No. 8 BYU will play at No. 14 Coastal Carolina on Saturday after the Chanticleers' original opponent, No. 25 Liberty, was hit with COVID-19 issues. Liberty said Thursday it has paused all team activities and will not play another regular-season game, but does intend to prepare for a bowl game. The Cougars (9-0) have been looking to add another game to improve their case for a major bowl bid.
President Donald Trump will award the nation's highest civilian honor on Thursday to former college football coach and political ally Lou Holtz. Holtz, who had a storied 34-year coaching career that included winning the 1988 national title at the University of Notre Dame, was to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a private ceremony in the Oval Office. Trump announced in September that he would bestow the honor on Holtz, an outspoken backer of the president.
Each team enters Saturday's game at N.C. State far removed from its respective last-place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference last season. N.C. State (7-3, 6-3 ACC) brings its second three-game winning streak of the season into the game. Georgia Tech (3-5, 3-4) is looking for its first back-to-back wins of the season following last week's 56-33 win over Duke.