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UNC-Duke matchup finally has major Coastal implications

North Carolina and Duke both control their own destiny in the Coastal Division. North Carolina (7-1, 4-0) sits alone atop first place. If the Tar Heels win out, they go to the ACC championship game for the first time. Duke (6-2, 3-1) sits one loss behind. If the Blue Devils win out, they go back to the ACC championship game for the second time in three seasons. (ESPN.com)

Giovani Bernard, Eric Ebron to return to Chapel Hill

Two of the more productive Tar Heels in the Larry Fedora era at UNC will return to Chapel Hill this weekend. Giovani Bernard and Eric Ebron will visit their alma mater for Saturday's UNC vs Duke game. For UNC fans, it will great to see Bernard and Ebron. The Tar Heels kick off against the Blue Devils at 12:00 PM inside Kenan Stadium. The game can be seen on ESPN2. (Carolina Blue)

NBA could've been a reality for Packers linebacker Julius Peppers

It was Feb. 6, 2001, against Wake Forest when Ronald Curry, the Tar Heels quarterback/point guard, threw that lob to Julius Peppers, a forward/defensive end. Matt Doherty isn’t sure if that’s the moment he knew Peppers could play in the NBA, but even today, his former coach said the 6-foot-7 Peppers was a legitimate NBA prospect in the making. (ESPN.com)

UNC-Duke: This One’s Bigger Than the Bell

Kenan Stadium has been sold out for this UNC-Duke meeting for over a week now, as the anticipation reaches basketball-level heights here in the Triangle area. Now that the football rivalry is beginning to spread its wings just a bit, Quinshad Davis and the rest of his teammates are itching to hit the field and show what they can do in front of a packed house. (Chapelboro.com)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Duke

According to the numbers this is one of the best offenses in the country facing on of the best defenses in the country based on yards per play. In UNC's case Duke will be the best defense the Tar Heels have face. Duke is 5th in yards per play allowed giving up just 4.18. Illinois is the best defense UNC has seen so far and the Tar Heels trucked the Illini in impressive fashion. (Tar Heel Blog)

Rameses has been attending football games since 1924

One of the Tar Heels’ most loyal fans comes back to Kenan Memorial Stadium each fall to check out the hedges, not the football. Chris Hogan, owner of the Hogan family farm, said his friend likes to eat the leaves during games because he’s a vegetarian and there’s not much else for him to do. Rameses, UNC’s live ram mascot, has attended Tar Heel home football games every fall since 1924. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC, Duke will battle for the bell for the 67th time

The Victory Bell was painted half Carolina Blue and half Duke blue before the 1948 UNC-Duke game. That contest was on Nov. 20, 1948, and it would result in a 20-0 win for the Tar Heels. The team was led by all-time UNC great and two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice. For the first time, the bell would stay in Chapel Hill. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC football team’s winning ways benefit students, Chapel Hill

According to an economic impact study conducted by the UNC Sports Administration Graduate Program, the Tar Heels’ 2013 home game against Miami had a total economic impact of approximately $5.06 million. Don Pinney, owner of Sutton’s Drug Store, said home football games have helped keep several Franklin Street businesses, including his own, from going under in the past. (Daily Tar Heel)

M.J. Stewart returns to UNC football, leads secondary

In his first game back from suspension, UNC cornerback M.J. Stewart compiled six tackles, one sack and three pass breakups while matched up against arguably the best receiver in the country in Pittsburgh’s Tyler Boyd for most of the night. It was the performance Stewart and the Tar Heels needed, and if you ask his coaches, it was the one he has continued to build toward. (Daily Tar Heel)

Recruiting Storylines: UNC vs Duke

When the two Tobacco Road rivals meet at high noon on Saturday, any player who had a commitable North Carolina offer will be sporting Carolina Blue. The opposite sideline, on the other hand, will include several who sought Tar Heel offers that never came. (Inside Carolina)

Jeremy Cash Expected to Make Huge Impact on UNC-Duke Matchup

When UNC quarterback Marquise Williams gets the ball on Saturday when the Tar Heels battle Duke, he’ll be facing a defense ranked ninth in the country. As good as they are as a group, there’s one Blue Devil that Williams will have to keep his eye on to have a shot at pulling out the win. All week long, Tar Heel players and coaches have had to take questions about Duke senior safety Jeremy Cash. (Chapelboro.com)

Six Storylines Heading Into UNC-Duke

The Tar Heels have not played a lot of meaningful football in the month of November in the past few years. Saturday's showdown brings up one of, if not, the biggest game of Larry Fedora's tenure. How will Carolina perform in a pivotal game so late in the year? It will be interesting to see if UNC can pull out a victory despite the immense pressure on them to keep their seven-game win streak alive. (Carolina Blue)

Turner's Take: Duke Week

The two-minute drill to close Wednesday’s UNC football practice was an intense one. There was barking back and forth between the Tar Heel offense and defense. There were coaches on either sideline calling in plays. There was wide receiver Mack Hollins, interspersing every play by shouting “Duke week!” over and over again, reminding his teammates what awaits on Saturday. (GoHeels.com)

Man of steel: Sturdy Julius Peppers still chasing QBs, Super Bowl ring

In 14 NFL seasons – and counting – Julius Peppers has never had an injury that required surgery. In a business where knee scopes have become as routine as an annual flu shot, Peppers is the anomaly. “I joke with him sometimes that he’s a man of steel, and he can’t be injured,” Carey said. “He assures me that it’s really his experience that helps him avoid injury.” (ESPN.com)

Gene Chizik is only concerned with the future of the North Carolina defense

Ten years had passed between defensive coordinator jobs. Admittedly, Gene Chizik needed to relearn the game for one pretty big reason: Offenses today look nothing like offenses did in 2006. So when he arrived at North Carolina in January, he got to work, putting in 18-hour days studying, learning and improving. When coaches left the office in time to have dinner with their families, Chizik stayed past 11 p.m. (ESPN.com)

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

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2, TBD

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

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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