Ohio State should back UNC as North Carolina prepares for Clemson
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Ohio State should back UNC as North Carolina prepares for Clemson

Buckeyes still holding out hope for upsets to sneak into playoffs

Photo: North Carolina coach Larry Fedora's team has won 11 in a row.

North Carolina is Ohio State’s new friend this week. Granted, few Ohio State fans could name a Tar Heels player, but that’s how the College Football Rankings have changed the landscape of the post-season.

The No. 14-ranked Tar Heels (11-1, 8-0 ACC Coastal) has talent — particularly the offensive firepower — to keep up with No. 1 Clemson (12-0, 8-0 ACC Atlantic). They are a legitimate threat to surprise the Tigers when the teams meet this Saturday in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."