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WINSTON-SALEM — Coach Dave Clawson hopes his Wake Forest players are all grown up now. The Demon Deacons have been among the nation’s youngest teams during Clawson’s first two years at the school. All those freshmen and sophomores on his first depth chart in 2014 are now juniors and seniors, and he’s hoping they can take a noticeable step forward after consecutive 3-9 seasons. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 580 words, AP Photo NY159.


RALEIGH — North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren is hoping a new look can give the Wolfpack a needed lift in the Atlantic Coast Conference. There’s a new offensive coordinator. There’s also a quarterback battle for a team seeking a third straight bowl bid. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 600 words, AP Photos NCGB306, NCGB304, NCGB301, NCGB307, NCGB302, NCGB303, NCGB308, NCGB305.


CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora spent the past two seasons saying it was time for his Tar Heels to compete for an Atlantic Coast Conference division title. Now that his Tar Heels have won one, the next step is winning an ACC championship and topping a season in which his team matched a program record for wins. By Sports Writer Aaron Beard. SENT: 610 words, AP Photos NCGB316, NCGB315, NCGB311, NCGB310.


DURHAM — One by one over the past few years, Duke has taken care of nearly every item on its program-building checklist. The Blue Devils have posted three straight winning seasons. They’ve won an Atlantic Coast Conference divisional championship and played for a league title. They’ve reached four straight bowls, finally winning one. By Sports Writer Joedy McCreary. SENT: 570 words, AP Photos NCGB324, NCGB322, NCGB320, NCGB323, NCGB321.


GREENSBORO — Atlantic Coast Conference athletic directors are holding off on going to a nine-game league football schedule. League spokeswoman Amy Yakola said in a text message to The Associated Press that the ADs had “good further discussions” in a Friday morning conference call but made no decision on scheduling changes. SENT: 200 words.


NEW ORLEANS — While Appalachian State will always be remembered for its stunning upset of Michigan in the Big House in 2007, the Mountaineers are setting a new standard now. Since moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 2014, Appalachian State has proved it was primed for a quick transition up to the NCAA’s top-tier Football Bowl Subdivision. By Sports Writer Brett Martel. SENT: 740 words, AP Photos NY357, NY358.

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