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Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Trevor Lawrence claim ACC Coach, Rookie of the Year honors

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Second-ranked Clemson may not have dominated the first-team all-conference squads like one would expect, but they are doing quite well in the initial stages of the “(Fill in the blank) of the Year” honors.

Coming off his fourth consecutive Atlantic division title, Dabo Swinney has been named as the ACC’s Coach of the Year.  This is Swinney’s second such honor, with the first coming in 2015.

Finishing second to Swinney’s 27 votes was Syracuse’s Dino Babers and his 22 votes.  Pat Narduzzi of Coastal champion Pitt (nine votes), Boston College’s Steve Addazio (one) and Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall (one) were the only other coaches to receive votes.

Additionally, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence claimed both the ACC’s overall Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year awards.  The true freshman was the overwhelming winner in both categories, receiving 57 votes in each.

On the other side of the ball, Syracuse safety Andre Cisco was named as the conference’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.

ACC Rookie of the Year
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson — 57 votes
Xavier Thomas, DE, Clemson — 1
Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse — 1
Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State — 1

ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson — 57
Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State — 2
Tobias Oliver, QB, Georgia Tech — 1

ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year
Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse — 40
Xavier Thomas, DE, Clemson — 10
Jaiden Woodbey, LB, Florida State — 5
Charlie Thomas, LB, Georgia Tech — 3
Trey Morrison, CB, North Carolina — 2

Florida State’s record bowl streak not dead yet as FSU stuns No. 20 Boston College

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Left for postseason dead given its remaining schedule, Florida State showed Saturday afternoon and on into the evening that there’s still some life left in the Seminoles.

At 4-6, Florida State came into Week 12 needing to beat No. 20 Boston College this week and No. 13 Florida State next to become bowl-eligible in 2018.  In stunning fashion Saturday night, the Seminoles took care of half of its remaining business as unranked FSU stunned No. 20 Boston College with a 22-21 win in Tallahassee.

Trailing 21-16, Deondre Francois connected with Tamorrion Terry on a 74-yard touchdown pass with 1:49 remaining that proved to be the game-winning score.  The win snaps a three-game losing streak that came amidst a five-game run to end the regular season against five ranked teams.

Now standing at 5-6, FSU needs to beat rival and 13th-ranked Florida next Saturday to become bowl-eligible.  At stake is FSU’s bowl streak, which at 36 straight is the longest ever at the FBS level.  The NCAA, though, does not recognize that streak as FSU was deemed to have vacated its 2006 Emerald Bowl win because of an academic cheating scandal; instead, Nebraska’s 35-game streak, which ended in 2003, is recognized by the NCAA as the record.

Should FSU lose to Florida next week, Virginia Tech would be poised to take over the longest active streak of bowl appearances.  Tech has a current streak of 25 straight, but, at 4-6 following today’s loss to Miami, needs to beat Virginia next Saturday and then, if they beat their rival, beat Marshall in a newly-scheduled game to keep it alive.

And, should both Florida State and Virginia Tech fail to make the postseason?  Georgia, at 22 straight including this season, would take over as the team with the nation’s longest bowl streak.

College football odds for Week 9: Notre Dame, Oklahoma among heavy favorites

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Notre Dame has some history of playing down to the level of heavy underdogs under Brian Kelly, but it is catching a struggling Navy squad in a neutral-site game this weekend.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who made a quarterback switch to Ian Book earlier this month, are 23.5-point favorites on this week’s college football odds against the Navy Midshipmen with a 54.5-point total for Saturday at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The matchup takes place at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego. During the nine-season Kelly era, the Fighting Irish are 15-1 straight-up and 6-9-1 against the spread as a favorite of 20.0 or more points. Notre Dame (7-0)  is also 1-4 ATS in its last five games against Navy (2-5) and 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games against American Athletic Conference foes. However, Navy comes in saddled with a losing record on the season and a 0-5 ATS record in its last five games. The total has gone OVER in six of the last eight Notre Dame-Navy matchups.

Elsewhere in Week 9 (all times ET):

West Virginia (5-1) at Baylor (4-3), Thursday, 7 p.m.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are 14-point favorites against the Baylor Bears with a 67-point total in a Thursday matchup. West Virginia is 0-4 ATS in its last four games in October. The total has gone UNDER in six of West Virginia’s last eight conference games. Baylor is 0-9 SU in its last nine road games against teams with winning records.

Miami (5-2) at Boston College (5-2), Friday, 7 p.m.
The Miami Hurricanes are 3.5-point road favorites against the Boston College Eagles with a 49.5-point total in a Friday matchup. Miami is 5-1 ATS in its last six games against Boston College. The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Boston College’s last 20 games in October.

Florida (6-1) at Georgia (6-1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
The Georgia Bulldogs are 6.5-point favorites against the Florida Gators with a 52-point total in a matchup at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. Florida is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games in October, according to the OddsShark College Football Database. The total has gone OVER in four of Georgia’s last five games in October.

Clemson (7-0) at Florida State (4-3), Noon
The Clemson Tigers are 16.5-point road favorites against the Florida State Seminoles with a 51-point total. The total has gone OVER in seven of Clemson’s last nine road games against teams with winning records. Florida State is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 conference games.

