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Kiffin expects Ole Miss QB Altmyer to be able to play Pac-12’s northern schools still factor into title game chase Clemson back-to-back: No. 21 Wake Forest, then No. 12 ‘Pack

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OXFORD, Mississippi – coach from Mississippi. Lane Kiffin said the defender Luke Altmayer should be able to play against Georgia Tech, but he doesn’t say who will start for the 20th seed Rebels.

Altmayer suffered an upper body injury in the second quarter of a game against Central Arkansas and did not play in the second half of the Rebels’ 59–3 win.

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USC translation Jackson Dart started the game and Altmayer made the first snaps in the second game.

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“(Altmaier) was there today,” Kiffin said of the workout. “I think he’ll be all right. So we’re just going to move forward the same way we went.

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“Maybe later in the week we’ll find out who goes first.”

Altmaier had 6-of-13 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns and scored the third most of the game. One day he was intercepted.

Dart completed 10 of 15 passes for 182 yards and a couple of touchdowns.

The start of the four Pacific Northwest schools would have all the hallmarks of an exciting race in the Pac-12 North Division.

If only the Northern Division still existed.

This Pac-12 season marks the first time that the two teams with the highest winning percentages in conference games will meet in a championship game. This year, Pac-12 decided to do away with divisions after the NCAA Division I Board changed a rule requiring conferences to have divisions for championship games.

At most conferences, there is often an imbalance of divisions, but this was especially noticeable at the Pac-12. In five of the 11 years since the conference expanded in 2011, teams from the same division would have met in a title game. In all but one of these scenarios, it would be two teams from the North.

While Utah’s No. 13 and Southern California’s No. 7 receive the most attention nationally, the northern conference brothers will have something to say about who plays in Las Vegas on December 2. The team from the Northern division has won nine tournaments. 11 championship games.

Washington, Washington State and Oregon State started 3-0, while Oregon State 2-1. The Huskies and Ducks had their most significant wins this past weekend, with Washington beating No. 11 Michigan State 39-28 and Oregon beating No. 12 BYU 41-20.

AT Kalen DeBoerIn the first season, the Huskies were an unexpected conference team and could quickly bounce back from last year’s 4-8 campaign. Their convincing win over the Spartans took them to 18th on the AP Top 25 this week.

Washington opens Saturday’s Pac-12 game against Stanford, but the Huskies also have an advantage going forward. Because this season’s schedule is still division-based, the Huskies will not play USC or Utah.

They also have away games, but the biggest test will come later this season when they visit Oregon on Nov. 12 and Washington State two weeks later.

“I think we are clearly bringing fame to our programs. He tells us that we must be the best and that is why we must continue to improve. These games are going to be big in the future, and they’re going to be against really good football teams,” DeBoer said. “Speaking with both sides of my mouth here, it’s nice to see, but it’s also an understanding that we’ll be busy throughout the season.”

The next two weeks could determine Oregon’s chances of reaching the conference title game. The Beavers will host USC on Saturday and head to Utah next week. The Beavers took their first win at the Los Angeles Coliseum since 1960 last year, but under a freshman coach, the Trojans have become a different team. Lincoln Riley and protector Caleb Williams.

“That’s what we were aiming for,” coach Jonathan Smith said of Oregon State’s first 3-0 start in eight years. “You start the season, you have a non-conference schedule, and I think we played well. But the real season is starting now, the first of nine conference games where we want to do the same.”

Washington State scored one of the most significant road wins in the conference on September 10 when it eliminated 18th in Wisconsin. Saturday’s game against Oregon starts over the next five weeks, where she will also face USC, Oregon State and Utah.

Jake Dickert is the first Cougars manager to start his first full season 3-0 after Mike Price in 1989.

“I think we’re in a great place,” Dickert said. “They worked hard to get here and they deserve it. We are confident in what we need to do. Our guys understand the moment. They understand the challenge.”

No. 15 Oregon bounced back well from a 49-3 crushing loss to Georgia on September 3 and signaled that he would still be a factor in the conference race with his three-touchdown win over BYU. After Washington State, the Ducks’ most violent period comes in the last three games against Washington State, Utah and Oregon. They also don’t face USC this year.

First year trainer Dan Lanning likes how his team bounced back after the first match and praised his group’s ability to take criticism and improve.

“I think we play a little more physical football, actually on both sides of the ball, as we were able to set the run up and then did a good job on the perimeter. games,” he said. “Our training has been very good over the past few weeks and it has come through and carried over into the game. I think we’ll see the same thing this week.”

CLEMSON, South Carolina. Clemson’s ability to take control of the Atlantic Ocean ACC doesn’t get much clearer.

The fifth-place Tigers have a chance to become a clear division favorite or be in the group of contenders battling for the Atlantic crown.

Clemson (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) will face two other top-flight contenders starting Saturday at No. 21 in Wake Forest (3-0), the defending division champion who will open league play this week .

This is followed by Clemson’s home game against No. 12 NC State (3-0), who defeated the Tigers for the first time in 10 years in 2021.

Swallow them both and – before October really kicks off – Clemson will split and two-team tiebreakers voted, most likely to thwart the Tigers’ return to the ACC title. A couple of losses, and the Tigers will have to go through a steep pit to regain the championship they held from 2015 to 2020.

“If we want to get where we want by the end of the season,” Clemson concludes the defense. K.J. Henry says, “We have to mind our own business.”

The Tigers have done very well over the past decade.

Clemson has a 13-game win streak over Wake Forest and a 9-1 mark over North Carolina State. The only loss so far was last season, when the Wolf Pack won 27-21 at home in overtime.

The last Demon Deacons win over Clemson came in 2008, which resulted in the sacking of then-coach Tommy Bowden and a promotion to current Tigers coach. Dabo Sweeney as an intermediate option.

Coach Wake Forest Dave Clawson I have long heard about all the teams that his program could not defeat. He remembered losing five in a row to Florida State and three in a row to North Carolina State after arriving, but the Demon Deacons won their last two matches against the former Soviet Union and four of their last five against the Wolf Pack.

“You could have gone halfway through the ACC and we didn’t win,” Clawson said in his ninth season at Wake Forest. “Obviously in the Atlantic Division, that’s something we haven’t gotten yet. But there are a lot of teams that don’t have them because they haven’t lost many games.”

Clemson knows what’s at stake and will keep the same mentality they’ve used in winning their last nine games, the longest streak among Power Five teams.

“We try to bring that juice every week, every single day,” linebacker Clemson. Jeremiah Trotter Jr. said. “We try to treat every week like it’s the most important game of the year.”

It will be so for the next two weeks.

Don’t count on complacency from the Tigers, offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter said. The Demon Deacons “are the reigning champions in our division and we have the opportunity to build on this season and continue to build confidence,” he said.

North Carolina State has already faced some challenges to start the season, even in a year filled with hype.

The Wolf Pack began the season ranked 13th in the AP preseason poll, matching the program’s highest start-of-season score set in 1975, only to survive in East Carolina in the first week the Pirates missed two critical late strikes.

Two games later, ACC Preseason Player of the Year Devin Leary at quarterback, and his offense produced inconsistent results in a home win over Texas Tech, including touchdowns being canceled by both penalties and a goal loss. But the defense, with 10 returning starters, dominated the game and kept control of the wolf pack.

“We will try to become better,” the coach of the Wolf Pack. Dave Doeren said. “I think that’s what really good programs do. It doesn’t matter who you play, it matters how you play.”


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