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Mitch Trubisky focused on improving, not records

The deep passes contributed to Mitch Trubisky's career-high 432 passing yards against James Madison. Along with setting a personal record, Trubisky broke the UNC record for consecutive passes without an interception with 156. "I wish you guys would stop talking about that," the junior joked. "You don't talk about a no-hitter when someone's got a no-hitter going." (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels will try to start strong by stopping the run

It was no surprise on Monday when Larry Fedora revealed the ambitious number he has in mind for his run defense to have a successful day against the Pittsburgh offense on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. “We know if we don’t stop the run, then it’s going to be a long day. We’ve got to slow them down. We’d love to be around 75 percent less than what their average is." (Greensboro News & Record)

'He's always going to find you'

North Carolina had planned to run the flea-flicker on the previous scoring drive. The Dukes’ safeties were moving up to stop the run, so UNC had a plan to expose James Madison with the deep ball. But the Tar Heels had to change the play at the line of scrimmage. Why? Mack Hollins started yelling, “Touchdown, touchdown,” before the play even started. (Daily Tar Heel)

Film review: How UNC's offense has evolved under Larry Fedora

The running game has probably evolved the most in Larry Fedora’s tenure. The first thing we noticed is how the quarterback’s role has changed. This is partly due to personnel — Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky are better runners than Bryn Renner, Fedora’s quarterback in 2012. But UNC has also incorporated more read options into the playbook. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC football gets defensive before facing Pittsburgh

Speaking at his weekly press conference, Coach Larry Fedora addressed questions about UNC's defensive performance ahead of its ACC opener against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Fedora focused on UNC’s struggles against James Madison, which racked up 495 yards in UNC’s 56-28 win over the Dukes this past Saturday. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels face biggest weakness against first ACC foe

North Carolina faces Pittsburgh Saturday, opening ACC play against a Coastal Division opponent that runs on what is arguably the Tar Heels' biggest weakness -- a strong ground game. "We'll have our work cut out for us -- we know they're going to run the football," head coach Larry Fedora said. "We know what they're built on, we know what their philosophy is." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Larry Fedora Week 4 Press Conference Notes

Larry Fedora addressed the media on Monday before the Tar Heels take on Pittsburgh on Saturday, a big game against a division opponent. "They will probably be the best team we have played to this point. So we will have our work cut out for us," Fedora said at the press conference. "We know they are going to run the football. We know what their philosophy is." (Carolina Blue)

Connor Barth up for Soldier Field’s challenges

If you think kicking at Soldier Field is difficult, new Bears kicker Connor Barth suggests you give the practice fields behind Halas Hall a try. “Out here [at Halas Hall] sometimes might be tougher because you don’t have anything blocking the wind,” Barth said. (Chicago Sun-Times)

ESPN ACC Football Week 3 Power Rankings

Louisville is the new No. 1 in ESPN's ACC Power Rankings. As for the rest of the ACC...T4. North Carolina: Mitch Trubisky looked really, really sharp once again, overcoming a wild first quarter and running away from James Madison 56-28. Fellow Coastal contender Pitt awaits next week. (ESPN.com)

Tar Heels Starting Fresh in Repeat Bid for Coastal Division Title

Saturday’s ACC opener against Pittsburgh marks UNC's first opportunity to take the field as reigning Coastal Division champions and defend its 2015 title. The Tar Heels, however, are not looking to build on last season’s accolades. One season doesn’t make a program, and the year-to-year grind up the mountain of respectability starts again this weekend. (Inside Carolina)

UNC defense to enter week with a "laser focus"

Heading into UNC's Coastal Division game against Pittsburgh, the defense has to be locked in. "We just got to be on a laser focus," Des Lawrence told reporters on Saturday. "I talked to the guys and let them know that 'hey we got the W and we can be happy about that.' But we have to come ready to work and have our hard hats on for the rest of the week." (Carolina Blue)

Video: Larry Fedora Monday Pre-Pittsburgh Press Conference

North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora met with the media Monday for his weekly press conference at the Kenan Football Center to discuss more about the Tar Heels' victory over James Madison and to look ahead at this week's opponent, Pittsburgh. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

NC coaches earn a bunch of B grades this week

Larry Fedora, UNC, B: The Tar Heels’ run defense is hurting – one part injuries, one part inexperience – and James Madison could have been on the verge of something startling if the Dukes’ defense wasn’t in the same boat. UNC got the win, and 56-28 is an accurate reflection of how easily T.J. Logan, Elijah Hood, Mitch Trubisky and his pass catchers dominated. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Cayson Collins Named ACC Linebacker of the Week

North Carolina linebacker Cayson Collins finished with 10 tackles, including two for loss, in the Tar Heels' 56-28 win over visiting James Madison on Saturday. Collins’ defensive work helped the Tar Heels hold the Dukes scoreless on seven of their final eight drives of the game. (The ACC)

Chansky’s Notebook: ‘Preseason’ Over

UNC’s first three games were no more than a warm-up for the heart of the schedule over the next month. Pitt, at Florida State, Virginia Tech and at Miami are the next four opponents for Larry Fedora’s crew, beginning with the Panthers Saturday in Kenan Stadium at 3:30. One could make the case that those teams are better than anyone Carolina has played so far. (Chapelboro.com)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 33
Sat, Nov 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ California
Sat, Sep 1, TBD

UNC @ East Carolina
Sat, Sep 8, TBD

UNC vs. UCF
Sat, Sep 15, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
Pittsburgh3-55-7
Virginia3-56-7
Duke3-57-6
North Carolina1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson8-112-2
(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Louisville4-48-5
Florida State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8


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