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Panthers still searching for consistency as September closes

Sep. 24, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The silence coming from the back of the bus offered Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi all the proof he needed that his maddeningly inconsistent team remains fully engaged. For now, that's all Narduzzi can ask for. Well, that and the hope the small mistakes that piled up into a messy loss at...

Unbeaten Syracuse turns its focus toward No. 3 Clemson

Sep. 24, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Dino Babers has never experienced this before in seven seasons as a head coach — his Syracuse Orange are undefeated after four games and received votes this week in the AP Top 25. That's heady territory for a vagabond coach who's toiled for more than three decades at 14...

No. 3 Clemson tabs freshman Trevor Lawrence new starting QB

Sep. 24, 2018 2:45 PM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Freshman Trevor Lawrence is the new starting quarterback for third-ranked Clemson, replacing senior Kelly Bryant. — for now. The move doesn't mean Bryant is being benched, or won't regain the starting spot. Though Clemson coach Dabo Swinney isn't saying much about the change....

Hokies' QB Josh Jackson to have surgery; return uncertain

Sep. 24, 2018 2:19 PM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson has a broken left fibula and will have surgery. Coach Justin Fuente made the announcement Monday. The coach said the surgery will take place Tuesday, but gave no timetable for how long Jackson will be sidelined. Jackson, in his second season as...

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Basketball schools storm football poll

Sep. 24, 2018 2:36 AM EDT

The AP college football poll had a basketball feel this week. Kentucky and Duke moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season Sunday. For the Blue Devils (4-0) it is their first appearance since October 2015. It has been a lot longer for the Wildcats, who were last ranked in November 2007. The last time...

Wake Forest fires defensive coordinator after ND loss

Sep. 23, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest has fired defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel. Coach Dave Clawson announced the move Sunday, a day after the Demon Deacons' 56-27 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame , while saying it was "not a spur of the moment decision." Wake Forest (2-2) has allowed 97 points in its past two...

AP Top 25: Kentucky enters rankings for 1st time since '07

Sep. 23, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

After a season-high seven ranked teams lost, the back half of the AP college football poll got a makeover on Sunday. Five teams entered the Top 25, including No. 17 Kentucky for the first time since 2007 and No. 22 Duke. At the top it was mostly status quo, with Alabama, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State staying...

QB change gives No. 8 Irish optimism entering Stanford week

Sep. 23, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A quarterback change helped make No. 8 Notre Dame finally feel good about its offense again. Now the question is whether the Fighting Irish will stick with him this week against No. 7 Stanford. The Fighting Irish's offense found a groove arguably for the first time all year,...

For Miami's N'Kosi Perry, the waiting game might be over

Sep. 23, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The last time that Miami quarterback N'Kosi Perry started a real football game was 22 months ago, back when he was still in high school. That might be about to change. As if a short week wasn't going to present enough challenges for the Hurricanes — who open defense of...

Virginia Tech dismissed DE Trevon Hill from team

Sep. 23, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech has dismissed junior defensive end Trevon Hill from the football team. Coach Justin Fuente made the announcement Sunday, saying Hill has failed to uphold "the high standards that we have for our student-athletes." Hill had 11 tackles in three games for the Hokies (2-1),...