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Trubisky, UNC bury Illinois for first win of 2016 season

North Carolina’s performance Saturday proved the team still has enough talent to contend for a conference championship. MitchTrubisky found an offensive groove, ripping off yardage through the air and on the ground. That success was the reason UNC won the game, but his play may have done more good for his confidence than anything else. (Daily Tar Heel)

Box Score: North Carolina 48, Illinois 23

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 48-23 win over Illinois in Champaign on Saturday night. (View Box Score)

UNC Defense Stifles Illinois

North Carolina’s defense locked down Illinois after giving up an early explosive play to help secure a critical 48-23 road win at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. The Illini (1-1) needed just three plays to break off a 65-yard rushing touchdown and raise doubts regarding UNC’s beleaguered run defense. (Inside Carolina)

Ten reasons why Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant deserves a new contract

On Wednesday in this space, it was written that the Saskatchewan Roughriders should sign quarterback Darian Durant — whose contract is to expire after the 2016 CFL season — to an extension. The rationale: He is a legend. (Regina Leader-Post)

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Preview and Prediction

This will not be a one-sided affair like last year’s matchup. Wes Lunt can throw the ball and the Illini defensive line is a handful. Plus, the crowd in Champaign will be ready to go. But UNC’s offensive weapons will be too much. Mitch Trubisky will be better, Elijah Hood will churn out yards, and UNC will hit a big play or two. Prediction: North Carolina 31, Illinois 27 (Athlon Sports)

Video: UNC Football Pre-Illinois Motivational

Before the North Carolina football team takes on Illinois at 7:30 on the Big Ten Network (channel finder), get pumped by watching the same video shown to the Tar Heels prior to taking the field in Champaign. View Video...

Position Comparisons: UNC Offense vs. Illinois Defense

Illinois' front seven, particularly the defensive line, is loaded with athletic upperclassmen who are adept at stopping the run. UNC's opportunities will likely come against an older yet inexperienced secondary that favors man coverage. With a mindset to force turnovers, the Illini defense may render itself vulnerable against a UNC receiving corps that will look to give Mitch Trubisky open targets. (Carolina Blue)

Three key stats for UNC vs. Illinois

Last week, penalties and lack of short yard rushes (three passes from the five yard line!?) were vital in handing Georgia a victory. Heading into Saturday’s game, sacks/TFL and turnovers will require increased scrutiny. The third statistic to watch, time of possession, may unfortunately become a regular factor in games against tougher competition. (Tar Heel Blog)

From Australia to UNC: Tom Sheldon’s long journey to become a college football punter

At UNC, at least, Tom Sheldon is unique. There isn’t another 27-year-old Australian freshman punter roaming the campus. In college football, though, he is another in a long line of Australians who have come to the United States to become punters. Many of them began their journey where Sheldon started his: at Prokick Australia. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC Will Win/Lose If...

UNC will win if Elijah Hood gets at least 20 carries. Last week, Hood averaged a whopping 7.2 yards per carry against a stout SEC defense. The problem was, he only got ten carries. The Heels need to establish the run first this Saturday to open up the deep passing game they tried so hard to utilize in Atlanta. Feed the beast and good things will happen. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels covet better balance on offense

North Carolina could use better balance with its offense, coach Larry Fedora said. “We put too much on the quarterback (when forced to pass),” he said. The Tar Heels go into Saturday night's game at Illinois seeking to tune up the expected high-powered offense that stalled too often in last week’s season-opening loss to Georgia. (Burlington Times-News)

Tar Heels present first real test for Illinois

There’s no evidence Josh Whitman and Lovie Smith are gambling men, but they’re all-in on this weekend. North Carolina and Illinois kick off Saturday night (7:30 p.m. ET, BIG TEN Network) at Memorial Stadium and Illinois’ athletic director and football coach are putting their chips on this game as demonstrative of their program’s progress. (State Journal-Register)

Former UNC cornerback Kedrick Davis finds fit with hometown 49ers

Charlotte 49ers cornerback Kedrick Davis admits he has something to prove this season. A former high school standout at Charlotte’s Berry Academy and a transfer from UNC, Davis is getting his shot at meaningful playing time with the 49ers, who will host Elon Saturday. But with his final season of playing eligibility, Davis wants to make the most of it. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC wideouts need to bounce back against Illinois

The much vaunted wide receiving corps of Ryan Switzer, Mack Hollins, and Bug Howard didn’t live up to last year’s performances or this preseason’s hype. Their struggles at getting open, catching balls and lessening the pressure on Trubisky greatly disrupted the UNC offense. What was arguably such a reliable, game-breaking group last year quickly became pedestrian and inconsistent in Atlanta. (Tar Heel Blog)

Despite going 0-fer, UNC remains confident in deep passing game

Against Georgia last Saturday UNC was 0-8 on passes over 15 yards. How can UNC improve on the deep passing game? The Tar Heels proved they could be successful with that aspect of the offense last season. With new quarterback Mitch Trubisky at the helm and his rumored "more accurate" arm, UNC should have success with the deep ball. (Carolina Blue)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 37
Pittsburgh: 36
Sat, Sep 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Florida State
Sat, Oct 1, 3:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Sat, Oct 8, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Oct 15, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Scoreboard
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, OCT 1 12:00 PM ET
Notre Dame0
at Syracuse0
SAT, OCT 1 12:00 PM ET
at Duke0
SAT, OCT 1 12:30 PM ET
at Boston College0
SAT, OCT 1 1:00 PM ET
North Carolina0
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 1 3:30 PM ET
Wake Forest0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 1 3:30 PM ET
at Pittsburgh0
SAT, OCT 1 7:30 PM ET
at Clemson0
SAT, OCT 1 8:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(30) Virginia Tech1-03-1
(32) North Carolina1-03-1
Georgia Tech1-13-1
(14) Miami0-03-0

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Louisville2-04-0
(5) Clemson1-04-0
(38) Wake Forest1-04-0
NC State0-02-1
(12) Florida State0-13-1
Boston College0-22-2

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