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Tar Heels to challenge Duke defense Thursday

Facing the Tar Heels (5-5, 3-3) means Duke’s defense must deal with the unique talent that is quarterback Marquise Williams. The junior is UNC’s top threat on offense, using his strong throwing arm and his ability to run the ball to punish defenses. “He can do it all,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “He is the true epitome of what a dual threat is." (Durham Herald-Sun)

Prospect of meeting rival Duke melts UNC’s pains away

The aches and pains will be the same on both sides, so the short week of preparation isn’t bothering the players from North Carolina as they get ready to face No. 25 Duke on Thursday night. Ethan Farmer said playing Duke also made getting the aches and pains worked out a little easier. “I definitely want to get the bell back,” Farmer said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC-Duke football rivalry means something again

In terms of the big picture, the nationally televised game between the Tar Heels and Blue Devils is as important as they come. UNC can gain bowl eligibility with a win while a Duke victory would all but wrap up a second straight Coastal Division title and ACC Championship Game appearance. And yet, all anyone on either side can talk about this week is a brass bell . (Wilmington Star News)

Opponent Preview: Duke

Fresh off a fourth quarter comeback win against Pitt the Tar Heels will travel to Duke to play the Blue Devils in a nationally televised game Thursday. Duke is coming off only their second loss and are still in the driver's seat for a Coastal Division Title and second consecutive berth in the ACC title game. UNC can play spoiler to Duke's dreams of a shot at the title game by beating the Blue Devils. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: UNC Football Tuesday Post-Practice Interviews

Larry Fedora and Shakeel Rashad talk about stopping the Duke offense and winning back the victory bell after practice on November 18, 2014. View Video...

Tar Heels to challenge Duke defense Thursday

Facing the Tar Heels (5-5, 3-3) means Duke’s defense must deal with the unique talent that is quarterback Marquise Williams. The junior is UNC’s top threat on offense, using his strong throwing arm and his ability to run the ball to punish defenses. “He can do it all,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC Playing Spoiler Role vs. Duke

While UNC is out of the running for the Coastal division title, the Tar Heels are still in contention for a bowl bid as it looks to play spoiler on the road at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Blue Devils lost a tough 17-16 decision to Virginia Tech last Saturday, which makes their rivalry showdown with UNC a must-win in their attempt to win the Coastal Division. (Inside Carolina)

ACC Upset Watch: Week 13

North Carolina (5-5, 3-3) at Duke (8-2, 4-2), 7:30 p.m., ESPN. Line: Duke by 6. Both teams need this win badly: The Tar Heels to become bowl eligible; Duke to remain in the hunt for the Coastal Division crown. Marquise Williams will give the Tar Heels an opportunity to pull the upset. Last week against Pitt, he accounted for four touchdowns and went over 100 yards rushing. (ESPN.com)

Does the Dissipating Depth at Running Back Matter?

With the news on Monday that Khris Francis is out for the rest of the season and Elijah Hood sidelined with an undisclosed injury, UNC's once deep running back corps is now much thinner. The question going into the final two regular season games is how much does the running back depth matter? Given the rushing attack relies heavily on Marquise Williams, perhaps not that much. (Tar Heel Blog)

Fedora, Williams Eyeing Strong Football Finish

The 5-5 UNC football team has seen its fair share of adversity in a season that once again, hasn’t met expectations. But through it all, the Tar Heels have continued to display a fighting spirit that filters down from two of their leaders – head coach Larry Fedora and signal caller Marquise Williams. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina Rundown: November 18

Big night for Ty Lawson, who had 24 points and 12 assists in a win. Tyler Zeller scored 19 points and had seven rebounds off the bench, and is continuing to impress Brad Stevens. Danny Green scored 11 points and had four assists. Brandan Wright had 10 points and three rebounds. Marvin Williams had eight points, while P.J. Hairston scored six. (GoHeels.com)

UNC QB Marquise Williams has Duke’s respect

Duke may not have as much time as usual to prepare for a rivalry clash with North Carolina, but the Blue Devils still know exactly who to focus on to stop the Tar Heels on Thursday. UNC quarterback Marquise Williams is the first, second and third option for UNC’s offense, and Duke is well aware. “He’s really mobile, he’s real strong,” Duke defensive lineman Dezmond Johnson said. (Greensboro News & Record)

Saturday Special

Jeff Saturday played 13 seasons for the Colts, helping set the tone for Peyton Manning’s offense. He spent a final season in Green Bay in 2012 before retiring as a Colt after the 2013 Pro Bowl. In total, Saturday played in six Pro Bowls, was a four-time All Pro and a Super Bowl champion. Monday evening, Saturday spoke at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School on his four pillars of leadership (GoHeels.com)

Jeff Saturday's Pillars of Leadership

In addition to working as a football analyst for ESPN, Jeff Saturday speaks to corporations and church groups around the country. Before he spoke at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School on Monday, Saturday shared his four pillars of leadership with GoHeels.com and CAROLINA. (GoHeels.com)

UNC prepping for Duke during short week

Due to the North Carolina’s game against No. 25 Duke this Thursday, the Tar Heels were back on the practice field for an unusual Monday practice. Typically, UNC takes Monday to watch film and study the upcoming opponent, while resting their bodies from the past weekend’s game just 48 hours before. (Carolina Blue)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, 5:30 ET ESPN

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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