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UNC Football Looking To Match Pitt’s Physicality Saturday

The 4-5 North Carolina football team desperately needs a Homecoming win against the 4-5 Pittsburgh Panthers Saturday. The 12:30 p.m. kickoff inside Kenan Stadium will feature one of the nation’s premier running backs, and he’s not playing for the Tar Heels. The Panthers are playing an old-school brand of power football that Pittsburgh fans enjoy and opposing ACC defenses lament. (Chapelboro.com)

Pitt’s Conner presents familiar, but different challenge for UNC defense

Pittsburgh sophomore running back James Conner is averaging better than six yards per carry and has scored 17 rushing touchdowns while ranking third nationally with 1,342 yards. Those numbers only figure to rise against an UNC defense that ranks dead last in the ACC and allows an average of 219.7 yards per game. “You’re going to have to get multiple hats to him to get him down,” Fedora said. (Wilmington Star News)

Video: Caleb Pressley Speaks at ZTA Sorority Academic Banquet

Caleb Pressley speaks at the University of North Carolina Zeta Tau Alpha Academic Banquet on November 11, 2014. View Video...

Pitt/UNC Insider Q&A

Pitt is not the only game in town (regarding sports). They played a backseat to the Steelers and Pirates when they had Dan Marino and Hugh Green and somewhat with Tony Dorsett, let alone now, with the Penguiins being good too, so fan participation reflects that. With that being said, there is not a practical way to hire a $10-million a year coach and spend millions on recruiting, assistant coaches, etc. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels hope kickers regroup for bowl push

If North Carolina wants to make a late bowl push, the Tar Heels need their kicking game to improve. They've used senior Thomas Moore and sophomore Nick Weiler to kick field goals this season, though neither has provided reliable production. That's made the kicking job an open competition for much of the past two weeks, heading into Saturday's home game with Pittsburgh. (Associated Press)

Tar Heels Bracing for Physical Test

Miami’s Duke Johnson showcased his ability to run around UNC defenders two weeks ago. Pittsburgh will employ a different approach in its ground game against the Tar Heels this weekend. Pitt running back James Conner leads the ACC with 149.1 rushing yards per game, while Johnson ranks second with 134.8 ypg. The similarities, by and large, end there in trying to compare the rushing attacks. (Inside Carolina)

What To Watch For: Pitt

Two weeks after facing Duke Johnson, Carolina has another stiff challenge in the backfield as Pittsburgh brings James Conner to town. A sophomore tailback, Conner averages nearly 150 yards per game on the ground, fourth-best in the country. Conner can break off a 74-yard run as he did against Georgia Tech –he’s got escapability and the knack of making people miss– but he’s not afraid of contact. (GoHeels.com)

I'm A Tar Heel: Shakeel Rashad

Dear Tar Heel Fans, Thank you all so much for your continued support, it certainly doesn't go unnoticed. As we prepare to take on Pittsburgh this Saturday in Kenan Stadium we know that we have the full support of everyone who considers themselves to be a Tar Heel. So thank you all again for giving me a Carolina experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. #GoHeelsGoAmerica (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Rundown: November 13

Roy Williams has good perimeter depth at his disposal. Marcus Paige heads Sports Illustrated's preseason All-America list. Episode 5 of the behind the scenes series "This is Carolina Basketball" is now online. Harrison Barnes is soaring for the Golden State Warriors. And the Cincinnati Bengals expect to be without Giovani Bernard on Sunday (hip). (GoHeels.com)

The curious case of Cardinals guard Jonathan Cooper

When asked the chances guard Jonathan Cooper starts this week against Detroit, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians answered quickly: "None." GM Steve Keim two weeks ago said he thought Cooper would play more and said it needed to happen sooner rather than later. On his weekly radio appearance Monday, however, he backtracked a bit. (FOX Sports)

Tar Heels putting on the ‘big boy pads’ for Saturday's game against Pittsburgh

In preparation for Pittsburgh running back James Conner, safety Tim Scott and the UNC defense have been thinking a lot about Andre Williams. “At the beginning of last week, we just said, ‘This is a repeat of last year with Boston College,’” Scott said. Pitt does the same thing with 6-foot-2, 250-pound Conner, who brings a frame and ground attack very similar to what the 6-foot, 227-pound Williams brought to Kenan Stadium in 2013. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels Anxious For Home Game

This weekend is a homecoming in more ways than one for the North Carolina football team. Saturday not only marks UNC’s Homecoming celebration, but it also marks the football team’s first home game in almost a month. The Tar Heels have played three of their last four games on the road and haven’t been in Kenan Stadium since the middle of October. (GoHeels.com)

Pitt's Conner is a beast, and Tar Heels know it

Pittsburgh’s James Conner leads the conference — and is fourth in the country — at 149.1 rushing yards per game. His 17 touchdowns also lead the ACC and have him tied for third in the NCAA. Tar Heel coach Larry Fedora was asked earlier this week if that was a significant challenge. Which, of course, it is. Fedora answered it with a statement along the lines of, “You can’t stop him; you can only hope to contain him.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

Video: Larry Fedora Wednesday Post-Practice Interview

Larry Fedora discusses the challenge the Tar Heels face in trying to stop Pitt's potent run game when they host the Panthers on homecoming Saturday in Kenan Stadium. View Video...

Former UNC linebacker-turned country music star Chase Rice talks Tar Heels

Beneath the bright lights of the CMA Awards' red carpet, former UNC linebacker-turned country music star Chase Rice spoke with 247Sports national scouting director Barton Simmons and sports media personality Clay Travis. The topics ranged from college football to the Tar Heels to country music. Rice played for North Carolina from 2005 to 2008. (Carolina Blue)

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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