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The Charlotte 49ers opened their second season of football Thursday the same way they started their first a year ago: with a victory against the Campbell Camels.

Where have you gone, Jadeveon Clowney? The absence of the defensive end who ended up the NFL’s top pick last spring could not have been more obvious in South Carolina’s season opener Thursday.

In his first season as Wake Forest’s coach, Dave Clawson knew he was going to have to ask a great deal from his defense. In his first game, he had to ask too much.

Appalachian State will play again Saturday at Michigan, in the same stadium in which it opened the 2007 season with a stunning 34-32 upset. Kickoff will be at noon (ESPN2).

Ryan Switzer and DeVon Edwards were unknown at this time last season. By year’s end, everyone knew their name. Bo Hines and Elijah Hood have the best chance to make a similar impact as freshmen this season.

Steve Spurrier is headed to Durham this weekend for the 25th anniversary of the ACC-champion, 1989 Duke football team. That was the final season of Spurrier’s three-year reign as head coach of the Blue Devils.

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