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No. 12 North Carolina returns to ACC play vs Boston College

Oct. 1, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 4: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 12 North Carolina at Boston College on Saturday. The Tar Heels (1-0, 1-0 ACC) haven't played since Sept. 12 after Charlotte pulled out of a scheduled game a week later due to the coronavirus pandemic and they had this past...

Texas' Sam Ehlinger (11) is tackled by Texas Tech's Adrian Frye (7) short of the goal line during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)

College Football Picks: Another week of Big 12 upset alerts

Sep. 30, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

In recent years, the Big 12 has been at once completely stable and highly volatile. Oklahoma has won five straight conference championships, losing one game in league play along the way the last four seasons, always as a substantial favorite. The rest of the conference has been a choose-your-own-adventure ride,...

Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente looks on after an NCAA college football game against North Carolina State Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)

Signs of conditioning issues concern for some ACC schools

Sep. 30, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

Virginia Tech’s twice-delayed season-opener could hardly have started any better. By the middle of the first quarter, the Hokies led North Carolina State 17-0 despite being without almost two dozen players for COVID-19 and injury-related issues, as well as two assistant coaches. The coronavirus had...

Swinney says No. 1 Tigers healthy, virus free after off week

Sep. 29, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney acknowledges how edgy he gets waiting for COVID-19 test results to come back for the top-ranked Tigers. And maybe, he said Tuesday, he was even more anxious this week after giving players Friday and Saturday off for Clemson's bye week. “Yeah, when you see that text message from...

Swinney: Not in favor of social justice messages on uniforms

Sep. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney does not support messages of social justice or other issues on player uniforms. Swinney said Tuesday his stance is solely because he's a college football traditionalist who values the historic look of jerseys, not because he disagrees with efforts to combat social injustice. ...

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2019, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws a pass against Clemson during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal in Glendale, Ariz. When Fields got together with some of his teammates last Saturday to watch college football on TV, the mood was dark. “Distraught,” Fields said. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Big Ten back in poll, not on field

Sep. 28, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

There was no way this was going to turn out anything but odd, and it's not going to get easier going forward. The college football season will not have all 10 FBS conferences playing until the first week of November. In the Associated Press college football poll, however, all Division I teams that plan to play in...

NC State safety being released from hospital after scare

Sep. 27, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State says safety Khalid Martin is being discharged from a Virginia hospital with no “radiographic abnormalities” after being examined for a possible spinal cord injury. The football team tweeted the update Sunday, a day after Martin collided with teammate...

Pittsburgh linebacker SirVocea Dennis takes down Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham as he gets a pass off in the fourth quarter during an NCAA college football game at Heinz Field, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Punishing Pitt: No. 24 Panthers relying on dominant defense

Sep. 27, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi bit his tongue all week whenever someone would mention the challenge Louisville's fast pace would present when the Cardinals visited Heinz Field. After another 60 minutes of dominance in a 23-20 victory over the Cardinals that was close only on the...

POLL ALERT: No. 6 Ohio St, No. 10 Penn St jump back into Top 25; LSU, Oklahoma fall; Clemson, Alabama, Florida top poll.

Sep. 27, 2020 2:01 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — POLL ALERT: No. 6 Ohio St, No. 10 Penn St jump back into Top 25; LSU, Oklahoma fall; Clemson, Alabama, Florida top poll.
Virginia Tech's Tayvion Robinson, left, catches a touchdown pass in front of North Carolina State's Malik Dunlap, right, during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Blacksburg, Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)

Patterson steps up, leads No. 20 Hokies past NC State 45-24

Sep. 27, 2020 12:54 AM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Quincy Patterson II came off the bench to throw two touchdown passes and run for another score, leading No. 20 Virginia Tech to a 45-24 victory over NC State on Saturday night. Despite playing without 23 players and four coaches because of coronavirus issues and injuries –...