MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — For Pitt, it's bowl season. For Miami, it's next season.
Kedon Slovis threw three touchdown passes, all to Jared Wayne, and Israel Abanikanda rushed for two touchdowns as Pittsburgh rolled past Miami 42-16 on Saturday night and eliminated the Hurricanes from bowl contention.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's chance to repeat as ACC champions essentially evaporated during a mistake-prone October in which the Panthers regularly beat themselves.
Faced with the prospect of giving another one away on Saturday against Duke, Pitt offered head coach Pat Narduzzi a glimpse of its growth, as anxiety-inducing as it may be for him to endure.
Duke (7-3, 4-2 ACC) at Pittsburgh (6-4, 3-3), Saturday, noon EST (ACC Network)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Pittsburgh by 7 1/2.
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 12:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Duke (7-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Pittsburgh (6-4, 3-3)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi knows to tread carefully when invoking the name Aaron Donald.
Narduzzi's doing it anyway when it comes to his defensive lineman Calijah Kancey. His play is giving him no choice.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kedon Slovis is in no hurry to talk about 2023. Getting through 2022 has been challenging enough for the Pittsburgh quarterback.
While Slovis said he and head coach Pat Narduzzi have “glossed over” the USC transfer's future, he's not quite ready to make any pronouncement about where he might be playing next season.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Pittsburgh got off to an exceedingly quick start Saturday at Virginia, returning passes by Brennan Armstrong on the first two plays from scrimmage for touchdowns.
“That's how you start fast on defense,” Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — M.J. Devonshire and Marquis Williams returned interceptions for touchdowns on the first two plays from scrimmage and Pittsburgh reached bowl eligibility with a 37-7 victory at Virginia on Saturday.
Pittsburgh (5-4, 2-3 ACC) at Virginia (3-6, 1-5), Saturday, 12 p.m. EST (ACCN)
Line: Pitt by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 25 Florida State (6-3, 4-3 ACC) at Syracuse (6-3, 3-2), Saturday, 8 p.m. EST (ACC Nework).
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Florida State by 7 1/2.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Stetson Bennett threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score and No. 1 Georgia shut down No. 2 Tennessee’s high-powered offense, dominating the Volunteers 27-13 on Saturday in an SEC showdown of the nation’s top-ranked teams.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Like the rest of their teammates, Rodney Hammond and C'Bo Flemister have sat and watched Israel Abanikanda carry Pittsburgh's offense for most of a wildly uneven season.
The ACC's leading rusher sidelined by an injury before Saturday's visit from No.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Syracuse has spent most of the fall upending expectations. Ripping off six straight victories to start the season will do that.
No. 22 Syracuse (6-2, 3-1 ACC) at Pittsburgh (7-4, 1-3), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
Line: Pitt by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Kenny Pickett's storybook finish at Pittsburgh last fall included a little bit of everything. A trip to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — J.T. Tuimoloau had a strip sack to set up No. 2 Ohio State for a touchdown and then had a pick-6 for the Buckeyes, who scored 28 points in the fourth quarter to erase a deficit and beat No.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Drake Maye threw for five touchdowns and Antoine Green had a career night with 180 yards receiving as No. 21 North Carolina overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to defeat Pittsburgh 42-24 on Saturday.
No. 10 Wake Forest (6-1, 2-1 ACC) at Louisville (4-3, 2-3), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ACC)
Line: Wake Forest by 3 1/2 according to FanDuel.com Sportsbook.
Pittsburgh (4-3, 1-2 ACC) at No. 21 North Carolina (6-1, 3-0), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
Line: UNC by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
North Carolina coach Mack Brown spent an open date experiencing “one of the joys of my life" by watching college football games and not experiencing the sideline pressure himself.
He will get plenty of that in the weeks ahead with his 21st-ranked Tar Heels leading their Atlantic Coast Conference division race.
Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 9:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Pittsburgh (4-3, 1-2) at No. 21 North Carolina (6-1, 3-0), 8 p.m. (ACCN)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Malik Cunningham threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to little-used tight end Josh Lifson midway through the fourth quarter, Kei’Trel Clark returned a sack fumble 59 yards for an insurance TD and Louisville beat Pittsburgh 24-10 on Saturday night for its second consecutive victory.
Pittsburgh (4-2, 1-1 ACC) at Louisville (3-3, 1-3), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ACC)
Line: Louisville by 2 1/2 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 8:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 14 Syracuse (6-0, 3-0 ACC) at No. 5 Clemson (7-0, 5-0)
Being listed at one skill position hasn’t stopped many Atlantic Coast Conference players from contributing elsewhere on offense.
In fact, several are thriving because of their versatility.
Pittsburgh running back Israel Abanikanda leads the nation in all-purpose yardage thanks to a string of eye-popping performances.
