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Tar Heels Look To Avoid Habitual Yellow Jacket Sting

The 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 program

The 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 43

And 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 Tech

Seth 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. View Video...

Kareem Martin Has Expanded Role Now with Arizona Cardinals

With Darnell Dockett lost for the season, rookie Kareem Martin has a more expanded role now with the Arizona Cardinals. The 3-1 Red Birds drafted the defensive end in the third round of this year's NFL Draft with an eye towards helping their pass rush. Martin has five tackles and one pass defended on his Cardinals resume so far. (AZ Cardinals 101)

Marquise Williams turns to old pal for word on Jackets

UNC quarterback Marquise Williams got some advice on how to beat Georgia Tech this week from an old friend — Duke quarterback Anthony Boone, who helped hand the Yellow Jackets their first loss last Saturday. The Charlotte natives have known each other for almost 10 years and bonded during clinics and camps. The information should come in handy on Saturday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC's Offensive Tempo Adding to Defensive Woes

There’s a laundry list of problems to highlight in trying to explain UNC’s current defensive predicament. The Tar Heels rank 124th in scoring defense (43.3 ppg) and 117th in total defense (508.0 ypg). One aspect that hasn’t gotten much attention, however, is the relationship between Larry Fedora’s uptempo offense and the effects of that increased tempo on the defensive efforts. (Inside Carolina)

Audio: A Chat With GT Coach Paul Johnson

WCHL's Matt Oakes caught up with Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket head coach Paul Johnson to discuss the state of GT football, the parity in the ACC, the triple-option offense and his matchup with the Tar Heels this weekend in Chapel Hill. (Chapelboro.com)

One Thing to Watch: Georgia Tech

The dive, the keep, the pitch. Georgia Tech’s flex bone offense doesn’t consist entirely of the triple option play, but it’s the glue that holds everything together. In the week leading up to a game against Paul Johnson’s Georgia Tech team, the talk of UNC's defense is ‘assignment football.’ That means knowing and executing your own assignment and trusting your teammates to know theirs. (GoHeels.com)

In Green Bay, a more mellow Julius Peppers will face Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers’ player reunion tour continues this week when they visit Green Bay and face another of their former Pro Bowlers in Julius Peppers. Peppers has been gone for five years, so his emotions about his exit from Charlotte aren’t as raw as those of Steve Smith, who promised “blood and guts” when his Baltimore Ravens faced Carolina in Week 4. (Charlotte Observer)

Jackets must move past Duke loss, prep for UNC

The Yellow Jackets will play at North Carolina on Saturday night as they try to remain near the top of the ACC’s Coastal Division race. Paul Johnson said he has “all the confidence” in quarterback Justin Thomas, who threw two interceptions against Duke. It was a rare poor game for Thomas, who threw only one interception in the 5-0 start. Georgia Tech led the ACC in turnover ratio before the loss. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Video: Larry Fedora, Jeff Schoettmer Wednesday Post-Practice Interviews

Larry Fedora and Jeff Schoettmer talk special teams execution, playing disciplined football and practicing without a ball in order to stop Georgia Tech's triple option offense on October 15, 2014. View Video...

UNC's Running Back Production Lacking

North Carolina’s running back meeting room is stocked with talent, yet for the second year in a row, it’s quarterback Marquise Williams that is leading the team in rushing. Williams has been the featured offensive back in UNC’s ground game the past two weeks, averaging 113 rushing yards on 18.5 carries per game. The running backs have totaled just 67 yards on 33 carries over that span. (Inside Carolina)

What Remains: UNC Mid-Season Predictions

Looking into the second half of the season, every game is winnable for North Carolina. Then again, based on what we have seen so far out of the Tar Heels this Fall, every game could also result in a loss. To make a bowl game UNC needs to win four of the last six games. Let's examine the remaining six games for North Carolina and predict the results. (Carolina Blue)

Wednesday Larry Fedora Teleconference Quotes

How does this team go about winning games like last weekend? Where's the emphasis? Larry Fedora: "Well, we continue to work on taking care of the ball offensively. We can't turn the football over. If we don't do that, we've got a chance to win that football game and can win that football game. We've got to continue to create takeaways on defense. We've got to stop the run." (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, TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, TBD

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, TBD

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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