CCBC Players of the Game WPIAL 3A Championship, Friday November 13, 2020

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Elizabeth Forward- Nico Mrvos
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Two Pac-12 football games canceled as virus problems linger

Two Pac-12 football games canceled as virus problems linger
By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer
The Pac-12’s football schedule has been scrambled for a second straight week. Positive COVID-19 tests have led to the cancellation of both the Arizona State-California and UCLA-Utah football games. The Sun Devils’ home opener was nixed because of several positive COVID-19 tests among the team’s players and coaching staff, including head coach Herm Edwards. Utah also determined it didn’t have the minimum number of scholarship players available for its game against UCLA. There have been 14 games across the Football Bowl Subdivision canceled this week.

Pitt vs. Georgia Tech Game on Saturday Postponed

(Pittsburgh) The University of Pittsburgh announced it is pausing all football activities as the coronavirus has made a resurgence, especially in Allegheny County.

Pitt officials said the suspension of team activities is “due to COVID-related protocols.” The Panthers’ next game at Georgia Tech has also been postponed until Dec. 12.

 

It’s unclear when Pitt will resume football activities, but it is scheduled to next play Nov. 21 at Heinz Field against Virginia Tech.

 

The team Pitt was scheduled to play on Saturday, Georgia Tech, released a statement late Thursday about the postponement as well.

Georgia Tech officials said they are unable to field the necessary number of players to compete this weekend because of a combination of injuries, COVID-19 contact tracing and a low number of tests available.

Struggling Pittsburgh, Florida State look to get on track

Struggling Pittsburgh, Florida State look to get on track
BOB FERRANTE Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A season that began with high expectations for Florida State and Pittsburgh has instead been disappointing. The Panthers have just two Atlantic Coast Conference wins and have allowed 30 or more points in four straight games, all of them losses. Meanwhile, the Seminoles have won just one ACC contest and have given up 35 points per game. Florida State also has allowed more than 500 offensive yards in its last three games.

No. 3 Notre Dame puts 10-game win streak on the line at Pitt

No. 3 Notre Dame puts 10-game win streak on the line at Pitt
The Associated Press undefined
Third-ranked Notre Dame takes a 10-game winning streak to Pittsburgh to face the struggling Panthers. The Fighting Irish are coming off a sluggish 12-7 victory over Louisville but moved up to third in the polls anyway following Georgia’s loss to Alabama. Pitt has dropped three straight since a 3-0 start and could play without quarterback Kenny Pickett, who is nursing an ankle injury. The game features one of the nation’s best offensive lines against a Pitt defense that leads the country in sacks. Notre Dame has won 5 of the 6 six meetings between the schools.

No. 8 Nittany Lions eager for Big Ten opener at Indiana

No. 8 Nittany Lions eager for Big Ten opener at Indiana
By The Associated Press undefined
No. 8 Penn State opens the highly-anticipated 2020 season Saturday at Indiana. It’s the latest season-opener for the Nittany Lions since 1918 when they didn’t open until Nov. 2 because of the influenza pandemic. The Hoosiers are coming off their first eight-win season since 1993 and are looking for their first upset of a top-10 team since a 31-10 blowout at Ohio State in 1987. Penn State could be without starting running back Journey Brown. Coach James Franklin says Brown could miss the entire season with an undisclosed medical condition that was diagnosed during an unusual offseason. If Brown doesn’t play, Noah Cain and Devyn Ford would be the likely replacements.

No. 21 Pitt faces speedy test against No. 24 Louisville

No. 21 Pitt faces speedy test against No. 24 Louisville
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — No. 21 Pittsburgh will try for its first 3-0 start since 2014 when the Panthers host No. 24 Louisville. It’s the first game between ranked teams at Heinz Field in more than a decade. The Panthers have been dominant through two weeks but the Cardinals present a significant step up in class for Pitt following easy wins over Austin Peay and Syracuse. Louisville is coming off a tough loss at home to Miami. The Cardinals are led by quarterback Malik Cunningham, who has gone over 300 yards in each of Louisville’s first two games.

Michigan-Ohio State finale highlights 3rd Big Ten schedule

Michigan-Ohio State finale highlights 3rd Big Ten schedule
By The Associated Press undefined
The Big Ten’s third football schedule of the 2020 season is highlighted by Michigan-Ohio State on Dec. 12, the final day of the conference’s regular-season and the latest date the rivals have ever played. The Big Ten released an eight-games-in-eight-weeks schedule that will start the weekend of Oct. 24. The opening weekend features Nebraska at Ohio State, two teams that were at the forefront of the grassroots push to play fall football in the Big Ten. In Week 2, Ohio State will play at Penn State on Halloween.

No. 25 Pitt overcomes mistakes, slips by Syracuse 21-10

No. 25 Pitt overcomes mistakes, slips by Syracuse 21-10
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Pickett threw for two touchdowns and ran for another TD, and No. 25 Pittsburgh’s defense did the rest as the Panthers beat Syracuse 21-10. Pitt limited the Orange to 171 total yards, 69 of them coming on backup quarterback Rex Culpepper’s second-quarter touchdown strike to a streaking Taj Harris. Otherwise, Syracuse mustered very little against the Panthers’ dominant front seven. The Panthers sacked Culpepper and starter Tommy DeVito seven times, rarely letting the quarterbacks get comfortable. Pitt has won 14 of its last 16 meetings with the Orange.

Big Ten changes course, will play fall football after all

Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after the conference announced it would push football and other fall sports to spring because of the pandemic, the conference changed course. The Big Ten plans to begin its season the weekend of Oct. 24 with an eight-game schedule for each team. The Big Ten says its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to restart sports. Back in August, the conference voted to postpone fall sports.