Texas A&M (5-2) at Mississippi State (4-3), 7 p.m.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 2.5-point favorites against the Texas A&M Aggies with a 45-point total. Texas A&M is 1-4 ATS in its last five games against Mississippi State. Mississippi State is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home in October, but is also 1-5 ATS in its last six conference games.

Iowa (6-1) at Penn State (5-2), 3:30 p.m.
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 6.5-point favorites against the Iowa Hawkeyes with a 51.5-point total. Iowa is 8-1 SU and ATS in its last nine games. The total has gone UNDER in four of Iowa’s last five road games against Penn State. Penn State is 15-6 ATS in its last 21 conference games.

Wisconsin (5-2) at Northwestern (4-3), Noon
The Wisconsin Badgers are 7-point road favorites against the Northwestern Wildcats with a 51-point total. Wisconsin is 12-2 ATS in its last 14 road games. The total has gone OVER in seven of Wisconsin’s last nine road games, with an average combined score of 50.11. Northwestern is 6-14 ATS in its last 20 games at home against teams with winning records.

Kansas State (3-4) at Oklahoma (6-1), 3:30 p.m.
The Oklahoma Sooners are heavy 24.5-point betting favorites against the Kansas State Wildcats with a 64-point total. Kansas State is 21-5 ATS in its last 26 road games against teams with winning records. Oklahoma is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games at home.

Texas (6-1) at Oklahoma State (4-3), 8 p.m.
The Texas Longhorns are 3.5-point favorites against the Oklahoma State Cowboys with a 59.5-point total. Texas is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games against Oklahoma State. The total has gone OVER in seven of Oklahoma State’s last nine conference games.

Washington State (6-1) at Stanford (5-2), 7 p.m.
The Stanford Cardinal are 3-point favorites against the Washington State Cougars with a 53-point total. The total has gone OVER in Washington State’s last six road games, with an average combined score of 72.67. Stanford is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games. The total has gone UNDER in seven of Stanford’s last eight games in October.

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Upset brewing? Florida State holds halftime lead over No. 17 Miami

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With one traditional, heated mid-October upset already in the books, could another be in the offing? At the half in Coral Gables, Florida State holds a 20-7 lead over No. 17 Miami.

After forcing a three-and-out to open the game, Florida State took over at its own 42 and promptly marched to the end zone to take a 7-0 lead. Deondre Francois hit Tre' McKitty for a 21-yard gain on a 3rd-and-17 from midfield, then found Keith Gavin for a 17-yard scoring strike.

Miami’s equalizer came from that same 17-yard line, as the Hurricanes moved 83 yards in 14 plays, scoring on a 10-yard toss from N’Kosi Perry to Lawrence Cager on a 4th-and-2.

The Canes appeared primed to take their first lead when, on 1st-and-10 from their own 47, Perry was stripped by Brian Burns, and FSU’s DeCalon Brooks hopped on the loose pigskin.

Florida State turned that turnover into a 42-yard Ricky Aguayo field goal, then, after a 44-yard D.J. Matthews return of a 46-yard punt, the ‘Noles took control of the game with another 17-yard Francois touchdown pass, this one to Tamorrion Terry at the 1:32 mark of the second quarter.

Mark Richt curiously chose to go for a 4th-and-3 at the FSU 48 with 41 seconds left in the half, and Perry fired incomplete, turning the ball over to FSU. Perry finished the half hitting just 7-of-18 passes, so it was a curious move that backfired in an obvious way when Aguayo connected on a 53-yard field goal as time expired to give Florida State a 13-point lead.

Florida State receives to open the second half.

Minnesota DB Antoine Winfield, Jr. to miss remainder of season with foot injury

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For the second year in a row, Antoine Winfield, Jr.‘s season ends just four games after it started.

After appearing in 12 games and starting nine as a true freshman in 2016, Winfield was lost for the year four games into his sophomore campaign of 2017. He obtained a hardship waiver to play this season as a redshirt sophomore, but now will miss the rest of the season to a foot injury suffered in a 42-13 loss to Maryland on Saturday.

He will undergo surgery on Monday.

In a statement announcing the injury, Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck announced the Gophers will pursue another hardship waiver for Winfield, meaning he would be a fourth-year sophomore in 2019 if approved.

Winfield is the second Gopher to be lost for the season, following running back Rodney Smith.

“We are heartbroken for Antoine,” Fleck said. “Like Rodney Smith, I know he will keep his oar in the water, keep moving forward and will work tirelessly to return to the field next season. We believe Antoine meets the waiver requirement for a sixth year of eligibility and we will file that waiver with the NCAA at the conclusion of the season.”

Winfield led all Gophers defensive backs with 17 tackles on the year while tying for the team lead with one interception. He was also the team’s punt returner, notching a 76-yard score in a 48-10 win over New Mexico State on Sept. 1 and a 31-yard return in a 26-3 defeat of Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 15.

Minnesota (3-1) is off Saturday before visiting Iowa on Oct. 6