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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)

North Carolina vs. Baylor: Russell Athletic Bowl preview

Both of these offenses can score 40 points without breaking a sweat. But entering bowl season, only North Carolina’s offense is healthy. Baylor loses a big chunk of its attack in Coleman and Linwood, and while Briles has proven his ability to plug and play, motivation could be a factor. (Sports Illustrated)

Julius Peppers, other Packers deny allegations in Al Jazeera report

Three Green Bay Packers players named in an Al Jazeera documentary on performance-enhancing drugs denied any connection with a man who claimed he had provided them and other well-known professional athletes with controversial PEDs and painkillers. Linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers flat out denied even knowing Charlie Sly. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Fayetteville Observer's Top 10 local sports stories of 2015

1. (tie) Dean Smith dies at 83: On the morning of Sunday, Feb. 8, North Carolina woke up to news that left many crushed. The previous night, after years of failing health, UNC's iconic former basketball coach, Dean Smith, died at 83. Michael Jordan, Mike Krzyzewski and President Barack Obama joined a chorus of Tar Heel voices praising Smith and his impact. (Fayetteville Observer)

One Last Goal: UNC O vs. Baylor D

The Tar Heels will play Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl Tuesday, December 29 in what could possibly turn into the highest-scoring bowl game of the year. Carolina has the fifth-most efficient offense in the nation, averaging slightly over 40 points per game. Their opponent averages 48 points per game on the season, and 56 points per game in the team’s wins. (GoHeels.com)

Baylor prediction: Offensive fireworks steal the show against UNC in Russell Athletic Bowl

When Baylor and North Carolina play in Orlando, both teams will not have much to play for but respect. Baylor had national championship potential heading into the season, but had injuries derail its season. The Bears cycled through four different quarterbacks throughout the season, including a converted wide receiver. (Dallas Morning News)

A Story About A Football Family

Spend some time with Ryan Switzer's family and you realize right away the pride they have in in Ryan’s football career; but more importantly, you see the pride they have in their family and how Ryan’s career has been the vehicle that allows them to celebrate being together as they celebrate him. With the Switzer’s, football really is a family affair. (Sports Glutton)

Russell Athletic Bowl Preview: What UNC Wants To Do Schematically

This season the Tar Heels have been extremely productive on offense. Below are UNC's stats in a few key metrics against Power 5 competition compared against what these opposing power five defenses yield against their other Power Five opponents. (Bears Truth)

Baylor looks to ground prolific UNC dual-threat QB

Playing against Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and TCU’s Trevone Boykin, Baylor has faced some of the best quarterbacks in the country in the Big 12. North Carolina’s Marquise Williams has the talent, instincts and experience to fit right in with those guys. Williams is a versatile quarterback who makes plays with his arm and feet (Waco Tribune-Herald)

Video: Elijah Hood Pre-Bowl Interview

North Carolina running back Elijah Hood speaks about his bowl practice and experience in Orlando before the upcoming Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida. View Video...

Russell Athletic Bowl Tale of the Tape: UNC-Baylor

Baylor will be missing key cogs to their offense, making it tough to read how much of these numbers Baylor can produce. All-America WR Corey Coleman and RB Shock Linwood accounted for 30 of Baylor's 79 touchdowns this season. Factor in the Bears playing a 3rd string QB with a 39% completion rate, it is unclear how much Baylor can do with what is left. (Tar Heel Blog)

Gene Chizik on the Baylor offense

Gene Chizik on how Baylor's spread offense compares to North Carolina's: "Very similar in terms of tempo. A little different in style. Really similar in terms of trying to run the ball and make that a priority to set up the passing game. Big time receivers. A lot of similarities in the speed element on the perimeter. They are willing to take shots down field with these guys." (Carolina Blue)

Stat Comparison - UNC/Baylor Offense

Every one knows that North Carolina and Baylor have high powered, productive, and efficient offenses. But what does each team do great in different statistical categories? The Bears are top five in two major categories while the Tar Heels are top 25 in six areas. CarolinaBlue dives deeper into the numbers as we compare the two teams' offensive statistics. (Carolina Blue)

Baylor sees inspiration not desperation heading into Russell Athletic Bowl

Injuries are nothing new in college football this time of year. Bumps and bruises accumulate as coaches are forced to utter the mantra, "Next man up." But for the Baylor Bears, the injury bug has been nothing short of a full-on infestation....Rather than wallow in sorrow, players and coaches are taking a different approach to the situation. (Orlando Sentinel)

Julius Peppers more comfortable in second year with Packers

The Green Bay Packers came into this season with a plan for how they wanted to handle Julius Peppers. The 35-year-old pass rusher, who recently made the switch to 3-4 outside linebacker, was coming off a seven-sack campaign with the Packers in 2014, but defensive coordinator Dom Capers at times felt he leaned too heavily on Peppers. This year, he and coach Mike McCarthy set out to balance Peppers' workload. (Green Bay Press-Gazette)

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
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

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

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