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Tar Heels bowl eligible in 1st year of Brown’s return

Dec. 1, 2019 3:59 PM EST

Mack Brown and North Carolina are bowl eligible after routing a rival. The Tar Heels beat N.C. State 41-10 on Saturday night, reaching six victories in Brown’s first season of a second stint as North Carolina’s coach. There are 79 bowl-eligible teams, one more than needed to fill the 78 slots. Kent...

UNC defeats NC State 41-10 to become bowl-eligible

Dec. 1, 2019 12:12 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Mack Brown has North Carolina headed back to a bowl game in the first year of his second stint as the Tar Heels’ coach after freshman Sam Howell’s career-best 401 yards passing Saturday night sparked a 41-10 win over rival N.C. State. After a costly first-half...

UNC takes on NC State hoping to earn bowl invitation

Nov. 29, 2019 12:01 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina hasn’t earned a bowl berth in a while and hasn’t defeated North Carolina State in even longer. The Tar Heels can check off both of those boxes Saturday night. North Carolina can wrap up bowl eligibility for the first time in three years with a victory over...

College Football Picks: Rivalry week wraps conference races

Nov. 27, 2019 1:29 PM EST

There is much to sort out this rivalry weekend and lots of football spread out over three days. All you need is a comfortable chair, a few screens and a couple trays of leftovers to get you through. Along with this conference-by-conference rundown of what’s at stake: Atlantic Coast Conference — The...

ACC, SEC rivals collide with postseason berths on the line

Nov. 27, 2019 12:24 PM EST

The Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference have something to prove as they enter a rivalry-themed week featuring four matchups between the two leagues. This week’s SEC vs. ACC showdowns are particularly important for No. 3 Clemson (No. 3 College Football Playoff ) and No. 4 Georgia (No. 4...

Howell, North Carolina roll past Mercer 56-7 in home finale

Nov. 23, 2019 8:10 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Sam Howell and North Carolina didn’t have to battle to a frantic, drama-filled finish this time. No, the Tar Heels took care of Saturday’s game by halftime in a performance that their Hall of Fame coach called “exactly what we needed.” Howell threw for...

Tar Heels begin 2-game bowl push with home finale vs Mercer

Nov. 22, 2019 10:49 AM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is down to its last two chances to earn a bowl game in Mack Brown’s return. The Tar Heels host Mercer on Saturday in their final home game. They must win that one and the regular-season finale at rival North Carolina State to reach six wins for bowl...

Only 8 ACC teams have bowl eligibility, and time running out

Nov. 20, 2019 10:59 AM EST

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — For the Atlantic Coast Conference, eight may not be enough. Only eight ACC teams have secured bowl eligibility, and unless some teams find a way to rally that will mean the league will be sending fewer teams to the postseason than it has in any year since expanding to 14 schools...

No. 3 Clemson focused heading into final push to playoffs

Nov. 15, 2019 10:01 AM EST

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — No. 3 Clemson is back in playoff position with no plans to give up its foothold after clinching a fifth straight ACC Atlantic Division title. Even some past Tiger stars are helping make sure this group maintains its focus. Clemson (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had expected a...

Pickett accounts for 3 TDs, Pitt edges UNC 34-27 in OT

Nov. 15, 2019 1:29 AM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The play gave Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett the option of keeping it or handing it off to running back Vincent Davis. Only it really wasn’t an option at all. Pickett knew he was going to keep the ball before he even took the snap on first-and-goal at the North Carolina 3 in...