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Russell Athletic Bowl Preview & Prediction: #10 UNC vs #17 Baylor

North Carolina will take the field in Orlando today as the #10 team in the country with plenty to play for and a group of seniors looking to go out on a high note. The Tar Heels are chasing school history No UNC team has ever won 12 games, making this uncharted territory and a legacy these players can claim with a win against Baylor. Prediction: UNC 45, Baylor 38 (Tar Heel Blog)

The nitty-gritty on UNC's bowl matchup vs. Baylor

The two quarterbacks will be keys to victory. UNC senior Marquise Williams is a dangerous passer and runner who has been responsible for a school-record 94 career touchdowns. Baylor lost its first two quarterbacks to injuries, so sophomore Chris Johnson is expected to make the start against the Tar Heels. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC, Baylor offer contrasting versions of ubiquitous spread offense

Larry Fedora has been running his version of a spread offense for 16 years now and so he’s no stranger to concepts that have long become familiar and basic. Yet even to him the spread that Baylor runs is extreme in some ways. “When they say, ‘Spread the field,’ … when you talk the field is 53 yards wide, I mean, they use all 53,” Fedora, the North Carolina coach, said on Monday. (Charlotte Observer)

Did botched ACC Championship call cost UNC millions?

The number 10 ranked UNC Tar Heels take on the number 17 ranked Baylor Bears Tuesday in Orlando at the Russell Athletic Bowl, but did a penalty at the ACC Championship game cost the Heels much more than a better bowl game? (ABC 11)

UNC Meets Baylor In Russell Athletic Bowl

ACC Coastal Division champion North Carolina will face Baylor of the Big 12 Conference in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 5:30 p.m. The game will be played in Orlando’s Citrus Bowl Stadium and televised nationally by ESPN. This is the first time the schools have met on the gridiron. Both teams enter the game ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. (GoHeels.com)

Slowing Down The Nation's Best

Although UNC has displayed an explosive offense this season averaging 40.9 points per game, the defense will be key in slowing down the Baylor attack. “They are the number one offense in the country I think in just about every statistic. They are explosive. They’re pretty phenomenal in what they do,” said North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora. (GoHeels.com)

UNC, Baylor similarities not restricted to football field

"The kid's name was Branndon Stewart, and he was a heck of a player," North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora recalled. Fedora would go to a local coffee shop at 5:30 every morning during his trips to Stephenville, Texas to eavesdrop on farmers chattering about the high-school quarterback and his family. Fedora was a positions coach for Baylor at the time. (Orlando Sentinel)

Can a depleted Baylor keep up with UNC's explosive attack in the Russell Athletic Bowl?

If you keep watching for something, you might eventually see it. North Carolina was constantly viewed as a program to keep an eye on. This is the year the Heels break through! And if not, then next year! Or the year after that! In 2015, North Carolina has broken through. (SB Nation)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC-Baylor

No. 10 North Carolina enters Tuesday’s Russell Athletic Bowl against No. 17 Baylor with a school-record 12th win in reach, as well as a Top-10 national ranking in the final polls for the first time since 1997. Larry Fedora, an admitted stat geek, spends his downtime tracking trends. One trend is the mirrored trajectories of his head coaching stops, highlighted by double-digit wins in Year 4. (Inside Carolina)

Seeking Historic Win, UNC Set For Bowl Shootout With Baylor

In its attempt to become the first football team in UNC history to reach 12 wins in a single season, the No. 10 Tar Heels are in Orlando on Tuesday for the Russell Athletic Bowl, where they will look to defeat the No. 17 Baylor Bears—a team similar to UNC in more ways than one. The fireworks the 11-2 Tar Heels have unleashed this season on offense have the team ranked first nationally in yards per play (7.33). (Chapelboro.com)

UNC vs Baylor: Position by Position Matchups

Ross Martin of CarolinaBlue.com and Colt Barber of BearsTruth.com recently ranked each unit of UNC and Baylor to see how they match up. What initially looked to be an evenly-matched game on the surface keeps that same look after digging deeper Baylor and UNC will face off in the Russell Athletic Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 5:30 ET on ESPN. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Larry Fedora Pre-Russell Athletic Bowl Press Conference

UNC coach Larry Fedora speaks with reporters Monday about the upcoming match-up with Baylor before the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida. View Video...

Russell Athletic Bowl Preview and Prediction: North Carolina vs. Baylor

Gene Chizik revamped the defense and North Carolina should be ready for one last tilt in 2015. On the other side, you have to wonder about Baylor’s motivation in this game. The Bears have lost their last two games, with one coming to 5-7 Texas. North Carolina will win this game by a comfortable margin. Prediction: North Carolina 41, Baylor 24 (Athlon Sports)

Tar Heels can win with this checklist

North Carolina’s 40-24 loss to Rutgers in Detroit’s Quick Lane bowl last year should serve as extra incentive. The victory carrot is bigger for UNC, too. Marquise Williams will be gone, as will senior teammates Quinshad Davis, Landon Turner and Jeff Schoettmer among several others, but a win also could be enough to send the 2016 team off as the preseason favorite in the ACC Coastal. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC-Baylor bowl matchup a clash of successful Texans

UNC head coach Larry Fedora landed his first full-time position with a college program as a 29-year-old in 1991 at Baylor, where he worked for six seasons as an assistant. During that tenure, Fedora met the man who now directs the Bears, Art Briles, who at the time was developing a championship program at once-struggling Stephenville High School. (Fayetteville Observer)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, TBD

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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