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UNC Debuts at #23 in the CFP Top 25

After being conspicuously missing from the College Football Playoff Top 25, North Carolina makes its first ever appearance in the poll at #23. At this point it is clear UNC has to major obstacles to its ability to quickly ascend this poll. The first is the inexplicable loss to South Carolina to open the season. The second is the two FCS teams on UNC's schedule. (Tar Heel Blog)

Williams Named O'Brien National Quarterback Of The Week

UNC senior Marquise Williams' school-record setting performance has earned him Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week accolades for week 10. Williams, the ACC Offensive Back of the Week, established school records in both passing yards (494) and total yards (524) in the Tar Heels' 66-31 win over Duke. In addition, he accounted for five touchdowns, including four through the air. (GoHeels.com)

UNC football continuing to gain national praise

North Carolina is 8-1, undefeated in the ACC, and No. 17 in both the Coaches and AP Poll. During last Saturday's game against Duke and into this week, the national praise for the Tar Heels has started to increase. (Carolina Blue)

Photos: UNC over Duke celebration

Celebration photos during and after the Tar Heels beat down of the Blue Devils. (Carolina Blue)

Video: All nine of UNC's touchdowns versus Duke

It seemed nothing could stop UNC's offense last Saturday versus Duke. The Tar Heels scored nine touchdowns including passes to Ryan Switzer, Mack Hollins, Bug Howard, and Quinshad Davis and runs by Elijah Hood, Marquise Williams, and Mitch Trubisky (Carolina Blue)

UNC QB Marquise Williams & the Deep Ball

Marquise Williams’ performance against Duke – 23-of-35 passing, 494 passing yards, 4 TD - was the culmination of a career of refining the mechanics and mindset associated with his throwing motion. “That display Saturday was as good as I’ve seen anywhere,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said on Monday. “Every one of those deep balls that he threw, I don’t think anybody broke stride." (Inside Carolina)

Who's the ACC's second-best football team?

Florida State had a tough loss. North Carolina had an emphatic win. Week 10 offered some serious contrasts between Clemson’s understudies in the ACC, but who’s the real No. 2? ACC reporter Jared Shanker has the Tar Heels second on his ballot, while David Hale think Florida State should hold on to the No. 2 spot. (ESPN.com)

Bubba Cunningham: Come out to the last home football game

Tar Heel Nation: Thank you for the tremendous enthusiasm and support you provided during the game against Duke. Your passion was felt on every play, helping the Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils in record fashion. Thanks for making this one of our most memorable games in Kenan Stadium. Now, we’re asking you to bring an even greater level of energy on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Miami. (Daily Tar Heel)

Big wins won't derail North Carolina's focus

There’s a danger in having wins come too easily -- and few come any easier than North Carolina’s throttling of Duke. UNC has won eight straight, has a quarterback playing as well as any in the nation, and a defense significantly improved over a year ago. But even in the aftermath of a 66-31 shellacking of a hated rival, North Carolina sees room to improve. (ESPN.com)

Marquise Williams stays dialed in on upswing

Now, at 8-1 and in firm control of their destiny in the ACC’s Coastal Division, the Tar Heels don’t have much to stress about. A couple more victories will lock North Carolina into its first appearance in the ACC championship game. A title game that, in a nice piece of pageantry, comes at Bank of America Stadium — where Marquise Williams started this season on such a low note. (Burlington Times News)

Marquise Williams thriving after early-season benching

At the time, the decision prompted scrutiny and questions and it ignited the specter of a quarterback controversy at UNC. And now, about a month and a half later, coach Larry Fedora looks like something of a genius for pulling quarterback Marquise Williams amid a mediocre performance in what turned out to be a 41-14 runaway victory on Sept. 26 against Delaware. (Asheville Courier-Tribune)

No. 17 Tar Heels heeding course ahead of Miami matchup

UNC coach Larry Fedora says he’s sure Miami “plans on coming in here and knocking us off,” and ruining their perfect ACC record. Nevermind the Tar Heels are coming off their best-ever game against an ACC opponent or boast a No. 17 national ranking. Despite the loss of head coach Al Golden, the Hurricanes are 6-3, 3-2 ACC with two straight wins against Duke and Virginia. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Shaun Draughn makes nice contributions for 49ers in surprise start

Shaun Draughn was told nonchalantly during pregame warmups that he was starting for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Draughn, who is now on his 8th NFL team, led the 49ers offense with 16 carries for 58 yards, and four receptions for 38 yards. His ease at adjusting to the offense earned praise from his team mates and coaches. (Niners Nation)

49ers RB Shaun Draughn makes most of surprise start

Running back Shaun Draughn said he learned during Sunday's pregame warm-ups that the 49ers would give him his first start of what's been a nomadic career, and he responded with 96 all-purpose yards in a 17-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons. (San Jose Mercury News)

Double delight: Brandon Allen and Marquise Williams

And on the other end of the stylistic spectrum from Allen is North Carolina's Marquise Williams. For those of you that stopped paying attention to North Carolina after they lost that miserable game to South Carolina in the season opener -- which is understandable -- Williams has been playing well for a while now. But the Heels' 66-31 evisceration of Duke was far and away his best game of the year. (Every Day Should Be Saturday)

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

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2, TBD

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

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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