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Every college football team ranked 1-130 for 2017

42. North Carolina: UNC’s 19 wins over the last two seasons are the most in a two-year span for this program since recording 21 from 1996-97. Maintaining that momentum won’t be easy for coach Larry Fedora. For starters, the Tar Heels have to replace quarterback Mitch Trubisky, running back Elijah Hood and a couple of key receivers, including Ryan Switzer. (Athlon Sports)

Reviews of Mitchell Trubisky mostly positive at Bears minicamp

Chicago Bears starting quarterback Mike Glennon had nothing but positive stuff to say about understudy Mitchell Trubisky, who's been running the second team since Mark Sanchez suffered a knee injury during OTAs. Only time will tell if Trubisky takes any meaningful snaps in the regular season. (ESPN.com)

On Larry ‘2 Chainz’ Fedora’s attempts to be hip, and UNC football’s ‘Freak Show’ recruiting night

On the eve of UNC football’s most important recruiting event, coach Larry Fedora released a parody video where he pokes fun at himself, showing just how “hip” he is. Fedora’s dry delivery is funny. “One of the hardest things about recruiting these days is being relatable to these young kids. I’m lucky because I’ve got a great group of guys that keep me up to do date and hip.” (Charlotte Observer)

'Tru' Papa Bear: How Dave Trubisky helped Mitch become man Bears had to have

Sometime in the afternoon Aug. 10, as Soldier Field sits quiet and ready to have its first game of a new season, Mitch Trubisky's phone will ding. He has gotten the text from his dad dozens of times. Just do what you do. It might sound cliche, but it sparks a fire. Football has connected Dave Trubisky and his son since Mitch was old enough to pick up a ball. (Chicago Tribune)

Saints' Landon Turner applies lessons learned to second season

New Orleans Saints guard Landon Turner gained valuable experience during his rookie season in 2016. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Turner, who signed as an undrafted free agent out North Carolina, appeared in seven games with one start. The live repetitions were essential for his development, but Turner especially coveted the opportunity to absorb knowledge from veteran guard Jahri Evans. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

A Tim Tebow-type package for Mitch Trubisky? QB development front and center

The Bears are not going to compare Mitch Trubisky to Tim Tebow but the latter’s name came up when coach John Fox was asked about designing a package to get his first-round draft pick on the field. Fox was the head coach in Denver when the Broncos originally designed a Tebow-specific package to get him on the field before the team eventually turned to him as their starter. (Chicago Tribune)

Lions TE Eric Ebron stays true to himself, learns to pick battles

Eric Ebron admitted he was “hard-headed” as a rookie and has since learned to pick his battles, which has been part of the process of his methodical maturity. “In pretty much every aspect of my life, I have grown. And it’s fun to do but even better for my teammates and people to watch because I get compliments on it all the time. So obviously I’m doing something right.” (Detroit Free Press)

Ryan Switzer, Dez Bryant share handshake, bond

Ryan Switzer has fit right in with the Cowboys, so much so that Dez Bryant already considers the rookie from UNC a “brother.” “Switz, man, he’s the real deal,” Bryant said. “I love little Switz. He comes in; he works hard; and he focuses on what can get him better.” Bryant and Switzer’s bond began with a handshake, a handshake they have worked to make their own. (NBC Sports)

The Marching Tar Heels want your help

We’ve all been there: going to a Tar Heel football or basketball game when the band launches into a song we’ve heard the play a million times before. I mean, how many times can you hear “Take on Me” before you wish you pine for the in-house DJ to take over? I feel you, and more importantly, so do the Marching Tar Heels. (Tar Heel Blog)

Gene Chizik being father with no regrets after leaving college football coaching for family

In 2016, as I walked to another two-a-day practice at UNC, I watched families moving into the freshmen dorms. My family was doing the exact same thing 500 miles away. That’s when it hit me. It was time to make a change. I knew right then I would never miss another of my son’s football or baseball games. He only has two years of high school left. There will be no more do-overs. (USA Today)

Ranking the Toughest Games on UNC’s Football Schedule in 2017

North Carolina’s 2017 football schedule a bit daunting. Larry Fedora's Tar Heels open with a Power Five team and then face the 2016 Heisman winner in week two in an ACC crossover game. And don't let the lack of Top 25-caliber teams in the Coastal Division take away from its overall depth. Here is a ranking of the toughest games for UNC this season. (Athlon Sports)

Jonathan Cooper works as first-team left guard for Cowboys

Jonathan Cooper has spent most of his time this offseason working at center for the Dallas Cowboys. But he returned to left guard with the first-team on Wednesday. “A little refresher course,” Cooper said. “It’s been a while, so had to knock the rust off. But it felt great to be back there.” Cooper, 27, is considered the favorite to win the starting left guard job in training camp. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Video: Larry Fedora is Super Hip

One of the toughest aspects of recruiting top-notch high school football talent is the coach's ability to be "hip" enough to relate to the younger generation. Luckily for UNC fans, Tar Heels football coach Larry Fedora is on top of his game. Read More...

John Fox not worried Mitch Trubisky hasn’t signed Bears contract yet

Mitch Trubisky broke minicamp without a contract. Bears coach John Fox, however, said Thursday that he's “not really” concerned the No. 2 overall pick hasn’t signed his rookie deal yet. Under the collective bargaining agreement, rookie salaries are fairly standardized. “I mean, you know in today’s climate — as opposed to say 10 years ago — it’s completely different,” he said. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Riders QB Marquise Williams: Darian Durant 2.0

For fans who may still be stewing over the trading of Darian Durant, the Riders may already have his replacement. In fact, you might call Marquise Williams "Darian Durant 2.0." Williams didn't join the Riders until they were about a week into camp, but Williams is a quick study and an eager student. And the extra work he's put in hasn't gone unnoticed by the right people. (CBC.ca)

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

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(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6


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