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ND-Wake ppd. due to Irish positive tests

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As the Atlantic Coast Conference worked Tuesday to reschedule another league game postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak within one of its teams, the Mountain West was zeroing in on a possible late October start to its football season.

No. 7 Notre Dame's game at Wake Forest on Saturday was postponed after positive COVID-19 tests landed 13 Fighting Irish players in isolation and another 10 in quarantine.

The schools said they were working with the ACC to reschedule the game. Both teams have off Oct. 3.


Minnesota star WR Bateman opts back in

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman has decided to opt back in for the 2020 football season in light of the Big Ten's resumption of fall competition, contingent on the star junior gaining the necessary eligibility clearance.

Coach P.J. Fleck confirmed Tuesday that Bateman, who won the conference's receiver of the year award in 2019, has rejoined the Gophers for practice.


No. 5 Gators settle into normal routine

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Dan Mullen is finally settling into a somewhat normal routine.

He's back to the game-week schedule he has used for more than a decade. Meetings, practice, treatment. Scouting, video study, game-planning. And now that the fifth-ranked Gators seem to have a grasp on COVID-19 testing as well as safety and social-distancing protocols, the drill seems to have become commonplace in a far-from-ordinary season.


Vandy's Mason still mum on starting QB

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Derek Mason knows who his new starting quarterback is. The Vanderbilt coach just isn't saying, not while looking for every advantage possible in the Commodores' season opener.

Whoever starts under center for Vanderbilt on Saturday night will be making his first in the Southeastern Conference on the road at No. 10 Texas A&M.


Kiffin, Leach set for challenging debuts

Lane Kiffin's Mississippi home debut was supposed to come against Southeast Missouri State. Mike Leach expected to start his first season at Mississippi State versus New Mexico.

Instead, both coaches - and their respective offenses - will encounter stiffer challenges in their Magnolia State debuts. Leach and the Bulldogs visit defending national champion and sixth-ranked LSU on Saturday, a challenge for his pass-happy Air Raid scheme.


South Carolina to debut revamped offense

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina now gets to see if changes on offense the Gamecocks have made since last fall will translate into wins.

The Gamecocks open the season Saturday night against No. 16 Tennessee. They lost five of their final six games last fall to finish 4-8, mainly because of their sputtering offense that was able to produce just one touchdown in its last 12 quarters.


Kansas, K-State try to rebound in Big 12

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas and Kansas State had plenty of reasons to believe this season would produce another solid brick for the foundation of their programs, despite spring football being scuttled by the coronavirus and an offseason unlike any other.

Turns out things were crumbling right from the start.


SEC to use devices for contact tracing

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Carrier Dome turns 40, gets new look

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse University's Carrier Dome opened 40 years ago with an overflow crowd that set an attendance record that still stands.

Pete Sala remembers when the Dome was just an idea on paper.


Deion Sanders named Jackson State coach

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Deion Sanders wiped away tears of joy and passion before speaking.

Jackson State's new football coach then stated "I believe" many times about what he envisions happening on and off the field.

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