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Larry Fedora asks Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples a question....about brisket

Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples answers a Twitter question from North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC can change perception in Russell Athletic Bowl

Marquise Williams and many of UNC’s football players were disappointed to hear they would be playing in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Tar Heels went 11-2, won the ACC Coastal Division and had a top-10 ranking but still got passed over for a New Year’s Six Bowl game. “Everybody was disappointed at first,” Williams said. “At the end, everybody was like, let’s be blessed." (Greensboro News & Record)

UNC, State, Wake players selected to new postseason all-star game

Representatives from UNC, N.C. State and Wake Forest are among the first group of players accepting invitations to play in the inaugural Tropic Bowl, a new college football all-star game to be played in North Miami Beach on Jan. 17. Justin Thomason will represent the Tar Heels. Thomason, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle, contributed to UNC’s amazing defensive turnaround with 35 tackles. (Wilmington Star News)

Three bowl games, three different motivations

Unlike their neighbors, who are either looking ahead to 2016 or looking for program respect, North Carolina will arrive in Orlando looking to prove a point. Larry Fedora’s program is in very good shape. They’ll return a ton of starters, they have one of the most exciting running backs in the country coming back in Elijah Hood. And they know that next year’s quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, can play. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC-Baylor Preview: Bears Hobbled, Yet Dangerous

Baylor enters the Russell Athletic Bowl following an injury-riddled season that began with College Football Playoff expectations and ended with three losses in the last four games. The decline at the end of the season is directly related to injuries at quarterback, where starter Seth Russell (neck) and backup Jarrett Stidham (ankle) both saw their seasons end early. (Inside Carolina)

Stats Breakdown: Baylor vs. North Carolina

Art Briles and Larry Fedora have placed their respective programs on the map with their potent offenses, but a victory in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando could come down to a defensive strength -- or weakness. Baylor (9-3) and North Carolina (11-2) each fall among the top five nationally in adjusted scoring offenses for the 2015 season and have shown a balance between their passing and rushing game.... (Bears Truth)

Bryn Renner Signed to Tennessee Titans' Practice Squad

The Tennessee Titans have signed quarterback Alex Tanney from the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad and placed defensive tackle Mike Martin on injured reserve. The Titans also added former North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner and wide receiver Gavin Lutman to the practice squad. (WJHL)

Russell Athletic Bowl Advanced Stats Part II: Bears Offense vs. Tar Heels Defense

The havoc numbers for UNC’s defense are largely pedestrian, but take a look at their DB Havoc rate and their Passes Defensed-to-Incompletions ratio. Their secondary is really aggressive, and without a doubt the best part of their defense. (Our Daily Bears)

What it will take for shorthanded Baylor to beat North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl

No. 17 Baylor has struggled the past two seasons to cap off successful seasons with a win, falling in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl and 2015 Cotton Bowl after being favored in both. However, the Bears have an opportunity to remedy the situation with a marquee matchup against No. 10 North Carolina on Dec. 29 in the Russell Athletic Bowl. (Dallas Morning News)

North Carolina-Baylor Preview

A matchup between UNC and Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl had the making of being a shootout with two of the nation's top offenses. A one-sided affair is more realistic, however, as the 18th-ranked Bears are without their All-American wide receiver, leading rusher and top two quarterbacks. The 10th-ranked Tar Heels look to cap what has been one of the best seasons in program history. (Yahoo! Sports)

North Carolina's Nick Weiler vowed to become 'a weapon for the team'

All that work, combined with being completely healthy, allowed Nick Weiler to shine. Through 13 games, Weiler scored 119 points, second on the school’s single-season scoring list behind Don McCauley (126 points in 1970). He also earned a spot on the coaches' All-ACC third team. He went 19-of-22 on field-goal attempts, including 4-of-6 from 40 yards. (ESPN.com)

Video: Former Cowboy, Tar Heel Jesse Holley helps charter school in need

Former Tar Heel and Dallas Cowboy receiver Jesse Holley, also known as "Mr. Fourth and Long", is now a radio personality who is also giving back to a charter school in need through coaching at-risk youth. View Video...

Lions' Eric Ebron battles through illness, fatigue to turn in one of his best games

Eric Ebron spent most of the past couple days bed-ridden with an illness. His stomach was all over the place. He was having trouble keeping food down. None of that prevented him from playing in the Detroit Lions' 35-27 win Monday night against the New Orleans Saints. And none of it prevented him from turning in one of the best games of his young career. (MLive.com)

Poll Says North Carolina Is Still The Tar Heel State

North Carolina is still the Tar Heel state according to a poll done by Public Policy Polling. “Twenty seven percent of North Carolinians are UNC fans,” director Tom Jensen said. “Fourteen percent each for Duke and NC State, 9 percent for ECU, 5 percent for Appalachian State, and Wake Forest always finishes last on these polls and they’re at 4 percent.” (Chapelboro.com)

ICTV: UNC Seniors Leaving Lasting Legacy

The 2015 Tar Heel football team features 16 seniors that will conclude their their college football careers in next Tuesday's bowl game. This senior class has made an immense impact on the program. It's changed the culture, it's set records, it's left a lasting legacy and has set a standard that these seniors hope continues for years to come. (Inside Carolina)

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

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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