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ICTV: UNC's Strong, United Start

Improved team chemistry and a revamped defense are two key factors directly influencing North Carolina's strong start to the 2015 season. In addition to the 5-1 record, UNC is undefeated in conference play. A win against Virginia this Saturday would advance that conference record to 3-0, a mark accomplished only twice in the last 33 Tar Heel Football seasons. (Inside Carolina)

Art’s Angle: What Good Programs Do

The North Carolina football team did not pummel Wake Forest Saturday night. The North Carolina program did, with players of all ages, shapes and sizes getting into the game. And that is an important distinction in Larry Fedora’s quest to bring championships back to Chapel Hill in the oblong sport. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC football looks to maintain hot start, intensity against Virginia

The North Carolina football team sits at 5-1 entering Saturday’s contest against Virginia. It marks the first time since 2011 that UNC has opened the season at 5-1, as well as the best start for Coach Larry Fedora during his four-year tenure. And having grown accustomed to such poor starts over the past two seasons, he confessed there’s a sense of relief surrounding him and his team. (Daily Tar Heel)

ACC stands by controversial call that negated Ryan Switzer punt return

Ultimately the play didn’t affect the outcome of UNC’s 50-14 win against Wake Forest Saturday but the question has persisted: Why was Ryan Switzer’s 70-yard punt return called back in the third quarter? The ACC stood by the call Monday, saying the decision to blow the play dead came because Switzer gave an “invalid signal” before his return – not because the official thought Switzer had given a fair catch signal. (Charlotte Observer)

ACC Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Biggest Surprise: Coastal Trio of North Carolina, Duke and Pittsburgh - Take a look at the Coastal standings after Week 7. The usual contenders – Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech – are at the bottom, while Pittsburgh, Duke and North Carolina have combined for a 10-0 start in conference play. The Coastal Division could have a first-time representative in the ACC Championship. (Athlon Sports)

Virginia's T.J. Thorpe prepares for 'weird' game against UNC

Virginia winning at North Carolina on Saturday would be the largest upset of this ACC football season. The Cavaliers have dropped five straight to the Tar Heels, haven't won a road game since 2012 and are 16.5-point underdogs against the conference's most dynamic offense and improved defense. But this would have been a bigger upset: Virginia not bringing receiver T.J. Thorpe to Monday's weekly media session. (The Daily Press)

5-1 Tar Heels focused on sustaining winning habits

North Carolina’s 5-1 record means the Tar Heels are one win from bowl eligibility before Halloween. It is the first 5-1 start for the program since 2011. The mark is also the best start under Larry Fedora and the fourth-year UNC program leader admits it feels good. “It feels a whole lot better,” Fedora said. “It’s a confidence booster. It makes them feel better about everything that we’re doing .” (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC RB Elijah Hood Taking Tackles Personally

During UNC’s lopsided victory over N.C. A&T on Sept. 12, running back Elijah Hood was dropped for a short gain by a single Aggies defender. Not long after, Marquise Williams pulled Hood aside on the Tar Heel sideline and chewed on him a bit, as the fifth-year senior quarterback likes to say. “One man should not ever bring you down. I never saw it in high school, so I shouldn’t see it now.” (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC Football Weekly Press Conference Recap - Virginia

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora, Marquise Williams, Dajaun Drennon, and Elijah Hood discuss the Tar Heels being 5-1, success on 3rd downs, and preparing for Virginia. View Video...

When Hollins caught fire, the rout was on

A former walk-on who still does the dirty work on special teams as a junior, there is a blue-collar feel to Mack Hollins' game, and he certainly doesn’t project any sense of entitlement. He got his chances in a 50–14 blowout Saturday night of Wake Forest with a career-high three touchdown receptions for 103 yards. "Every time I go on the field, I’m earning my scholarship." (Raleigh & Company)

Junior Gnonkonde Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Junior Gnonkonde's big night versus Wake Forest has earned him a little love from the ACC. Gnonkonde recorded two sacks, both coming in a span of three plays in the third quarter of North Carolina’s 50-14 win over Wake Forest. He finished with nine tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss as UNC shut out Wake Forest in the second half (Tar Heel Blog)

Weekly coaching grades list short but sweet

Larry Fedora, UNC, A: It bears repeating that the Tar Heels have as many explosive offensive players as Clemson, Florida State or anyone else in the ACC. Throw in the fact that the schedule wasn’t taxing from the start and now looks even more manageable and a 9- or 10-win finish is likely. Previous grades: Thee As, one B, one C. (WRAL Sports Fan)

ACC Midseason All-Conference Picks

Three Tar Heels made ESPN.com's midseason All-ACC team - running back Elijah Hood, offensive guard Landon Turner, and offensive tackle Jon Heck....OT: Jon Heck (North Carolina): The Tar Heels’ line has been exceptional, and while Heck has helped protect the QB well, UNC is also leading the ACC in yards before contact when rushing around the right edge. (ESPN.com)

Junior receiver Mack Hollins led UNC in receiving yards and touchdowns

Mack Hollins is too quick for luck.Two years removed from walk-on status, the North Carolina receiver — once dubbed “the Unlucky Kid” — has nestled into the role of playmaker for the nation’s 10th-ranked scoring offense.For Hollins, playing time is hardly a birthright. Despite earning a team-high eight receiving touchdowns in 2014, the junior entered Saturday’s game with just eight catches through five games, fighting for every snap. (Daily Tar Heel)

Five With Fedora: Part 5

After knocking off Georgia Tech in Atlanta, UNC faced Wake Forest, who had the 15th-ranked defense in the country. The Demon Deacon defense was not able to derail the Tar Heels’ momentum as they put on a fireworks show in a convincing 50-14 victory. After taking a week off with his team, we continue our “Five with Fedora” Q&A series with North Carolina Head Coach, Larry Fedora. (Sports Glutton)

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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