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UNC football searches for consistency against Illinois

In the 2015 season, the North Carolina football team has scored eight touchdowns. That’s eight more than what the Illinois defense has allowed this year. Through two games, the Illini have outscored opponents Kent State and Western Illinois by a 96-3 margin. Kent State reached the red zone once, but their field goal was blocked. Western Illinois never passed Illinois’ 33-yard line. (Daily Tar Heel)

Donnie Miles setting the tone in UNC football's secondary

For North Carolina redshirt sophomore safety Donnie Miles, it’s the mental part of his game that has set him apart so far this season. In 2014, Miles occupied the ram position in the Tar Heels’ lineup, where he started six games. In the hybrid spot, the redshirt sophomore finished fifth on the team in tackles with 53 and racked up four tackles for loss, one sack and one pass breakup. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Illinois

The numbers say this will be a stiff test for UNC's offense. Illinois' defensive numbers through two games are downright filthy. Granted the competition hasn't been great but still the Illini have put a stranglehold opponents through the first two weeks. Illinois has yet to give up a touchdown, held the first opponents to a paltry 2.9 yards per play and limited 3rd down conversions to just 12%. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight vs. Illinois

North Carolina coordinators Gene Chizik and Seth Littrell discuss the Tar Heels' upcoming home matchup with the Illinois Fighting Illini. View Video...

Illinois-UNC: A Power Five victory awaits

The streak ends on Saturday – at least for somebody. North Carolina and Illinois are two of college football’s most frustrating programs. Both are large public universities in states rich with football talent. Illinois’ brief periods of success precede stark downturns, while UNC hasn’t been able to break out of mediocrity this century. (Greensboro News & Record)

Illinois Preview: UNC Opponent Aiming for 3-0 Start

The Fighting Illini enters the game on a two-game winning streak, outscoring their first two opponents by a combined 96-3. Illinois’ hot start is especially surprising considering that the program ousted its head coach, Tim Beckman, just one week before its season opener. The team has rallied around interim head coach Bill Cubit since then and dominated its first two opponents. (Inside Carolina)

UNC uniform set for Illinois game

The Tar Heels are switching their uniforms up just a little for Saturdays matchup with Big Ten foe Illinois. After going white pants, blue jersey, and blue helmet for thee first two contests of the season, UNC is breaking out the white lids. Check out the look below from the twitter account of UNC assistant equipment manager Jason Freeman. (Carolina Blue)

Six Storylines Heading into Illinois

Larry Fedora has never beaten a Power 5 team outside of the ACC and will look to end that streak Saturday. After studying film, Fedora thinks Illinois is better than South Carolina so it would be no easy win. "I think they are better...I just think across the board. What they are doing defensively, the way they are scoring points on offense. They are more explosive." (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Weiler gets off to good start kicking field goals

Nick Weiler feels confident kicking field goals for North Carolina. A year after the Tar Heels struggled to make anything beyond the shortest of kicks, Weiler has made all three of his field goals — including two approaching 50 yards — in the first two games. "You trust your holder, you trust your snapper, you trust your blockers, the team trusts you," Weiler said. (USA Today)

Increased Flexibility For UNC At Tight End

A year ago, there weren't many options for UNC in how the staff could use its tight end position. It was Jack Tabb and pretty much that was it. Tabb had a decent season, but he was just one guy and his skill set was a bit limited. One year later, tight ends coach Seth Littrell, who is also the Tar Heels' offensive coordinator, has something he didn't have in 2014: Versatility. And with that comes flexibility. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC Secondary Preparing for Test

North Carolina’s first two opponents of 2015 featured run-oriented offenses without much of a sophisticated passing game. That will change against Illinois on Saturday as UNC’s secondary will be tested consistently by interim head coach Bill Cubit’s passing offense. “This is the first team that’s really going to throw it around,” UNC secondary coach Charlton Warren told reporters. (Inside Carolina)

Turner's Take: Takeovers

The game against the Illini represents a chance for Carolina to defeat a Big Ten opponent for the first time since 1999. To do that, head coach Larry Fedora said, they’ll need a complete game from all three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams. “It’s going to take all three phases,” Fedora said after practice Wednesday. “We’re not going to get it done with or two.” (GoHeels.com)

Plenty of familiarity as Illini take on Tar Heels

The way college football coaches zig-zag across the country, it’s no wonder so many of their paths cross. That becomes apparent this week as Illinois prepares to play Saturday at North Carolina. North Carolina’s head coach is Larry Fedora and that should ring a bell for any Illini fan who has been paying attention since the mid-2000s. (Decatur Herald & Review)

Chansky’s notebook: Well-Played Argyle

If the Tar Heels score say 50 points, like they did against North Carolina A&T, that’s a lot of argyle in the end zones! Whoever decided to do it that way, it works. The colors are back to where they belong but the design is both different and unique. No one is EVER going with the argyle that Alexander Julian made a Tar Heel trademark. It’s clearly Carolina’s. Well played, don’t you think? (Chapelboro.com)

ACC Week 3 Predictions

Illinois at North Carolina: Expect plenty of fireworks in this game. Both teams are averaging over 30 points per game and are led by solid quarterbacks in Wes Lunt (Illinois) and Marquise Williams (North Carolina). The Tar Heels have improved on defense under new coordinator Gene Chizik, and I think that’s the difference in this game. North Carolina 38-31 (Athlon Sports)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Georgia Tech: 31
Sat, Oct 3 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Wake Forest
Sat, Oct 17, 7:00 ET RSN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia
Sat, Oct 24, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Thu, Oct 29, 7:00 ET ESPN Tickets

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