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Fedora Relishing UNC-ECU Rivalry, Chance for Revenge

Game week is back for the North Carolina football team. And with a trip down to Greenville to face East Carolina in Pirate country on tap for Saturday, head coach Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels know they will have to be at their best to emerge with a victory and improve to 3-0 on the season. The open bye week gave the UNC coaching staff the opportunity to go back to the basics and preach fundamentals. (Chapelboro.com)

Lucas: Tar Heels Stand Alone In September

UNC's entire athletic department is now undefeated in head to head matches in the month of September, compiling a 14-0 record this month. The Tar Heels are the only program in the 15-member ACC to have gone unblemished in September. In addition, UNC is the only program among the top twenty 2014 finishers in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup that remains undefeated across the board this month. (GoHeels.com)

ECU can score, Tar Heels know it

North Carolina didn’t need to watch East Carolina’s 28-21 win at then-No. 17 Virginia Tech last Saturday to know it should take the Pirates seriously. The returning players and coaches on the Tar Heels vividly remember last year’s debacle at Kenan Stadium, when ECU gained 603 yards and won 55-31. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Pirates focused on North Carolina

Every team is different. Every year is different. Our team is different from last year. Larry’s (Fedora) team is different from last year. He’s had some years to get his kids in there at UNC and his team is changing as well. Last week, Coach Beamer has been there for a length of time and he’s been consistent in his message in recruiting. (Hoist The Colours)

Andrew Miller's slider: A brief appreciation

As you may have noticed, Baltimore Orioles lefty reliever Andrew Miller is having a rather handsome 2014 season. In 59 innings for the Red Sox and O's, he's pitched to a 1.98 ERA, and he's struck out a rather astounding 42.4 percent of hitters while walking just 7.0 percent of same. Bulletin: Those are very good numbers. (CBS Sports)

Tyler Zeller’s Celtics future

Offensively, Zeller improved from literally everywhere last season. After shooting an average to below-average percentage everywhere on the court but the free throw line as a rookie, his long legs took tremendous strides in 2013-14, improving as a more selective mid-range marksman and making a more concerted effort to get to the rim, where he lived during his 2012 ACC Player of the Year campaign. (WEEI.com)

Tar Heels hope to improve tackling against Pirates

It's hard for UNC coach Larry Fedora to know exactly what kind of defense he has. On one hand, the Tar Heels were among the nation's best at forcing turnovers through their first two games. On the other, they missed too many tackles in their last outing. Saturday's trip to East Carolina could say a lot about whether the Tar Heels are set for a repeat of the same defensive problems from a year ago. (USA Today)

Critical Rivalry Game Ahead For UNC

The offseason hype surrounding No. 25 North Carolina has dissipated through the first three weeks of the college football season. UNC’s outcome at East Carolina on Saturday will prove pivotal in either kindling or extinguishing that flame. Despite improving to 2-0 with its 31-27 win over San Diego State on Sept. 6, UNC fell out of the AP Poll and dropped to No. 25 from No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. (Inside Carolina)

Larry Fedora Weekly Press Conference Recap

Coming off the bye week this is a lot of boilerplate. Fundamentals were worked on and it was "productive" because has anyone ever had a bye week that wasn't productive or fundamentals weren't worked on? One rare injury note from UNC. OL Landon Turner will miss the game against the Pirates due to injury. Jared Cohen will start in his place. (Tar Heel Blog)

Turner's Take: After Open Date, Heels Back to Game Prep

UNC knows they’ll have their work cut out for them on the road at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday. “East Carolina’s a really good football team,” Larry Fedora said. “I read all the headlines about how they upset Virginia Tech, and I’ll tell you what, from the very beginning it was a heck of a game offensively." Meanwhile the Tar Heels used last week to tune up some things and begin to game plan for the Pirates. (GoHeels.com)

Fedora: 'Players don't forget things like that'

A year ago, East Carolina defeated both North Carolina and NC State and put up a billboard declaring the state to be “Arrrrr State.” The Pirates defeated the Tar Heels 55-31 in Chapel Hill, and the return trip is this Saturday. Will Larry Fedora remind his team about last year in this week’s preparation? He says he doesn’t need to. “It’s not something that we’ve really talked about,” Fedora said. (CoachingSearch.com)

Landon Turner to miss ECU game

North Carolina starting right guard Landon Turner will miss Saturday's game against East Carolina due to an undisclosed injury, UNC reports. The 6-foot-4, 315 pound junior from Harrisonburg (VA) is the most experience lineman for the Tar Heels. (Carolina Blue)

Welcome to the General Assembly Mandated Kobayashi Maru Game

Yes, it's ECU game week. Traditionally this game is a no-win for UNC even if the Tar Heels do manage a victory. Beat ECU and you were supposed to do that. Lose to ECU and it's a whole hassle dealing with local Pirate fans plus it's a loss to a non-Power 5 team. ECU heads into this game with the clear upper hand. The Pirates will be playing in front of a sell-out crowd and this game has a Super Bowl feel for the Pirates. (Tar Heel Blog)

Taking a Look at the Rest of UNC's Football Schedule

Carolina's remaining 10 opponents went 8-1 this past Saturday, and the only loss was because two opponents played each other. Here's a quick look at their seasons to this point. @ East Carolina (2-1): The Pirates followed up their close loss at South Carolina with a huge road win at Virginia Tech. The Pirates are now just outside the Top 25. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC football stats and rankings

After two UNC games and three weeks of college football, the ACC released its statical standings. UNC quarterback Marquise Williams was the major standout for the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior signal-caller is third in the ACC in total offense with 115 rushing yards, 424 passing yards, and 539 total yards of offense. Williams is averaging 269.5 yards of total offense per game. (Carolina Blue)

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