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Panthers DE Julius Peppers shows up Sundays even if he doesn't during week

All the Panthers care about is that Julius Peppers shows up for game day like he a always has in collecting 143.5 sacks -- fifth most in NFL history -- since the Panthers made him the No. 2 pick in 2002. Peppers wasn’t signed be a media spokesman. The Panthers brought him in because at an age when most NFL players are retired, Peppers continues to play at a high level. (ESPN.com)

'You need to get out': UNC football players fear for family in wake of Hurricane Irma

It’s not just the football game on Saturday that has some UNC players trying to convince their families to head to Chapel Hill. Linebacker Andre Smith, whose mother lives in Jacksonville, has insisted that has mother leave home as Florida braces for Hurricane Irma. “She's like, ‘Oh we are gonna wait and see what the track is.'" “I'm like, ‘No. You need to get out.'" (Daily Tar Heel)

Hurricane forecast grounds Air Jordan, postpones his appearance at Kenan Stadium

UNC football fans will have to wait to see the GOAT. Michael Jordan, who was slated to be an honorary captain at the game Saturday against Louisville, has postponed that appearance due to "Hurricane Irma-related travel issues," according to the athletic department. The official Twitter account of UNC Football announced on Monday that Jordan would be present. (WRAL Sports Fan)

North Carolina to honor Mack Brown’s 1992 squad during Louisville game

Mack Brown’s responsibilities as ESPN college football analyst will keep him in Bristol, Conn., this weekend. But in Chapel Hill, N.C., there will be a festive celebration in his honor. The North Carolina football program is hosting several players, assistant coaches and support staff members and administrators from the 1992 Tar Heels squad for a 25-year reunion. (DieHards.com)

M.J. Stewart: Facing Lamar Jackson Means Big Opportunity

UNC cornerback M.J. Stewart is a potential first-round NFL draft pick, so individually he sees Louisville QB Lamar Jackson coming to Kenan as more of a personal challenge. “Oh yeah, this is a big week,” he said, smiling. “Not saying every week is not a big week, but this is one you circle on the calendar. It’s a chance on the national stage for me to make some plays.” (Tar Heel Illustrated)

North Carolina’s defense gets its chance to make a statement

Over the last five years, UNC has moved the football and scored touchdowns with ease. Just two seasons ago, the Tar Heels led all FBS teams in offensive yards per play (7.28). In all five of Fedora’s seasons with the Tar Heels, they’ve finished in the top 45 nationally in scoring offense. But this weekend’s matchup will require a different roadmap to victory. (FanRag Sports)

Tar Heels Preparing For Unique Test Against Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

With Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson already off to a hot start in 2017—putting up 485 total yards in a win over Purdue last week—UNC should expect him to come out firing on all cylinders. Although the key to pulling off an upset seems simple on paper—finding a way to stop just one player—the reality is that task is something much easier said than done. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Opponent Q&A: Louisville Cardinals

While Louisville offense relies heavily on Lamar Jackson, there are others to keep an eye on. Led by Jaylen Smith, who enjoyed a career-high eight catches in the opener against Purdue, the Cardinals have a deep pool of receivers capable of making big plays. Seth Dawkins and freshman Dez Fitzpatrick also had career-best outings in the season's first game. (Inside Carolina)

Chansky’s Notebook: Coach With 9 Lives

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino will be walking the sidelines Saturday at Kenan Stadium for his second stint with the Cardinals. He was hired back by the school despite having compiled a scurrilous resume, applying for jobs like an addict and leaving a trail of lying. During his 20-plus years in the profession, he has left eight coaching jobs after only one season. (Chapelboro.com)

Extra Points: Break Out

Mack Brown's television responsibilities will have him in Bristol, Conn., this weekend when Louisville comes to Kenan Stadium for a noon start. But some three dozen players, four assistant coaches and various support staff members and administrators will convene for a 25-year reunion of the 1992 squad. They'll be recognized on the field between the first and second quarters. (GoHeels.com)

UNC's Task of Defending Lamar Jackson

John Papuchis didn’t wait long to explain the obvious after practice on Wednesday. The first-year UNC defensive coordinator was responding to a question about which scout team player was simulating Lamar Jackson, Louisville’s reigning Heisman Trophy winner, and offering honesty instead of coach speak. “So here’s the interesting challenge, right?” Papuchis said. (Inside Carolina)

UNC vs. Louisville: Cardinal Sins

If the Tar Heels hope to pull off the upset in front of their home crowd, they will likely need to force Lamar Jackson and company to turn the ball over. “We just know that they like to hang the ball out,” junior linebacker Cole Holcomb said. “We’re going to get it.” Holcomb talked about the greater emphasis UNC’s new defensive coaches have placed on forcing turnovers. (Argyle Report)

UNC vs. Louisville: Match-Up Analysis

Priorities one, two, and three for the North Carolina defense are containing Lamar Jackson. He finished 2016 with a rash of turnovers, so the best bet is to play bend-but-don’t-break and hope he bails the defense out with a couple of mistakes. If Louisville continues to not bother to run between the tackles, there’s one less thing to worry about. Advantage: Louisville (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC's Record of Defending Dual-Threat QBs

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals will travel to Kenan Stadium Saturday, presenting one particular question for the Tar Heels - how will they defend the heralded dual-threat quarterback? This question could spell trouble for UNC's defense as defending dual-threat quarterbacks has been a weakness for the Tar Heels. (Inside Carolina)

Clean it up, Larry: Discipline costs Tar Heels games

There are plays and penalties that went the Tar Heels’ way that are just as crucial as those that didn’t. Larry Fedora can’t control what the other team does from a discipline standpoint, but he can influence his own. There have been far too many costly discipline penalties. A team can’t take the next step toward relevance if it keeps shooting itself in the foot. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 53
Old Dominion: 23
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UNC vs. Duke
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UNC vs. Notre Dame
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ACC Football Scoreboard
at Boise State0
Friday 8:00 PM

NC State0
at #11 Florida State0
Saturday 12:00 PM

Kent State0
at #20 Louisville0
Saturday 12:00 PM

at Georgia Tech0
Saturday 12:20 PM

Old Dominion0
at #13 Virginia Tech0
Saturday 2:00 PM

Boston College0
at #2 Clemson0
Saturday 3:30 PM

at #14 Miami0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Wake Forest0
at Appalachian State0
Saturday 3:30 PM

at North Carolina0
Saturday 3:30 PM

at #23 LSU0
Saturday 7:00 PM

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Virginia Tech0-03-0
(14) Miami0-01-0
Georgia Tech0-01-1
North Carolina0-11-2

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson1-03-0
Wake Forest1-03-0
(19) Louisville1-12-1
NC State0-02-1
(12) Florida State0-00-1
Boston College0-11-2

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