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Records unimportant in UNC-NC State rivalry

A season that stood on the verge of being special is now teetering on the brink of becoming a disappointment for the NC State football team. A season that was once headed for disaster now has a chance to finish on a positive note for rival North Carolina. That contrast has only added to the intensity surrounding the annual battle between the Tar Heels and Wolfpack. (North State Journal)

Larry Fedora Live: Tailback Duo Offering Future Promise

The competition between UNC running backs Jordon Brown and Michael Carter could have been dangerous if one of them didn’t handle it correctly. Both players are young, and the desire to get ahead of one another could have created tension. However, sharing reps in practice has done the opposite, helping mold the pair into a serviceable unit in the backfield. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's Improving Defense Facing State's Many Weapons

UNC’s defense turned in its best statistical game of the season in Saturday’s 65-10 win over Western Carolina, but the reality is the Tar Heels were simply more gifted and more capable. So what can a coordinator learn about his team from such a performance, given the competition? “The biggest thing is you want to see execution,” John Papuchis said. “ (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Video: Jason Brown - From one field to another

Three years after signing a lucrative contract with the St. Louis Rams, North Carolina alumnus Jason Brown walked away from the NFL to become a farmer and combat food insecurity in North Carolina. View Video...

TA was in! Gio's gone! Unforgettable moments define UNC-NC State rivalry

Rivalry week is here. North Carolina has won the last two games played in Carter-Finley Stadium, including a 45-34 rout in 2015 when the Tar Heels jumped out to a 35-7 advantage on their way to winning the Coastal Division championship. We can go on and on, but what makes this rivalry special isn't the unexpected outcomes. It is the memorable moments. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Chicago Bears Cut Kicker Connor Barth

Connor Barth badly missed a game-tying field goal Sunday against the Detroit Lions and is now unemployed. The Chicago Bears (3-7) cut Barth on Monday after his 46-yard attempt with time expiring went wide right allowing Detroit to clinch a 27-24 win. Barth was 11-of-16 on field goal attempts this season and missed kicks in three of the Bears' past four games. (Sporting News)

Upsets the Norm, Not the Exception in UNC-NCSU Football Rivalry

It’s not just double-digit spreads that are victim to upsets between these rivals. Since 1998, the underdog is 13-6. UNC is 3-7 and N.C. State is 3-6 as the favorite. “I don’t know why, but anything can happen in a rivalry game,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said on Monday. N.C. State is favored in the series for the first time in 10 years. That may be a good thing for the Tar Heels. (Inside Carolina)

Two Starts, Two Wins: Nathan Elliott's Growing Confidence

Since the Miami game, UNC's offense has been clicking. Larry Fedora's quarterback coachspeak is always centered around who will not turn the ball over and who gives his team the best chance to win. Right now that is Nathan Elliott. On Monday, Fedora added that Elliott has done a good job of executing the game plan and getting the ball where it needs to be. (Inside Carolina)

Recap: Former UNC Players in the NFL - Week 11

Mitch Trubisky (Chicago Bears) completed 18 of 30 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown. He added a career-high 53 rushing yards on six attempts including a 19 yards scamper. Mack Hollins (Philadelphia Eagles) made one catch for seven yards but also contributed on special teams, tackling former teammate Ryan Switzer (Dallas Cowboys) on multiple occasions. (Inside Carolina)

UNC football seniors leave positive legacy

M.J. Stewart addressed his unit in the locker room after the North Carolina football team’s 65-10 win over Western Carolina. The old head among the defensive backs wanted to tell his younger teammates how much he loved them, and how much he appreciated their willingness to accept the challenge of effectively restarting their season in November. (Daily Tar Heel)

Larry Fedora Monday Press Conference Tidbits

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora provided some potentially positive injury news on Monday. Fedora said he expects to have linebackers Cole Holcomb and Cayson Collins on the field for Saturday's matchup at N.C. State. The duo, who both exited the game against Western Carolina following undisclosed injuries, leads the team in tackles this season. (Inside Carolina)

Turnover margin the basis for UNC, NC State's opposite trends

NC State and North Carolina have been on different paths for much of the season. After a 6-1 start, NC State is 1-3, with losses coming against Notre Dame, Clemson and Wake Forest. UNC, meanwhile, started 1-8 but has bounced back with consecutive wins over Pittsburgh and Western Carolina. Notably, turnover margin has been the difference in winning and losing. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Jonathan Smith, UNC Defense Find End Zone

Jonathan Smith played a majority of the game in the dime package after starters Cayson Collins and Cole Holcomb both left Saturday’s game with injuries. Both Holcomb and Collins are expected to play against N.C. State this week. The sophomore linebacker started playing regularly this season after middle linebacker Andre Smith suffered a season-ending knee injury. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Larry Fedora Pre-NC State Press Conference

North Carolina head football coach Larry Fedora speaks with the media on Monday ahead of the Tar Heels' final game of the year against NC State on Saturday in Raleigh (3:30 ET ESPN2). View Video...

Five With Fedora: Nov. 20

Larry Fedora: "I understand what (the NC State) game means. I understand how our people feel about it and I understand how our fans feel about it. It's part of me now. You want this one. But then again, I want all of them. We start every week with a plan to win the game in front of us. But the players and coaches know who we're playing this week." (GoHeels.com)

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