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After finishing their second season in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision with a 52-14 victory last Saturday, the 49ers will move up to the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision and Conference USA in 2015.

Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State remained the top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Bears (11-0) – two weeks removed from their first undefeated regular season since 1962 – will host Valdosta State (9-2) in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs Saturday. Game time at Moretz Field is noon.

North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams smiled when the question was asked Tuesday about N.C. State’s Hakim Jones saying he shies away from contact and “basically almost quits.”

If the Tar Heels can beat NC State at Kenan Stadium on Saturday – and North Carolina has won two straight in the series – they’ll know that a single winnable game kept them from making their first appearance in the ACC Championship Game.

The Mountaineers were 1-5 the first half of the season. Now, they’re one win away from finishing the second half 6-0. “It’s gratifying,” coach Scott Satterfield said.

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