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Countdown to Kickoff: Rutgers

North Carolina looks to extend its winning record streak to seven years in a row with a win over Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Friday (4:30pm/ESPN). UNC (6-6) is a three-point favorite over the Scarlet Knights (7-5), although predictability has not been a trait of the Tar Heels in 2014. (Inside Carolina)

Landon Turner, UNC focusing on beating Rutgers

It’s Christmastime, final exams at UNC Chapel Hill are in the grade books. The only thing North Carolina’s football players have to worry about is securing a winning season by beating Rutgers during the Quick Lane Bowl (4:30 p.m., ESPN) at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, UNC safety Tim Scott said. Bah, humbug! It’s bowl season. There’s swag to be had — like those $250 Best Buy gift cards. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Breakin’ It Down: Quick Lane Bowl

Marquise Williams will find his footing again and have another big-time game through the air and on the ground to lead the Tar Heels to their second straight bowl win and make former UNC player and current Lions tight end Eric Ebron happy for the holidays. Prediction: UNC 42 – Rutgers 24 (Chapelboro.com)

North Carolina vs Rutgers: Quick Lane Bowl Preview

With neither defense in Friday’s Quick Lane Bowl matchup capable of regularly producing stops, the outcome could come down to which offense better capitalizes on the opposition’s breakdowns. Whereas UNC QB Marquise Williams can be counted on to reliably move the ball, the same cannot be said for Rutgers play caller Gary Nova. Pick: North Carolina 38, Rutgers 31 (Sports Illustrated)

Obscure Bowl Game Hall Of Fame: 2010 Music City Bowl

2010 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: North Carolina 30, Tennessee 27 The most memorable game of the Derek Dooley era, probably, was also Dooley's first and last bowl game in three seasons. The Volunteers thought they won and celebrated, but officials ruled that Tar Heels QB T.J. Yates had spiked the ball with one second left, even as half the team was on the field, resulting in an illegal substitution penalty. (Sports on Earth)

North Carolina quarterback reaches higher level

Marquise Williams gives credit to Lions rookie tight end and former Tar Heels teammate Eric Ebron for his successful comeback. "When everything went wrong, I felt it was the end of the world," Williams said of the period when he left school. "Eric was a guy who told me I needed to get it together if I wanted to reach my dream, so I cleaned up my act and worked hard to get back." (Detroit News)

Tar Heels go bowling with ex-teammate Eric Ebron

Marquise Williams couldn't wait to see his friend again once UNC's plane flew into Detroit. The Tar Heels' quarterback eagerly awaited a night of festivities with an old teammate before he had to go to work. Williams, along with safety Tim Scott, met up with Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron to enjoy a game of bowling Monday night before their opening practice for the Quick Lane Bowl on Friday. (Detroit Free Press)

Robert Quinn Selected to Pro Bowl

Robert Quinn's 10.5 sacks pale in comparison to his 2013 output but are still enough to lead the Rams and give him three consecutive seasons in double digits. Quinn's case for the Pro Bowl was buoyed by his emerging reputation as one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL. Over the past three seasons, he has 40 sacks, which is second only to Houston's J.J. Watt in that time. (ESPN.com)

Quick Lane Bowl Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Rutgers

For the most part the numbers indicate two mediocre teams who are exactly in the bowl they should be in. On the defensive side, UNC is facing a team with peculiar offensive numbers. Rutgers opts to run the ball more than it passes. 57% of Rutgers total plays were runs versus 43% passing the football. However the rushing attack produces just 3.97 yards per play which is 86th nationally. (Tar Heel Blog)

Former Red Bank (NJ) Catholic High School star Jack Tabb finishes UNC career in Quick Lane Bowl

Born in Japan and raised all over the United States, Jack Tabb's New Jersey roots don't run too deep. But the opportunity to play against Rutgers football in the final game of his collegiate career on Dec. 26 in the Quick Lane Bowl is something that North Carolina's senior tight end sees as a fitting end to a journey that began when he started drawing scholarship attention at Red Bank Catholic High School. (MyCentralJersey.com)

UNC's defense looks for answers in bowl game

For impressive freshmen like Nazair Jones, Dajuan Drennon and Cayson Collins, they were dropped into the deep end this year. Bowl practices are a valuable chance to step back and focus again on the fundamentals. "It gets to the future of our program," linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said. "We've got a lot of young guys playing and these extra practices, it's almost like a second spring practice." (ESPN.com)

Quick Lane Bowl Preview and Prediction: North Carolina vs Rutgers

Larry Fedora’s offense will be effective against the Scarlet Knights’ defense with dual-threat quarterback Marquise Williams being the difference-maker in the end. There should be no lack of offensive fireworks at Ford Field as the Tar Heels have just enough firepower to outlast the Scarlet Knights in a back-and-forth, highly entertaining affair in the Motor City. Prediction: UNC 34, Rutgers 30 (Athlon Sports)

Rutgers' pass defense to be tested by UNC's dual-threat quarterback

A year after surrendering 4,056 yards through the air during a 6-7 campaign, Rutgers yielded 2,733 passing yards while posting a 7-5 mark this fall. Rutgers' pass defense ranks 12th in the 14-team Big Ten and 69th nationally heading into a meeting with North Carolina on Friday in the Quick Lane Bowl. Standing in the way of an eight-win campaign is the nation's 23rd-best passing attack. (NJ.com)

UNC Going Bowling

It’s Christmastime, final exams at UNC are in the grade books. The only thing Carolina’s football players have to worry about is securing a winning season by beating Rutgers during the Quick Lane Bowl (4:30 p.m., ESPN) at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, UNC safety Tim Scott said. Bah, humbug! It’s bowl season. There’s swag to be had — like those $250 Best Buy gift cards. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels Prep for Rutgers in Big Ten Country

UNC will once again have the opportunity to take advantage of a bad run defense. Almost all of the teams in the Big Ten rely heavily on the ground game, and this season, nearly every team had success running the ball against this Rutgers defense. UNC fans might find this hard to believe, but this is a unit that gave up nearly as many rushing yards per game (211.8) as the Tar Heels. (Inside Carolina)

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 Tickets

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

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

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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