North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye and Syracuse coach Dino Babers headline the honorees in The Associated Press' midseason report for the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Maye, a second-year passer, was picked as the league's top offensive player through the season's first half in voting by AP writers covering league teams after ranking among the Bowl Subdivision's most prolific passers.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A week ago, running back Israel Abanikanda had his arm in a sling and Pittsburgh was at a low point in its season.
One week later, Abanikanda returned and enjoyed a game for the ages.
Virginia Tech (2-3, 1-1 ACC) at Pittsburgh (3-2, 0-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
Line: Pitt by 14 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brent Key held the ball given to him by his new boss and pointed to the gold “GT” logo on it, a symbol the former Georgia Tech lineman turned interim head coach tasked with holding his alma mater's struggling program together has held close for a quarter century and counting.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — After Bryce Young was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter, No. 2 Alabama turned to Jahmyr Gibbs and backup quarterback Jalen Milroe to pull away from No.
Georgia Tech (1-3, 0-1 ACC) at No. 24 Pittsburgh (3-1, 0-0), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
Line: Pitt by 21 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pat Narduzzi once appeared to be on shaky ground at Pittsburgh, at least externally. The Panthers slogged to a 5-7 record in his third season in 2017.
Rather than put him on the clock, athletic director Heather Lyke awarded him with a seven-year contract extension, confident in Narduzzi's vision.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez ran for 148 yards and four touchdowns, and the Wildcats stunned No. 6 Oklahoma 41-34 on Saturday night.
Martinez also passed for 234 yards and a score and Deuce Vaughn rushed for 116 yards for the Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 Big 12).
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tailback Israel Abanikanda rushed for four touchdowns and quarterback Kedon Slovis was solid in his return from injury as No. 24 Pittsburgh beat Rhode Island 45-24 on Saturday.
The Panthers (3-1) have been searching for a top-tier running game since Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall both rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2018.
Rhode Island at No. 24 Pittsburgh, Saturday, noon EDT (ACC Network)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pat Narduzzi has always been a fixer. A project guy. It doesn't matter if it's painting an office or slowly building a program, the Pittsburgh coach is always drawn to something that keeps his hands or his mind busy.
Three weeks into the season and there are still more than few teams ranked in The Associated Press college football poll that have a lot to prove.
The AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank was pretty much status quo this week after the first 10 teams swept on Saturday, almost untested.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Pitt junior running back Israel Abanikanda carried the ball 31 times for 131 yards and a touchdown to lead the No. 23 Panthers to a 34-13 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — On a day when West Virginia held a ceremony to honor some of its greatest offensive players, the Mountaineers put together their best showing in a year.
Tony Mathis rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns, CJ Donaldson ran for 101 yards and three scores, and West Virginia breezed to a 65-7 victory over Towson on Saturday.
No. 23 Pittsburgh at Western Michigan, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EDT (ESPNU)
Line: Pitt by 10½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Akron at No. 15 Tennessee, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (SEC Network+/ESPN+)
Line: Tennessee by 47 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Seeking revenge is the least of No. 23 Pittsburgh's concerns as it heads to Western Michigan on Saturday. At least for coach Pat Narduzzi.
There are far more pressing needs at the moment for the Panthers than trying to get even with the Broncos, who pulled off a 44-41 stunner in Pittsburgh last fall.
Towson (2-0) at West Virginia (0-2), Saturday, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN+)
Line: No line, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi says he doesn't know anything about the status of his quarterbacks as the 23rd-ranked Panthers prepare for a trip to Western Michigan.
USC transfer Kedon Slovis didn't play in the second half of Pitt's 34-27 overtime loss to Tennessee on Saturday.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Steven Gilmore returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter and Khalan Labron ran for 163 yards as Marshall shocked No. 8 Notre Dame 26-21 on Saturday, making Marcus Freeman the first Fighting Irish coach to lose his first three games.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tennessee coach Josh Heupel isn't sure his team would have found a way a year ago to win a game where it fumbled twice and allowed a blocked punt. All in the second half. On the road.
Kansas (1-0) at West Virginia (0-1), Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN+)
Line: West Virginia by 13 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pat Narduzzi does his best to block out the noise. Still, some of it filters through to the longtime Pittsburgh head coach.
So yes, he's aware the 17th-ranked Panthers (1-0) are underdogs on Saturday when 24th-ranked Tennessee (1-0) becomes the first Southeastern Conference school to visit Pittsburgh.
No. 24 Tennessee at No. 17 Pittsburgh, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. EDT (ABC)
Line: Tennessee by 6½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 24 Tennessee at No. 17 Pittsburgh. The game is dubbed the Johnny Majors Classic, honoring the man who coached both programs, and it's in a series that dates to 1980.