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FILE - Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi wears a face shield as he watches his team play against Notre Dame during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Pittsburgh. Narduzzi says Georgia Tech quarterback Jeff Sims' growth in making decisions is impressive for a freshman. Pitt's fierce pass rush will be a new test for Sims' ability to remain poised in the pocket on Saturday night. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

ACC could benefit from show of force behind 3 ranked teams

Nov. 18, 2020 2:44 PM EST

There is a growing look of mediocrity in the middle of the Atlantic Coast Conference's standings. The league appears to have sagged in the middle even as the ACC's headliners have been quite impressive. There are three Top 25 teams — No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 4 Clemson and No. 12 Miami — sitting atop...

Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of a NFL football game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sunday, November 15, 2020. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

The Latest: LA Rams player tests positive for coronavirus

Nov. 18, 2020 2:34 AM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Los Angeles Rams will hold their team meetings from home Wednesday after an unidentified player tested positive for coronavirus Tuesday night. The player is self-quarantining, and the Rams say they are “entering...

North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (7) passes against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Howell, Tar Heels make big rally to beat Wake Forest 59-53

Nov. 14, 2020 5:47 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — There's no deficit that Sam Howell and his North Carolina teammates feel they can't overcome. The sophomore threw for program records of 550 yards and six touchdowns and scored the go-ahead rushing TD with 4:11 left to help North Carolina rally past Wake Forest 59-53 on Saturday,...

Syracuse linebacker Stefon Thompson (27) puts pressure on Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman (10) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Syracuse, N.Y. (Dennis Nett/The Post-Standard via AP)

Tar Heels, Demon Deacons meet in ACC instate matchup

Nov. 12, 2020 11:32 AM EST

Wake Forest has spent the past month avoiding major mistakes to put together a solid winning streak entering Saturday's trip to North Carolina. It's an example of the consistency that Mack Brown would love to see from his Tar Heels. The Demon Deacons (4-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won four straight...

Wake Forest Demon Deacons running back Christian Beal-Smith (26) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Syracuse, N.Y. (Dennis Nett/The Post-Standard via AP)

Wake Forest wins 4th straight, overpowers Syracuse 38-14

Oct. 31, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — After a perfect October and Wake Forest's fourth straight win, coach Dave Clawson has a pretty good handle on his team. He likes what he sees. Kenneth Walker III ran for three touchdowns, Gavin Holmes scored on a 32-yard interception and Wake Forest overpowered Syracuse 38-14 on...

Syracuse head coach Dino Babers walks off the field after an NCAA college football game against Clemson in Clemson, S.C., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Ken Ruinard/Pool Photo via AP)

Syracuse hosts Wake Forest and looks to end 3-game skid

Oct. 29, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

A week after giving top-ranked Clemson fits for nearly three quarters, Syracuse is eager to prove it wasn't a fluke. The unbeaten Tigers led by just six points late in the third quarter last Saturday in Death Valley before pulling away for a 47-21 victory. The Orange (1-5, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) have...

Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertze throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

STAT WATCH: Accuracy of Mertz, Fields in openers tops FBS

Oct. 26, 2020 2:48 AM EDT

The passing accuracy displayed by Wisconsin's Graham Mertz and Ohio State's Justin Fields in their teams' openers had only been seen once before in the Big Ten in the past 20 years. Mertz and Fields each completed 20 of 21 passes (95.2%) for the best performances in the country since another Big Ten quarterback,...

Wake Forest defensive back Nick Andersen (45) is congratulated by teammates after intercepting a pass in the end zone on the last play of the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Andrew Dye/The Winston-Salem Journal via AP)

Wake Forest beats No. 19 Virginia Tech 23-16

Oct. 24, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Walk-on freshman safety Nick Andersen had three interceptions, Christian Beal-Smith ran for 129 yards and Nick Sciba kicked three field goals to help Wake Forest beat No. 19 Virginia Tech 23-16 on Saturday. Andersen stopped two deep Hokies drives. His third interception ended...

Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker, left, scores in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boston College in Blacksburg Va. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)

No. 19 Hokies looking to run over Wake Forest on the road

Oct. 22, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

No. 19 Virginia Tech (3-1, 3-1 ACC) at Wake Forest (2-2, 1-2), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network). Line: Virginia Tech by 8 1/2. Series record: Virginia Tech leads 25-12-2. WHAT’S AT STAKE? It's a ways away, but if the Hokies can keep winning, their Dec. 5 game at home against top-ranked Clemson could...

Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker, top, celebrates a touchdown with Christian Darrisaw in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Boston College in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP, Pool)

No. 19 Virginia Tech presents big challenge for Wake Forest

Oct. 22, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

Justin Fuente makes it clear No. 19 Virginia Tech has many areas in which it needs to improve. The good news for the Hokies (3-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) is that reinforcements are likely on the way, though Fuente said he has learned not to take anything for granted. The Hokies, without an average of 18...