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Thomas Davis says Mitchell Trubisky has Aaron Rodgers effect

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis says that Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky “kind of has that Aaron Rodgers effect,” according to Bears sideline reporter Zach Zaidman. Trubisky, whom the Bears selected with the No. 2 overall pick of the NFL Draft back in April, has started two games thus far this season. (FanRag Sports)

UNC's Malik Carney Making Plays at Defensive End

Malik Carney has been the primary disruptor on the Tar Heels’ defensive front this year, totaling eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks through seven games. In a season with so much uncertainty on both sides of the ball, the Alexandria, Va. native has been a dependable and capable veteran in the trenches. “He’s consistent with his production,” Larry Fedora said. (Inside Carolina)

Bears players officially nickname Mitch Trubisky 'The Pretty Boy Assassin'

It's been two games of the Mitch Trubisky era and the Bears' locker room is already ready to hand the rookie quarterback a nickname that might remind you of two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry's nickname (the Baby-Faced Assassin). Meet "The Pretty Boy Assassin." So now, Trubisky will try to live up to his new moniker a year earlier than he probably expected. (CBS Sports)

After his 1st NFL win, can Mitch Trubisky make another 'big jump'?

As the third-down play came in during the Bears' final drive Sunday, Mitch Trubisky appreciated the directive. The rookie quarterback had spent much of the afternoon feeding his running backs — 50 run calls on 75 plays — and adhering to a conservative game plan that asked him to showcase his aptitude far more than his arm. But this situation was different. (Chicago Tribune)

John Papuchis On UNC's Defensive Growth, Big Plays, Attitude & More

UNC defensive coordinator John Papuchis met with the media after practice Wednesday to discuss his defensive unit’s growth over the last month, why it’s still allowing a catastrophic play for a score each week, and about the unit’s overall attitude. "Our challenge is to be able focused and play with the type of effort that eliminates (errors) for four quarters." (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Chase Rice Gives Young Boy the Gift of Music in New Video

The importance of music education and fostering a love for the arts has never been lost on Chase Rice. With hopes to pass along an appreciation of music to the next generation, Rice set out to give a child the gift of music and he documented their heartwarming meeting for his “Three Chords and the Truth” music video. (Sounds Like Nashville)

Hang time from Down Under: Virginia Tech, UNC both using punters from Australia

Fans wanting to see a high-scoring affair between the Hokies and Tar Heels might not agree, but Chapman’s interest in the matchup lies strictly on the special teams. North Carolina sophomore Tom Sheldon and Virginia Tech freshman Oscar Bradburn trained together at Prokick Australia, the first time two products of the kicking academy will square off in ACC play. (Roanoke Times)

Maturity? Mitch Trubisky shows it through flexibility, good decisions

The Ravens tried to trick Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky through change. As offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains explained Wednesday, the Ravens played cover-2 — two safeties over the top — on 41 plays after only showing that look once in the first five weeks. Trubisky was surprised by it. And he handled it well. That’s the part that no one talks about. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Video: Matt Merletti - Surratt should start at QB, not Harris

Former North Carolina safety Matt Merletti assesses the Tar Heels' quarterback situation after Larry Fedora started Brandon Harris over Chazz Surratt against Virginia last week. Plus, Merletti and Marilyn Payne preview UNC's game at No. 14 Virginia Tech. View Video...

UNC Defense Looking to Limit Big Plays Against No. 14 Virginia Tech

The offensive struggles for the UNC football team have been well-documented, but it’s the defense’s biggest problem area that could doom the Tar Heels this week in Blacksburg against No. 14 Virginia Tech. While UNC will have to find a way to score points no matter who the quarterback is, the Hokies have the ability to pressure the Tar Heels from the get-go. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Shows Defensive Growth Despite Catastrophic Plays

Much has been made of North Carolina’s defense and its preseason expectations to carry Larry Fedora’s sixth team in Chapel Hill. After failing to live up to that hype with a comedy of errors in early losses to California and Louisville, the Tar Heel defense has been plodding along each week, showing both improvement and a knack for giving up a catastrophic play every Saturday. (Inside Carolina)

Four things to know ahead of North Carolina's game at Virginia Tech on Saturday

Through six games, the Virginia Tech Hokies are only allowing 13.7 points on average, the seventh best mark in the country. SB Nation’s Bill Connelly’s S&P+ rankings, a statistic that takes into account strength of opponent and garbage time, say the Hokies’ defense is the 11th best nationally. Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds might be the star of the group. (Daily Tar Heel)

North Carolina’s offense faces its toughest task to date

A deafening crowd and a physical defense await the Tar Heels this weekend. With a trip to Virginia Tech coming Saturday, UNC’s sputtering offense might be on the verge of slipping deeper into its funk. Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster has assembled another stout group. On the way to its 5-1 record, Virginia Tech has been superb at limiting opposing offenses. (FanRag Sports)

Patience gives UNC's Michael Carter an extra burst

The truth is that there aren't a lot of bright spots to speak of in North Carolina’s 1-6 season. But Michael Carter is one of them. On a team that lost many offensive playmakers to the NFL last April and even more to season-ending injuries, Carter has teamed with Jordon Brown in the Tar Heel backfield to give the team some semblance of a running game. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Virginia Tech-North Carolina Preview

After a much-needed bye week, No. 14 Virginia Tech returns to action against North Carolina in Lane Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It’s Homecoming in Lane Stadium, and the Hokies will be facing a struggling Tar Heel team that is 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the ACC. UNC beat Old Dominion 53-23 back in September, but the rest of their schedule has been a major struggle. (Tech Sideline)

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#2 Miami0
at Pittsburgh0
Friday 12:00 PM

#25 Virginia Tech0
at Virginia0
Friday 8:00 PM

#7 Georgia0
at Georgia Tech0
Saturday 12:00 PM

Florida State0
at Florida0
Saturday 12:00 PM

Louisville0
at Kentucky0
Saturday 12:00 PM

Boston College0
at Syracuse0
Saturday 12:20 PM

Duke0
at Wake Forest0
Saturday 12:30 PM

North Carolina0
at NC State0
Saturday 3:30 PM

#3 Clemson0
at South Carolina0
Saturday 7:30 PM

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(2) Miami7-010-0
(24) Virginia Tech4-38-3
Georgia Tech4-45-5
Virginia3-46-5
Duke2-55-6
Pittsburgh2-54-7
North Carolina1-63-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson7-110-1
NC State5-27-4
Wake Forest4-37-4
Louisville4-47-4
Boston College3-46-5
Florida State3-54-6
Syracuse2-54-7


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