Six storylines: UNC vs. Georgia TechCan UNC stop beating itself with turnovers and penalties? Last week, UNC matched Notre Dame point for point and even held a one point lead entering the 4th quarter. However, a late interception and a number of offensive penalties hindered UNC from pulling off one of the biggest road upsets in school history. This week against Georgia Tech those turnovers and penalties are going to be even more important. (Carolina Blue)
What awaits Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill?I probably am guilty of the following thinking, that, even on the road, a team with a 5-1 record should beat a team that is 2-4 and has lost five games in a row to the first team. Maybe that’s the case, but I’d also say that records can be deceiving. As for the records, Tech could be 3-3 with little trouble, and North Carolina would be 3-3 if it had pulled off the upset at Notre Dame (which it very nearly did). (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Carolina Hosts Georgia Tech Saturday At 7UNC returns to Kenan Stadium to face Georgia Tech on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. The Tar Heels are seeking their first conference win of the season and looking to end a four-game losing streak. UNC is coming off an exciting 50-43 road loss at Notre Dame. QB Marquise Williams became just the fourth player in ACC history to throw for 300 yards and run for 100 yards in the same game. (GoHeels.com)
Countdown to Kickoff: Georgia TechNorth Carolina looks to end its current four-game losing streak by snapping a five-game slide against Georgia Tech under the lights at Kenan Stadium (7pm/ESPNU). The Yellow Jackets (5-1, 2-1 ACC) are favored by one point over the Tar Heels (2-4, 0-2 ACC). Georgia Tech leads the overall series 28-18-3 and has won 14 of the last 16. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels try to stop skid against Yellow JacketsNorth Carolina's defense has struggled to get off the field all season. Now the Tar Heels are facing an offense — and a Georgia Tech team — that has befuddled them for years. The Yellow Jackets (5-1, 2-1 ACC) have won five straight and 14 of 16 meetings heading into Saturday's game, including a 68-50 win in Chapel Hill two years ago that stands as the highest-scoring game in league history. (Associated Press)
Turning the Season Around Will Be Tougher This TimeAs bad as the 1-5 record looked through the first half of 2013, the eye test said UNC was a competitive team that could turn it around when the schedule eased up. It did that and the Heels managed a 6-6 mark which afford UNC a trip to the Belk Bowl. The question now is can UNC repeat the feat? The same numbers through half the season indicate it will be much tougher. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Caleb Pressley at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer CenterOn this week's episode of "Coaching with Caleb Pressley", Dr. Justin Yopp takes Caleb on a tour of the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program at the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center.
Breakin’ It Down: Georgia TechThe 2-4 North Carolina football team is coming off its fourth straight loss, this time on the road at No. 5 Notre Dame by a 50-43 margin. But this defeat was far more palatable. The Tar Heels surprisingly held the lead heading into the fourth quarter in South Bend, playing with much more energy and aggression. (Chapelboro.com)
ACC viewer's guide: Week 8Georgia Tech at North Carolina, 7:00, ESPNU: The Yellow Jackets lost their first game of the season last week, a delay-filled affair against Duke. But that option attack might still be tough to defend for a UNC defense that cannot seem to get out of its own way. Marquise Williams played a terrific game last week at Notre Dame, giving the Tar Heels a tremendous chance to win. (ESPN.com)
Video: UNC Football Field PrepAnother loss in the ACC but at least UNC looked good! So how exactly did the stars and stripes end up on the field at Kenan Stadium? A.J. Nwoko has the answer.
Tale of the Tape: Georgia TechThe most shocking finding in the stats comparison this week is the fact Georgia Tech's defense is actually worse than UNC's in yards per played allowed. The Yellow Jackets have a slightly worse 6.3 yards per play allowed but under 400 yards per game allowed. The key? Ball control on the offensive side. Georgia Tech is 18th in time of possession. (Tar Heel Blog)
Tar Heels Look To Avoid Habitual Yellow Jacket StingThe 2-4 North Carolina football team welcomes 5-1 Georgia Tech to Chapel Hill this weekend for a 7 p.m. kickoff Saturday under the lights at Kenan Stadium. The Tar Heels will be searching for their first ACC win of the season. Saturday’s game is a classic contrast in styles. It’s the jumpy, up-tempo UNC offense up against the deliberate, ‘lull you to sleep’ triple-option assault of Georgia Tech. (Chapelboro.com)
Butch Davis: UNC should be a top-10 programThe final poll of the 1998 season – that was the last time UNC football was ranked in the AP top 10. Former head coach Butch Davis, who led the Tar Heels out onto the field as a ranked team 11 times in his four-year coaching stint from 2007-10, said there is no reason UNC shouldn’t see the top 10 more often. “I felt like it was an institution that had all the potential to be a top-10, top-5 football program in the country,” Davis said Thursday. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Study Hall: Notre Dame 50, North Carolina 43And let's go ahead and say it: I was fooled by UNC. I know people get sucked in by the Heels each year, and I usually resist. But I thought offense and special teams would be good enough to overcome mediocre defense, and that UNC would be a solid top-40, or potentially much better, team. Instead, the Heels' defense has been awful, and special teams has been worse. (Football Study Hall)
Video: UNC Coordinator Insight - Georgia TechSeth Littrell and Vic Koenning breakdown what they expect to see on defense and offense when Coastal division opponent Georgia Tech comes to Chapel Hill on Saturday night.
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