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FILE - In this file photo from Nov. 14, 2019, Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi, center, celebrates a 34-27 overtime win against North Carolina in an NCAA college football game in Pittsburgh. Narduzzi enters his sixth season at Pittsburgh with a potentially dominant defense, and little respect. The Panthers didn't receive a single vote in the preseason AP Top 25, a sign his program still has something to prove in 2020. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

No. 25 Pitt looks to extend mastery over Syracuse

Sep. 17, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

Syracuse (0-1, 0-1 ACC) at No. 25 Pittsburgh (1-0, 0-0), Saturday at noon ET (ACC Network). Line: Pitt by 21 1/2. Series record: Pitt leads 40-32-3 WHAT’S AT STAKE? The Panthers entered head coach Pat Narduzzi's sixth season believing they have enough on both sides of the ball to be in the mix for a trip...

Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi talks wit Damarri Mathis during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Austin Peay, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

No. 25 Pitt prepping for sterner test against Syracuse

Sep. 17, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi isn't exactly thrilled the Panthers cracked the rankings following a 55-0 dismissal of Austin Peay in their season opener. Even in a year as strange as 2020, it carries significance. It also means, in some small way, that No. 25 Pitt goes from the hunter to...

North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (7) slides under Syracuse's Mikel Jones (13) after a short gain in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Syracuse coach Dino Babers hoping to see improvement

Sep. 15, 2020 6:27 AM EDT

One game into the season, Syracuse coach Dino Babers isn't sure what kind of team he has. It likely won't take long to find out. The Orange dropped their season opener 31-6 at No. 18 North Carolina on Saturday and now play at No. 25 Pittsburgh (1-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) in five days. The Panthers are...

North Carolina's Michael Carter breaks away from Syracuse's Geoff Cantin-Arku in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Stadiums quiet but college football, shows of unity go on

Sep. 12, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

The first big weekend of college football was mostly stripped of the pageantry that is at the heart of the game. The stands were empty, or attendance was limited, because of a pandemic that has disrupted the season. That didn't stop shows of support for the fight against racial injustice. Players for Kansas...

North Carolina's Michael Carter breaks away from Syracuse's Geoff Cantin-Arku in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Williams' 3 TDs help No. 18 UNC pull away from Syracuse 31-6

Sep. 12, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina opened a high-expectation season with a fast start and a strong finish, sandwiched around a run of mistake-filled play. And all of it came amid the unusual backdrop of section after section of empty seats. Javonte Williams ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns to...

Eligibility waiver denied for Syracuse OL Chris Bleich

Sep. 10, 2020 9:49 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The NCAA has denied a transfer waiver seeking immediate eligibility for Syracuse offensive lineman Chris Bleich. That means the former Florida lineman, a redshirt sophomore, won’t be able to play this fall unless he wins an appeal. “To all the fans that showed endless...

FILE - North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Dyami Brown during the first half of the Military Bowl NCAA college football game against Temple, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in Annapolis, Md. No. 18 North Carolina has plenty of hype with quarterback Sam Howell leading an offense full of returning playmakers for Mack Brown's second season. The Tar Heels open Saturday against Syracuse with a chance to prove the hype is deserved. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

No. 18 Tar Heels open season against Orange in ACC matchup

Sep. 10, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

North Carolina coach Mack Brown hasn’t tried to dismiss the high expectations that are following his 18th-ranked Tar Heels entering Saturday’s season-opening visit from Syracuse. The Tar Heels closed last season with three straight blowout wins, including in the Military Bowl against Temple. And...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo, North Carolina head coach Mack Brown stands on the sideline during an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. No. 18 North Carolina has plenty of hype with quarterback Sam Howell leading an offense full of returning playmakers for Mack Brown's second season. The Tar Heels open Saturday against Syracuse with a chance to prove the hype is deserved. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

No. 18 Tar Heels host Orange to open season in ACC play

Sep. 10, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

Syracuse at No. 18 North Carolina, Saturday at noon ET (ACC Network). Line: North Carolina by 23. Series record: Syracuse leads 3-2. WHAT’S AT STAKE? The Tar Heels surprised many with a bowl season to start Mack Brown's second tenure with the program. This time, there are higher expectations. UNC won its...

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers heads to the locker room at halftime of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest in Syracuse, N.Y. Babers has had to cope with three missed practices as he tries to get the Orange ready for a football season during a pandemic. So far, so good.   (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

Syracuse coach Dino Babers likes his Orange's leadership

Sep. 8, 2020 2:21 AM EDT

Syracuse coach Dino Babers sees a somewhat reassuring positive as the opener of his fifth season at the helm of the Orange looms. “I think the leadership is good,” Babers said Monday. “I think they’ve grown, not only on the football field but off the football field. There’s been...

FILE - Syracuse head coach Dino Babers walks the sideline during an NCAA college football game against Duke in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Babers enters his fifth year at the helm often repeating a phrase he despises: “I don’t know.” Such is life during a pandemic, when an invisible foe can alter a lineup in the blink of an eye. Less than two weeks before the season opener, Babers is trying to mold his team while also assuaging any fears the players voice regarding both the novel coronavirus and the racial tension across America. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown, File)

Syracuse has new coordinators, looks for bounceback season

Sep. 1, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

Syracuse coach Dino Babers enters his fifth year at the helm facing a rebuild after a down season. Not an easy task in this environment. Less than two weeks before the season opener, Babers was trying to answer every health question while molding his team and assuaging any fears the players voice regarding both...