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UNC relying on backfield depth

Depth at running back was supposed to be a strength for UNC this season, and it certainly has been put to the test. The Tar Heels face a short week to get ready for Duke on Thursday and are down to sophomores T.J. Logan and Charles Brunson, a walk-on, in the backfield. UNC lost former Hillside running back Khris Francis for the rest of the season on Saturday against Pittsburgh. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC fans can relax; Fedora to Florida a longshot...right now

Larry Fedora's name was one of dozens tossed out by various media outlets Sunday as a potential successor for Florida coach Will Muschamp, and for obvious reasons. UNC's third-year head coach has ties to the Florida program – he spent three seasons between 2002-04 as an assistant with the Gators under head coach Ron Zook. (Fayetteville Observer)

Video: Monday Football Post-Practice Interviews

Larry Fedora and Marquise Williams discuss preparing for Duke, adapting to a short week, and earning back the victory bell after practice on November 17, 2014. View Video...

Short Turnaround for Rivalry Clash

Monday is traditionally a day of rest around the Kenan Football Center during the regular season. That wasn’t the case this week as the Tar Heels practiced Monday due to the five-day break between Pittsburgh on Saturday and Duke on Thursday. When asked how the prep schedule had changed due to the short week, Larry Fedora replied: “We’re out here today, that’s one thing.” (Inside Carolina)

No. 25 Duke must flush narrow loss, focus on UNC

Normally, the Blue Devils spend Sundays looking back at the previous game – win or lose. They are allowed to be retrospective, with hopes of learning from what just happened, before turning their attention to their next opponent two days later. But that schedule isn’t possible with the quick turnaround before facing UNC this week. The Tar Heels (5-5, 3-3) became the focus of Duke’s players and coaches before the weekend was up. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Plenty on the line for No. 25 Duke, UNC

No. 25 Duke has a second chance to control the Coastal Division. North Carolina needs one more victory for bowl eligibility. Bragging rights are always important in this backyard rivalry, but there's plenty on the line for both teams besides pride. The Tar Heels can qualify their second straight bowl berth by beating either Duke or North Carolina State. (USA Today)

Video: UNC Homecoming Weekend Wrap Up - Undefeated

Six different Tar Heel teams combined for a 10-0 record this homecoming weekend including field hockey, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, women's soccer, and football. View Video...

Khris Francis Out for Season

An MRI has confirmed that North Carolina sophomore tailback Khris Francis tore the ACL, MCL and meniscus in his right knee in the Tar Heels’ win over Pitt Saturday afternoon. Francis, a native of Durham, N.C., suffered the injury in the second quarter. A surgery date has not yet been been determined (Tar Heel Blog)

Postgame Chalkboard from UNC-Pitt

Despite the win, the UNC defense continued to get physically mauled at the point of attack, as Conner ran for 220 yards on 30 carries, averaging a healthy 7.3 yards per run. At this point, I’m at a loss about the lack of physical play on the defensive side of the football; you simply cannot win consistently when allowing those kinds of rushing numbers and over 13 yards per passing attempt. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-State football game draws early kickoff time

The ACC and its television partners have announced the kickoff times for the final weekend of the football season and to absolutely nobody’s surprise, the rivalry showdown between North Carolina and N.C. State has drawn the 12;30 p.m. time slot. The game, at Kenan Stadium, will be televised by the Raycom ACC Network. (Wilmington Star News)

Marquise Williams named ACC Offensive Back of the Week

UNC quarterback Marquise Williams was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the third time this season after leading the Tar Heels’ 40-35 win over Pitt. Williams accounted for four touchdowns, completing 23 of 40 attempts for 276 yards and one touchdown and rushing 19 times for 122 yards and three scores. Williams completed a school-record 16 consecutive passes during one stretch. (The ACC)

Art’s Angle: Timing Is Everything

You have to hand it to Carolina’s defense. For the record-breaking unit in yards, first downs and points allowed, clearly the Tar Heels’ pièce de résistance is impeccable timing. On the second occasion this season, UNC let the opponent score with enough time on the clock for the offense to go back down and win the dad-gum game. If I didn’t know any better, I would think they do it on purpose. (Chapelboro.com)

Julius Peppers exactly what Packers' defense needs

One hand at his chin, one in his pocket, Julius Peppers thought about the latest question about his age for a brief moment. He now has two interceptions returned for touchdowns this season. This is precisely why he wanted to be a 3-4 outside linebacker, yes. But Peppers was also 3-4, as in 34 years old. There are grays sprouting in his hair, his beard. Whether he still had big-play ability at his age was a very real unknown heading into this season. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Carolina Rundown: November 17

Julius Peppers, who has become a leader in Green Bay, returned an interception for a touchdown in a blowout Packers win over the Eagles. Raymond Felton is healthy, and will start serving his four-game suspension against Charlotte today. Hakeem Nicks caught two passes, including a sweet touchdown grab, for the Colts. (GoHeels.com)

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Pitt

For the second straight game in Kenan Stadium, the Tar Heels led late, only to give up the lead before scoring on their final drive to secure the win. UNC showed resiliency after laying an egg in Miami two weeks ago and keep the season alive. With that in mind, here is this week's GBU Report: (Tar Heel Blog)

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
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

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

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