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Carolina Rundown: October 31

CBSSports.com ranks Marcus Paige the No. 3 player in college basketball. Brandan Wright had 14 points for the Mavericks. Mentioned earlier this week the reception Roy Williams got in Lawrence, and here's the video of both the fan reaction and his speech (note his tie). Women's basketball begins the season ranked 13th in the preseason AP poll. (GoHeels.com)

UNC football team's hopes rely on tempo

After Tuesday’s practice, reporters asked Marquise Williams about the tempo the North Carolina football team will likely get to taste in a road matchup with the University of Miami Hurricanes Saturday. “It’s the Miami Hurricanes,” Williams said. “They run like rabbits.” Most often than not, though, Williams uses tempo as a verb. (Daily Tar Heel)

Underdog Tar Heels Strive To Survive Hurricanes

The North Carolina football team, 4-4 on the season and 2-2 in ACC play, will take on the 5-3 Miami Hurricanes, also 2-2 in conference, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Sun Life Stadium. Both teams harbor realistic hopes of an ACC Coastal division crown, but neither can afford a loss this weekend. Miami is playing formidable football these days. (Chapelboro.com)

Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Miami

Numbers wise, this may be one of the more complete teams UNC has faced this season. The Hurricanes are ranked 8th in offensive yards per play at 6.97 per game. That is just behind Georgia Tech and probably means UNC's defense is in for a gashing. Much of that will come at the hands of running back Duke Johnson. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Huddle Report With Bryn Renner & Matt Merletti: UVa Recap, Miami Preview, Paper Class Scandal

Former Tar Heels Matt Merletti & Bryn Renner recap the narrow victory over Virginia, preview the matchup against Miami and discuss the UNC paper class scandal on the 8th installment of the UNC Huddle Report. (UNC Huddle Report)

Video: Nazair Jones Making Plays For UNC

Redshirt freshman Nazair Jones has fought through illness to become one of the most promising young defensive lineman for the Tar Heels. View Video...

Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - Miami

Seth Littrell and Vic Koenning break down what the UNC coaching staff expects to see from Miami when the Tar Heels square off against the Hurricanes on Saturday. View Video...

Miami/UNC Insider Q&A

Miami’s defense is designed to not give up the big play. Against passing teams, they will look to play various zone coverages and keep receivers in front of them and make tackles in space. Miami will look to force North Carolina to methodically work the ball down the field with long drives. This philosophy can fail if Miami’s secondary can’t make tackles in the open field or they have breakdowns in their coverages. (Carolina Blue)

Fourth Down For What

Based on the past eight weeks of play, a 30-40 yard field goal is anything but assured points for UNC. Not only does Carolina rarely make field goals, but they’re not likely to be in very many games where only three points does much good anyway. Everything has fallen into place for fascinating case study in fourth down tactics and Larry Fedora may have no choice but to embrace it. (Raleigh & Company)

Tar Heels Seek Third Straight Win

The Miami Hurricanes are riding a two-game winning streak coming into Saturday's game, and they've scored a combined 85 points in those games on the efforts of electric players like junior running back Duke Johnson. Larry Fedora knows stopping the run and managing players like Johnson and freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya are going to be key on Saturday. (GoHeels.com)

UNC defense faces stiff test in Miami, Johnson

Miami poses a much stiffer challenge than the Virginia offense did a week ago. Not only do the Hurricanes have better offensive statistics across the board but they also possess running back Duke Johnson, arguably the best tailback in the ACC. UNC coach Larry Fedora knows the Tar Heels can ill-afford to get off to a slow start and fall behind early in Miami. (Carolina Blue)

One Thing to Watch: Miami

Miami junior running back Duke Johnson is the latest in a long line of terrific tailbacks at The U. In the last 15 years alone, Miami has produced Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, Clinton Portis and Edgerrin James, yet Duke Johnson moved into the Top 10 on the schools all-time rushing yards list in just the first game of his junior season. UNC’s open-field tackling woes collide with Johnson on Saturday. (GoHeels.com)

UNC D Prepping for Hurricane O

UNC’s defense has shown signs of life in recent weeks. The Tar Heels will have to continue that improvement against an explosive Miami offense on Saturday. After a shaky first half against Virginia last Saturday, the UNC defense finally turned things around in the final two quarters. Head coach Larry Fedora stressed how important it was that his team be ready to play from the opening whistle. (Inside Carolina)

Cincinnati Bengals = UNC North

The Cincinnati Bengals are becoming a team where former UNC football players can play and thrive. The former AFC North champions started the season with three Tar Heels on the roster in running back Gio Bernard, wide receiver/returner Brandon Tate, and rookie center Russell Bodine. Now the Bengals haved added former UNC wide receiver Greg Little and after two games, it seems Little might have found a role in the jungle. (Carolina Blue)

St. Louis Rams Add Travis Bond to Practice Squad

The St. Louis Rams have added former UNC offensive lineman Travis Bond to their practice squad. Bond, who spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers last season, was in training camp with the Rams and performed well before struggling in the preseason finale against Miami. The 6-foot-6, 330-pounder has great size and the potential to be a legitimate mauler at guard. (Arch Authority)

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
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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