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ICTV: UNC Preparing Running Game for Duke

North Carolina will face a stout defensive front on Saturday. Duke's rushing defense is ranked No. 2 in the ACC in yards per attempt (3.0), and No. 29 nationally in yards per game (128.9). Last season, with Elijah Hood sidelined, UNC ran over, around and through the Duke defense in the blowout win, totaling 316 rushing yards, led by 116 from T.J. Logan. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's offense among nation’s best

The Tar Heels are running fewer plays than every offense ranked in the top 25, with 504 compared to 538 for Toledo — their closest competitor. That means their average of 7.46 yards per play is higher than all but two teams — Baylor and Texas Christian, which are the top two teams in terms of yards per game — making UNC one of the most explosive offenses in the nation. (Daily Tar Heel)

Records Falling Around UNC WR Quinshad Davis

Records have never been a focal point for UNC wide receiver Quinshad Davis. He entered his senior season needing just one touchdown reception to break the mark set by Nicks (21), yet seemed uncomfortable throughout the preseason when asked about record. “I just want to get it out of the way so everybody would stop talking about it,” Davis said in August. (Inside Carolina)

Fedora Live: PK Nick Weiler Increasingly Consistent

In a season that has been full of redemption for the Tar Heels, no player embodies the team’s improvement like senior kicker Nick Weiler. “Nick has come through for us in so many ways,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said during his radio show on Tuesday. Weiler made a career-high four field goals on four attempts in UNC’s 26-19 victory over Pittsburgh last Thursday. (Inside Carolina)

Duke taking tunnel-vision approach to UNC

Duke coach David Cutcliffe views this No. 21 Tar Heel team as the best he’s ever seen. “They have such weapons in the kicking game, on defense and offense,” he said. “(The) offense has playmakers everywhere, including the offensive line. Defensively, they’re extremely good in the back end, at linebacker and up front they’ve got a lot of people that are being very effective.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

Duke moves on from Miami loss, focuses on No. 21 UNC

Duke has good reason to move past the Miami Miracle. That game-ending play could wind up being completely meaningless in the ACC standings. For the Blue Devils (6-2, 3-1), the path to first place in the Coastal Division is exactly the same as it was a week ago. To get there, they must win their next two games, starting Saturday against their top rival — No. 21 North Carolina (7-1, 4-0). (Associated Press)

Elijah Hood: "We don't like those guys"

UNC running back Elijah Hood knows the game against Duke is important. "I am excited for this game," he told the media on Monday. "I am totally locked in. It's the biggest game of the year. I can't wait to play. They are our true rivals. We got to beat those guys every year, we don't like those guys. They don't like us. We are always the better shade of blue." (Carolina Blue)

Best Moments of Brian Walker's Career as a Tar Heel

Walker had mostly been used as a nickel corner this season, having been overtaken on the depth chart by MJ Stewart, Des Lawrence, Malik Simmons and Mike Hughes, all of whom are having absolutely terrific seasons for the Tar Heels. Walker played well as a freshman for the team, played a lot last season with mixed results, and now will likely transfer and look to play more on another team. (Keeping It Heel)

Five With Fedora – Part 7

From your vantage point in the Pitt game, what was the key play or sequence that stood out to you? – “The 71-yard touchdown pass to Switzer is hard to ignore. It was a huge play. We turned a guy loose up front and he practically dragged Marquise’s helmet to the ground. But he avoided the sack on his own and still threw at great pass for the score." (Sports-Glutton.com)

UNC's Marquise Williams has chance to live dream

With four games remaining in the regular season, Marquise Williams and the Tar Heels find themselves right where they want to be, leading the ACC Coastal Division with a 4-0 record. UNC (7-1 overall) remained unbeaten in Coastal play and earned its first national ranking of the year (No. 21 in AP and Coaches' polls) after beating Pittsburgh on Thursday, 26-19. (Fayetteville Observer)

San Francisco 49ers Sign RB Shaun Draughn

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Monday that they have signed RB Shaun Draughn to a one-year deal. A 27-year-old native of Tarboro, NC, Draughn attended the University of North Carolina, where he appeared in 44 games, and finished his career with 2,070 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns along with 50 receptions for 268 receiving yards and one touchdown. (San Francisco 49ers)

UNC Football in Unfamiliar Territory

UNC is currently all alone atop the Coastal with a 4-0 conference record, leading Pittsburgh (4-1) by a half of a game and Duke (3-1) by a full game. After a decade of fighting an uphill battle to the ACC Championship Game, the Tar Heels are finally positioned to control their own destiny this late in the season for the first time since 2008. (Inside Carolina)

ICTV: UNC QB Marquise Williams's Divided House

It's not uncommon for UNC players to face friends and acquaintances on the football field, especially during games against Duke. One Duke player in particular hits close to home for Marquise Williams. This Saturday Williams will see his cousin, senior defensive tackle Carlos Wray, across the line of scrimmage. Williams said the rivalry between them runs deep. (Inside Carolina)

No. 21 Tar Heels leading Coastal Division entering November

For once, North Carolina isn't trying to dig out of an early hole in the ACC standings. Instead, the No. 21 Tar Heels are back in the national rankings and stand alone atop their division. "I like this side better," UNC coach Larry Fedora quipped Monday. The only unbeaten team in the Coastal standings has its longest winning streak since the Mack Brown era heading into Saturday's home game with Duke. (Associated Press)

Larry Fedora Defends ACC Officiating

Amid controversy surrounding ACC football officiating, UNC head coach Larry Fedora reinforced his confidence in the league’s officials. “I think we have good officials in this league,” Fedora said during his weekly press conference on Monday. “I don’t care what league you’re in, and I’ve been in a bunch of them, you have mistakes that are made in officiating in every single game.” (Inside Carolina)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6

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