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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)

Larry Fedora On Attitude, Learning, Morning Ritual & More

Larry Fedora: “Just adversity, that’s all it is. You attack it every day. I wake up in the morning and I say ‘It’s going to be a great day, I cannot fail I can only learn and grow.' I set my attitude and then I attack the day. Whatever happens happens. It doesn’t mean everything good is going to happen, but I can control my attitude about how I’m going to address it and how I’m going to act.” (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Kapilovic Clarifies UNC QB Situation

Redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt appeared to have solidified his starting job at quarterback until it appeared as though he had not when LSU grad transfer Brandon Harris earned his second start of the season in the loss to Virginia last weekend. The decision was kept under wraps and promptly spurred speculation as to why Harris played the entire game. (Inside Carolina)

Larry Fedora worried he was ‘being catfished’ when recruiting punter Tom Sheldon

In recent years, Australia has emerged as a breeding ground for punters. This week, when North Carolina and Virginia Tech square off, both teams will feature punters from Down Under. In his teleconference Wednesday, Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora discussed the unique challenge of recruiting his punter, Tom Sheldon, from more than 10,000 miles away. (DieHards.com)

UNC-Virginia Tech: Matchup to Watch

It will be a battle of programs headed in different directions when North Carolina (1-6, 0-4 ACC) travels to Blacksburg to play No. 14 Virginia Tech (5-1, 1-1 ACC) on Saturday. Larry Fedora’s squad has been the struck viciously by the injury bug all year, resulting in an offense that has failed to find any sort of rhythm, especially over the last four weeks. (Inside Carolina)

Virginia Tech expects same fast-paced UNC Saturday

It's back to business for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Following a bye week, the team is hoping for a strong start to the second half of the season, which begins with UNC on Saturday. "I fully expect them to be the North Carolina team that's played against us the last couple of years, playing tempo and playing dynamic athletes," said defensive coordinator Bud Foster. (WSLS)

Mitch Trubisky's numbers not eye-popping, but John Fox sees growth

John Fox saw growth in Mitch Trubisky's decision-making against the Ravens. Trubisky did something Sunday no rookie quarterback had done against the Ravens under coach John Harbaugh, who took over in 2008 — win at M&T Bank Stadium. Fox stressed that some of Trubisky's growth will come from plays he purposely does not try to make. (Chicago Tribune)

North Carolina's pace could test No. 14 Virginia Tech's defensive line

With a rookie quarterback and an offense beset by injuries, the Tar Heels are snapping the ball just 67 times per game this season. "That's more of a result of not converting on third and fourth downs," UNC coach Larry Fedora said. Still, Virginia Tech’s defense knows that if UNC can hit big plays or convert consistently, its up-tempo approach can wear down a defense. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 14
Virginia: 20
Sat, Oct 14 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia Tech
Sat, Oct 21, 3:30 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC vs. Miami
Sat, Oct 28, 12:00 ET ABC/ESPN/2 Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Thu, Nov 9, 7:30 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Louisville0
at Florida State0
Saturday 12:00 PM

Pittsburgh0
at Duke0
Saturday 12:20 PM

Boston College0
at Virginia0
Saturday 12:30 PM

Syracuse0
at #7 Miami0
Saturday 3:30 PM

North Carolina0
at #14 Virginia Tech0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Wake Forest0
at Georgia Tech0
Saturday 7:30 PM

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(8) Miami3-05-0
Virginia2-05-1
Georgia Tech2-13-2
(14) Virginia Tech1-15-1
Duke1-34-3
Pittsburgh0-32-5
North Carolina0-41-6

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(16) NC State4-06-1
(7) Clemson4-16-1
Syracuse2-14-3
Florida State2-22-3
Wake Forest1-24-2
Louisville1-34-3
Boston College1-33-4


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