ATLANTA (AP) — Brennan Armstrong helped Virginia get through a rough start in the first quarter to account for 349 yards in total offense and helped the Cavaliers to a three-game sled with a 16-9 win over Georgia Tech. In a matchup of the two lowest-scoring teams in the ACC, Virginia avoided a 0–4 start in conference play for the first time since 2014. The Cavaliers stopped a five-game losing streak on the road. Georgia Tech had won back-to-back for the first time since its four-game streak four years earlier and was attempting to get past .500 for the last time in each season since 2018.
DALLAS (AP) — The third in-person meeting of the conference commissioners conducting the college football playoffs since August ended without an expansion resolution, but not without optimism. The CFP Administrative Committee, made up of 10 major college football conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director, met for six hours. They were working on a plan to triple the number of playoff teams from four to twelve for the 2024 season. Playoff chief executive Bill Hancock says the work is “not done yet” and time is running out.
UNDATED (AP) – Duke is coming to Miami on Saturday for the first time since 2018. The Hurricanes have each had blowout wins at Duke for the past two years. Duke quarterback Riley Leonard showed a lot of toughness in last week’s loss to North Carolina. He threw for 245 yards and a score while rushing for another 130 yards and a touchdown. Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke is getting hot again. He had 496 yards against North Carolina two weeks ago and 351 more against Virginia Tech last week.
UNDATED (AP) – UCLA coach Chip Kelly stands outside his former school this weekend. The stakes have never been so high. UCLA’s No. 9 plays at No. 10 Oregon in a game that will likely narrow the Pac-12’s college football playoff chances to two teams. Kelly lost the first two games against Oregon but is taking a much better team to Autzen Stadium this year. The week in college football also includes No. TCU at No. 17 Kansas state and No. 6 Alabama at No. 24 Mississippi state.
UNDATED (AP) — At least one of the nine remaining undefeated teams in the Bowl Subdivision will lose that status on Saturday when No. 14 Syracuse plays No. 5 Clemson. The Atlantic Coast Conference game could be the last real hurdle for the Tigers to clinch another Atlantic Division title. Also on the list are Virginia, attending Georgia Tech Thursday night, Duke in Miami, Boston College at Wake Forest No. 13 and Pittsburgh in Louisville.
UNDATED (AP) — Pittsburgh running back Israel Abanikanda and North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye lead the nation in all-purpose yardage and total offense, respectively. They lead a large group of ACC players in the national rankings in both categories. The group includes Syracuse quarterback Garrett Shrader and running back Sean Tucker, Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei and Louisville’s Malik Cunningham. Many of these players got their schools off to a strong start and established themselves in the leaderboards. They’re also a nightmare for opposing defenses.
UNDATED (AP) — In a matchup between the two lowest-scoring teams in the ACC, Virginia is trying to avoid a 0-4 league start for the first time since 2013. The Cavaliers have lost five straight games on the road and are visitors for the third time in the last four games. Georgia Tech has won back-to-back and will be looking to get past .500 for the last time in any season since 2018. The Yellow Jackets have their first straight wins since winning their last four ACC games in 2018.
CLEMSON, SC (AP) — No. 5 Clemson and No. 14 Syracuse battle for control of the ACC Atlantic this weekend. It’s the first time in Clemson’s Death Valley’s 81-year history that two teams have each played 6-0 or better. Tigers coach Dabo Swinney says you shouldn’t read too much about his team’s recent success story against Orange because this Syracuse group is confident and capable. Syracuse is looking to continue its best start since its last undefeated season in 1987.
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