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‘Tis the Season for UNC Bowl Swag

There is intense preparation ongoing for No. 10 North Carolina’s Russell Athletic Bowl trip to Orlando. Working together to achieve the desired result is a requirement. This level of scheming revolves around bowl swag, not Baylor. The Tar Heels’ Christmas present from the Russell Athletic Bowl comes a day late this year, in the form of a Best Buy shopping trip valued at $350 on Dec. 26. (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC WRs Send Christmas Packages to Military

The North Carolina wide receivers, also known as "The Freaks", spread some Christmas cheer to Tar Heels in the Military. View Video...

Baylor out for out-of-conference respect in Russell Athletic Bowl

Yet due to the Bears’ soft scheduling practices and a pair of bowl flops the past two seasons, one of the only -- and yet significant -- lingering holes in Baylor’s resumé since has been the lack of a marquee victory from outside the conference since that UCLA game. Which makes the clash with No. 10 North Carolina on Dec. 29 in the Russell Athletic Bowl all the more important for a Baylor program still angling for approbation. (ESPN.com)

UNC’s Gene Chizik: ‘I want to finish everything out here’

If you believe the speculation, Gene Chizik recently could have been a leading candidate to become the head coach at East Carolina. Chizik offered a wry smile last week after a North Carolina football practice when asked whether he might have been interested. “Rumors, rumors, rumors,” he said, before adding that he doesn’t “really like to discuss any of that.” (Charlotte Observer)

Extra Points: Holiday Big Picture

Just over 12 hours after buses returned to Kenan Football Center the third weekend of November after a trip to Blacksburg, Va., where the Tar Heels clinched their first ACC Coastal Division title, team chaplain Mitch Mason and a handful of players were on the fifth floor stuffing shoe boxes with Christmas gifts to be shipped around the world. (GoHeels.com)

Lawrence Taylor changed the game

Lawrence Taylor, who quickly ascended to a sobriquet — LT — became a behemoth the instant he walked onto an NFL gridiron, landing on the Meadowlands like a meteor. Maybe it’s a coincidence, but the sack became a statistic right after his rookie season. Like Wilt Chamberlain in the NBA, the league literally changed upon Taylor’s arrival. (CBS New York)

Larry Fedora asks Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples a question....about brisket

Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples answers a Twitter question from North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC can change perception in Russell Athletic Bowl

Marquise Williams and many of UNC’s football players were disappointed to hear they would be playing in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Tar Heels went 11-2, won the ACC Coastal Division and had a top-10 ranking but still got passed over for a New Year’s Six Bowl game. “Everybody was disappointed at first,” Williams said. “At the end, everybody was like, let’s be blessed." (Greensboro News & Record)

UNC, State, Wake players selected to new postseason all-star game

Representatives from UNC, N.C. State and Wake Forest are among the first group of players accepting invitations to play in the inaugural Tropic Bowl, a new college football all-star game to be played in North Miami Beach on Jan. 17. Justin Thomason will represent the Tar Heels. Thomason, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle, contributed to UNC’s amazing defensive turnaround with 35 tackles. (Wilmington Star News)

Three bowl games, three different motivations

Unlike their neighbors, who are either looking ahead to 2016 or looking for program respect, North Carolina will arrive in Orlando looking to prove a point. Larry Fedora’s program is in very good shape. They’ll return a ton of starters, they have one of the most exciting running backs in the country coming back in Elijah Hood. And they know that next year’s quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, can play. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC-Baylor Preview: Bears Hobbled, Yet Dangerous

Baylor enters the Russell Athletic Bowl following an injury-riddled season that began with College Football Playoff expectations and ended with three losses in the last four games. The decline at the end of the season is directly related to injuries at quarterback, where starter Seth Russell (neck) and backup Jarrett Stidham (ankle) both saw their seasons end early. (Inside Carolina)

Stats Breakdown: Baylor vs. North Carolina

Art Briles and Larry Fedora have placed their respective programs on the map with their potent offenses, but a victory in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando could come down to a defensive strength -- or weakness. Baylor (9-3) and North Carolina (11-2) each fall among the top five nationally in adjusted scoring offenses for the 2015 season and have shown a balance between their passing and rushing game.... (Bears Truth)

Bryn Renner Signed to Tennessee Titans' Practice Squad

The Tennessee Titans have signed quarterback Alex Tanney from the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad and placed defensive tackle Mike Martin on injured reserve. The Titans also added former North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner and wide receiver Gavin Lutman to the practice squad. (WJHL)

Russell Athletic Bowl Advanced Stats Part II: Bears Offense vs. Tar Heels Defense

The havoc numbers for UNC’s defense are largely pedestrian, but take a look at their DB Havoc rate and their Passes Defensed-to-Incompletions ratio. Their secondary is really aggressive, and without a doubt the best part of their defense. (Our Daily Bears)

What it will take for shorthanded Baylor to beat North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl

No. 17 Baylor has struggled the past two seasons to cap off successful seasons with a win, falling in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl and 2015 Cotton Bowl after being favored in both. However, the Bears have an opportunity to remedy the situation with a marquee matchup against No. 10 North Carolina on Dec. 29 in the Russell Athletic Bowl. (Dallas Morning News)

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ACC Football Standings
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(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
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