Friday, April 20, 2018
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Nation in a snap: Protests in Michigan, Miami's ACC opener and more

Protests in Michigan

Players in East Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich., held their fists in the air while standing for the national anthem Saturday. San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has received national attention for refusing to stand for the anthem before his games, citing racial injustice and police brutality. "Just because I'm the football coach, I can't dictate what other people believe. I support them speaking their mind," said Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who was Kaepernick's coach during the QB's first four years in the NFL. Also in Michigan, protesters gathered Friday on the field after Eastern Michigan beat Wyoming. Two days prior, racial graffiti, which included "KKK," was found spray painted on a campus building. The students chanted "No justice! No peace!" with a Wyoming player joining in. The national anthem was played early while the teams were off the field. The university cited safety and security concerns.

Looking ahead

It's definitely a tale of two divisions in the ACC, with heavyweights Louisville and Clemson repping the Atlantic Division and set for a top-five clash next weekend in Death Valley. Clemson edged Louisville 20-17 a year ago … but current Heisman front-runner Lamar Jackson didn't start that matchup. No. 15 Miami, meanwhile, coming off a weak nonconference slate, is clearly the cream of the Coastal crop. Next up for the 'Canes: Georgia Tech, a team that lost yards or had no gain on 19 plays in Thursday night's loss to Clemson. Better still for the Hurricanes? Mark Richt was 13-2 against the Yellow Jackets as Georgia's head coach.

Miami (3-0, 0-0) vs. the conference*

Scoring offense: Second (21 TDs, 51 points per game)

Scoring defense: First (allows 7.7 ppg)

Total offense: Second (1,542 total yards, 514 ypg)

Notable: Georgia Tech is the third-best rushing team in the ACC after Miami, but the Miami D is best vs. the run.

*Stats entering Week 4

By the numbers

4 Touchdown passes for Louisville's Lamar Jackson in the first half vs. Marshall, which gave him 12 on the year and equaled his total for all of last season.

5 Different players who scored rushing TDs for No. 4 Michigan. De'Veon Smith led the way with 107 yards; Karan Higdon scored twice.

18 Shutouts by No. 1 Alabama under coach Nick Saban, most of any Division I-A team in that 10-year span.

17 Consecutive games with a TD pass for Ole Miss' Chad Kelly, most in school history.

83-30 Margin Ole Miss has outscored ranked foes Florida State, Alabama and Georgia in the first half this season. The Rebels went 1-2 in those games.

6 First-half shutouts for Michigan in the past two seasons, tied with Florida for most in Division I-A in that span.

Information from Times wires used in this report.

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