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UNC Defense Demanding Coastal Respect

No. 22 Duke and No. 23 Pittsburgh have relied on solid defense to remain undefeated in ACC play. While North Carolina is better known for its offensive exploits during the Larry Fedora era, its defense is making a case for the best unit in the Coastal Division in 2015. In ACC play, UNC is allowing the fewest points (19.3) of the trio. (Inside Carolina)

ACC Weekly Coaching Grades

Larry Fedora, UNC, B: With 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Tar Heels finished a lot stronger than they started in the 26-13 win over visiting Virginia. The challenge Thursday at Pitt won’t be Smoke Mizzell’s rushing quickness. The Heels will have to contain wide-out Tyler Boyd, who has 53 receptions despite facing constant double coverage. Previous grades: Four As, one B, one C. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Five With Fedora – Part 6

When you look at the defense, in terms of guys being in position, how different does the defense look on film this year compared to last year? – “There are a lot of differences for sure. We’ve given up a lot fewer catastrophic plays this season than last season. That’s due to guys being where they need to be and knowing how to attack the offenses they’re seeing." (Sports-Glutton.com)

Landon Turner Earns Third ACC Player Of The Week Honor

North Carolina offensive guard Landon Turner has been named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the third time this season following Carolina's 26-13 win over Virginia. Turner graded out at 95 percent and posted eight knockdown blocks. This marked the sixth time in seven games this season in which Turner graded out above 90 percent. (GoHeels.com)

In defense of good coaching, better mindset at UNC

Smart coaching and the right culture matter. There is plenty of evidence of both for UNC this football season, particularly on defense. The latest example was Saturday’s 26–13 victory over Virginia. The game was tied at 13 at halftime and the Cavaliers had 226 total yards. But the Tar Heels shut them out in the second half with only 127 yards, and five of six possessions ending with turnovers. (Raleigh & Company)

National Media Starting to Mention Larry Fedora's Name for Job Openings

Now that the Tar Heels are 6-1 and in the thick of the Coastal Division race, Larry Fedora is again a viable candidate for supposedly better jobs. On Sunday, Miami fired Al Golden after the Hurricanes were run over by Clemson 58-0. If Fedora wants to leave Chapel Hill for a different job it will be because that other job is a legitimate step up for him career wise. Miami isn't that right now. (Tar Heel Blog)

Butch Davis states his case for coaching Miami Hurricanes again

Butch Davis said publicly Monday something he has said privately for several years: he wants to coach the Miami Hurricanes again. Davis, who has made a guest appearance every Monday this football season on 790 The Ticket, was asked about his interest the morning after Al Golden‘s dismissal if he wants the job he held for six seasons. “Obviously, I’d love to be considered for that opportunity,” he said. (Palm Beach Post)

Pitt Prepares for ACC Showdown with North Carolina

Owning identical 6-1 records, Pitt and North Carolina square off Thursday night at Heinz Field in a crucial ACC Coastal Division game. The Panthers are atop the Coastal with a 4-0 ACC mark, while the Tar Heels are right behind at 3-0. The showdown will be nationally televised by ESPN. The Panthers’ strong start has been fueled by their ability to win close games. (Pittsburgh Panthers)

Extra Points: Defense Mechanisms

Through seven games in 2014, the Tar Heels were allowing 43 points and 522 yards a game. This year, that unit has surrendered but 17 points and 350 yards a game. Last year they were yielding 50 percent third-down conversions. This year that total has shrunk to 41 percent. And in the second halves of games this fall as UNC has posted a 6-1 record, the Tar Heels have allowed 7, 14, 7, 7, 10, 0 and 0 points. (GoHeels.com)

Elijah Hood bears bigger burden in UNC football victory

So far in 2015, Elijah Hood has displayed a physical running style. More often than not it has taken a host of defenders to bring him down — Saturday was no different. Hood was tackled behind the line of scrimmage just twice against the Cavaliers, and when he was able to get a head of steam, he made Virginia players pay — electing to make contact with a defender rather than going out of bounds. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Linebackers Locked In

In a game where penalties and sloppy play affected UNC for four quarters, the Tar Heel linebacker corps served as the most impressive unit on the field. Seniors Shakeel Rashad and Jeff Schoettmer, along with freshman Andre Smith, finished UNC’s 26-13 victory over Virginia with a combined 26 tackles. The unit played arguably its best game of the season. (Inside Carolina)

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Virginia

It was clear at the beginning of the season that UNC's schedule was back-loaded. The thing is, no one counted on the next two weeks being the Coastal Division playoffs. Carolina remains the only unranked one-loss Power 5 team as they travel to Pitt to take on the 23rd ranked Panthers, who are unbeaten in the ACC, for a Thursday night game. Then the week after the Heels welcome Duke. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels don't mind sloppy, as long as they win

When Virginia tried to run a trick play during the first half of North Carolina’s 26-13 win in Kenan Stadium on Saturday, UNC linebacker Shakeel Rashad recognized it from a Youtube video: “Ultimate Football Fails.” It was an apt metaphor for UNC’s ugliest win of the season, where the Tar Heels made plenty of mistakes but Virginia made even more. (Greensboro News & Record)

WWE Legend Booker T Training Ex-NFLer For Pro Wrestling Stardom

WWE legend Booker T isn't dropping elbows anymore, but he's got a brand new challenge: creating the next pro wrestling superstar out of one of Tom Brady's ex-teammates. TMZ Sports spoke with Brennan Williams who's decided to call it quits on a 3 year NFL career as a lineman for the Texans, Jaguars, and Patriots so he can take a shot at pro wrestling. (TMZ.com)

ACC Football Week 8 Power Rankings

5. North Carolina Tar Heels (6-1, 3-0 ACC): There were some early struggles in a clear look-ahead situation against Virginia, but Gene Chizik’s new-look defense continues to impress. The Tar Heels have held the opposition to 17 points or fewer in six of seven games. (ESPN.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-49-4

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Boston College2-67-6

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