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Tar Heels Aim to Silence Doubters Against No. 23 Pittsburgh

On Thursday night the Tar Heels travel to take on the No. 23 Pittsburgh Panthers for an important game between two of the division’s three remaining undefeated teams in conference play. Both the Tar Heels and the Panthers come into this matchup with records of 6-1 overall, however Pittsburgh sits half a game ahead of UNC and Duke in the conference standings at 4-0, instead of 3-0. (Chapelboro.com)

Jets' Quinton Coples' production not what he expected this season

Quinton Coples had thought this was going to be the year. The Jets' 2012 first-round pick assumed this would be the season he'd get to do what he was drafted to do: rush the quarterback. But that hasn't happened. (Newsday)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Pittsburgh

The numbers for a crucial Coastal Division match-up. For the most part these are two fairly even teams. UNC has been very good offensively and while Pitt's offensive numbers are not nearly as gaudy, there is a fair amount of efficiency there. Both defensive units will have their share of challenges facing the opposing offenses. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: No. 5 UNC at No. 1 Pitt, 1982

Nationally ranked #5 UNC visited #1 Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium in a battle of Heisman Trophy candidates that never materialized on September 9, 1982. UNC RB Kelvin Bryant was held to 58 yards on 16 carries, while Pitt QB Dan Marino passed for just 125 yards with 4 interceptions as Pitt squeaked out a 7-6 win. View Video...

Pitt and North Carolina play a huge game, and it's not 1979

Thursday night, the Steel City hosts both a game and a visiting team which bring back memories of the time when Pitt football was a very big deal in college football....and North Carolina also attained one of the few prime periods in its largely snake-bitten football history. Thursday is therefore a time for sweet nostalgia and the stomach-churning nerves which accompany main-event excitement. (The Student Section)

Tar Heel graduate Reggie Wilkins giving Rams a boost

Winston-Salem State’s roster is full of players getting second or even third chances of playing football. And Reggie Wilkins doesn’t apologize for that. Wilkins, who graduated from North Carolina last spring after an injury-riddled career, wasn’t quite done playing the game that he loves. So he took a chance at enrolling at WSSU and has become a big part of the Rams’ special teams. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Vikings place CB Jabari Price on Injured Reserve

The Minnesota Vikings have placed cornerback Jabari Price on injured reserve and signed linebacker Brandon Watts to the active roster from the practice squad. Price didn't play in a game this season. He served a two-game suspension, and then dealt with a shoulder injury. The moves were made Tuesday, when the Vikings also released wide receiver Donte Foster from the practice squad. (Associated Press)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Pittsburgh

Despite the similar records, UNC and Pitt have arrived at this pivotal moment of their seasons by different methods. The Tar Heels have won six games in a row by an average margin of victory of 26 points. The Panthers, on the other hand, are 5-1 in games decided by one possession. “Our kids have been great at winning the game in the fourth quarter,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Heads To Pitt For Thursday Night Coastal Showdown

Just five days after a tough 26-13 victory over Virginia, North Carolina travels to No. 23 Pittsburgh for an important Coastal Division matchup. The Tar Heels have won six in a row and are 6-1 overall and 3-0 in league play for the first time since 1997. Pitt is also 6-1 with the only loss coming at nationally ranked Iowa. (GoHeels.com)

Unexpected ACC showdown: North Carolina vs No. 23 Pitt

The defending ACC Coastal champion is last in the standings. The team that once dominated the division is second-to-last. The team that was expected to dominate the division when it entered the conference 10 years ago but never has just fired its coach. So why not North Carolina (6-1, 3-0) vs. No. 23 Pittsburgh (6-1, 4-0) — combined zero Coastal titles — for first place? (Associated Press)

Carter High fans hail premiere of producer Greg Ellis' movie about ’80s football team

Carter High School students, alumni and supporters attended the Dallas opening of a film about their beloved school. Carter High takes place in the 1980s, when the school’s powerhouse football team was on its way to a state championship season. Then, controversy about eligibility and a robbery scandal rocked the community. The team was portrayed as the villain in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights. (Dallas Morning News)

Professor protests gameday bike ban

Don’t park your bicycle in front of the Genome Science Building on football game days — it could be impounded, according to official signs posted on the bike rack. Biology professor Mark Peifer was walking by his lab Friday when he found a sign banning bicycles for the home football game against the University of Virginia. The sign said bicycles are banned from the location Friday evenings and Saturdays on football gameday weekends. (Daily Tar Heel)

Q&A with UNC linebacker Shakeel Rashad

North Carolina is 6-1 and tied atop the ACC Coastal Division, with a showdown against 6-1 Pitt on Thursday (7 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN). The key to the Tar Heels’ success has been the massive turnaround on defense, and we talked to one of the unit’s leaders, Shakeel Rashad, to find out what’s changed. (ESPN.com)

North Carolina QB poses major problems for any defense, Pitt's included

The Pitt defense will need no introduction to North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams when he arrives Thursday night at Heinz Field. Williams has tortured No. 23 Pitt in two previous meetings. Last season, Williams carved up Pitt’s secondary for 276 yards through the air and 122 rushing yards and three touchdowns en route to a 40-35 North Carolina victory. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

UNC vs Pittsburgh: Six Storylines

Larry Fedora and Gene Chizik have spent the week preparing the Tar Heels for their biggest matchup this season as Carolina looks to win it's seventh straight game. With similar wins this season, the Pittsburgh Panthers also look to legitimize their season with a win over the Tar Heels. CarolinaBlue looks at six key storylines to watch heading into Thursday's game. (Carolina Blue)

Football Schedule at a Glance
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North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
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at Boston College36

NC State41
at Vanderbilt17

at Wake Forest34

at Northwestern31

#17 West Virginia14
at #23 Miami31

at #16 Virginia Tech35

#12 Stanford25
at North Carolina23

#10 Michigan32
at #8 Florida State33

#14 LSU29
at #20 Louisville9

Georgia Tech33
at Kentucky18

#6 Ohio State0
at #1 Clemson31

#1 Clemson35
at #2 Alabama31

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-49-4

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

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