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No. 15 UCF eager for chance to make statement vs. Pitt

Sep. 20, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Heupel calls the growing groundswell of support for 15th-ranked UCF "outside noise." The coach stressed he can't control it and orders his players to tune it out even as the weeks pass, the blowouts pile up and the national profile for the current Group of Five darling ticks upward....

Rutgers, Boston College face off in 1st game since '04

Sep. 20, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Boston College and Rutgers will try to get back on track when they meet for the first time in 15 years. Both are coming off bad losses heading into Saturday's game at SHI Stadium. Rutgers (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten) was overwhelmed 30-0 two weeks ago against now-No. 18 Iowa. The Scarlet...

No. 8 Auburn faces big road test at No. 17 Texas A&M

Sep. 20, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — After playing their first big game of the season on the road at top-ranked Clemson, the No. 17 Texas A&M Aggies get their next test in front of their home crowd when they host eighth-ranked Auburn on Saturday. The Aggies try to adhere to coach Jimbo Fisher's mantra of...

NC State seeks defensive improvement against Ball State

Sep. 20, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State doesn't know exactly what kind of defense it has entering Saturday night's visit from Ball State. The Wolfpack didn't allow a touchdown in the first two games against overmatched East Carolina and Western Carolina teams. But the defense followed with a shaky...

McElwain returns to Florida as Central Michigan visits Miami

Sep. 20, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The last time Central Michigan's Jim McElwain coached a game in the state of Florida, it was a disaster. His return might not be much easier. Central Michigan (2-1) is a four-touchdown underdog for its matchup Saturday at Miami (1-2), and McElwain knows this will be a daunting...

Wake Forest looks to continue unbeaten start against Elon

Sep. 20, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest earned an impressive victory over an instate rival last week and formally opens Atlantic Coast Conference play next week. The unbeaten Demon Deacons have been good so far — but not good enough to overlook Elon of the FCS. Wake Forest (3-0) wraps up...

Brown faces former school when Tar Heels host App State

Sep. 20, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Mack Brown hopes to make this weekend one more feel-good milestone in his return to the sideline. The winningest active coach in the FBS faces the school that gave him his first head coaching job when North Carolina plays host to Appalachian State on Saturday in the instate...

Louisville, Florida State look to get back on track in ACC

Sep. 20, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State and Louisville are programs rich in football tradition. The Seminoles won a third national title in 2013, while the Cardinals were led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in Lamar Jackson in 2016. But both have recently fallen on hard times. Louisville didn't win a...

No. 21 Virginia hosts Old Dominion in schools' first meeting

Sep. 20, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder was looking forward to catching Virginia in a more vulnerable state when the Monarchs added the Cavaliers to their schedule. "I was really hoping when we scheduled this game three years ago that they wouldn't be this good if I'm being 100%...

Swinney sounding upset alert for No. 1 Clemson vs Charlotte

Sep. 20, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is on high alert for his team's game against Charlotte, even with the No. 1-ranked Tigers taking on a 49ers program that's only played Division I football since 2013. Swinney believes Charlotte (2-1) of Conference USA has the pieces on offense and defense to...