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Fedora, Chizik talk Duke Rivalry and Preparation

Stakes are high as Carolina and Duke are jockeying for position atop the ACC Coastal Division. Larry Fedora and Gene Chizik spoke to the media in preparation for the rivalry game on Saturday. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Familiar with Sirk’s Skillset

Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is one of five quarterbacks among Power 5 schools leading his team in both passing and rushing yards. North Carolina’s defense has some familiarity with a former member of that unique quarterback club. UNC’s Marquise Williams was one of seven quarterbacks in 2014 to lead his team in both rushing and passing yards. (Inside Carolina)

Dream matchup: A look at UNC's Marquise Williams against Duke's Jeremy Cash

The Duke-North Carolina football game on Saturday is a big one for all the reasons everyone already knows about: It will play a pivotal role in deciding the Coastal Division, and it could be a big step for North Carolina or a massive rebound for Duke. But the game will also be a battle between two of the best, and most versatile, players in the ACC: Duke defensive back Jeremy Cash and North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams. (Greensboro News & Record)

Duke football turns focus to UNC after Miami debacle

The Blue Devils (6-2, 3-1 ACC) enter Saturday one game behind the No. 21 Tar Heels (7-1, 4-0) in the ACC Coastal Division standings thanks to a 30-27 loss against the Hurricanes. The game's finish generated national attention and much debate after Miami scored with no time left on a kickoff return that featured eight laterals. (Fayetteville Observer)

Big games loom as Tar Heels enter crucial stretch

Two goals were set for UNC football before the season: Win the state of North Carolina and win the ACC Coastal Division. At 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the ACC, a win over Duke on Saturday will bring them closer to both. Running back Elijah Hood spoke in Monday's press conference about the importance of the Duke game and how the he is approaching it. (Carolina Blue)

UNC not in playoff rankings, player reactions

On Tuesday evening the first college football rankings were released. North Carolina, who stand at 7-1 and undefeated in the ACC, were not ranked in the top 25. The Tar Heels are No. 21 in both the AP and Coaches Poll. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Left Out of CFP Top 25, But Should It Have Been?

When you start comparing resumes of teams in the poll versus what UNC has done so far this season, the Tar Heels' body of work is similar to other teams, most notably #15 Oklahoma. The opening loss to South Carolina hangs like an albatross around UNC's neck. There are still four media members who did not rank UNC in the top 25, even after their road win at then-ranked Pitt. (Tar Heel Blog)

Duke and UNC: Rivals who agree to disagree

Duke deeply believes it has defeated North Carolina 38 times against 59 defeats. The folks at UNC say no it’s 60-37. The schools do agree there have been four ties, so there is that. The disagreement centers over the disputed matchup of 1889. Each school lists a home forfeit, 1-0. So was that game supposed to be up on “The Hill” or over at Methodist Flats?” Again, they agree to disagree. (WRAL Sports Fan)

ICTV: UNC Preparing Running Game for Duke

North Carolina will face a stout defensive front on Saturday. Duke's rushing defense is ranked No. 2 in the ACC in yards per attempt (3.0), and No. 29 nationally in yards per game (128.9). Last season, with Elijah Hood sidelined, UNC ran over, around and through the Duke defense in the blowout win, totaling 316 rushing yards, led by 116 from T.J. Logan. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's offense among nation’s best

The Tar Heels are running fewer plays than every offense ranked in the top 25, with 504 compared to 538 for Toledo — their closest competitor. That means their average of 7.46 yards per play is higher than all but two teams — Baylor and Texas Christian, which are the top two teams in terms of yards per game — making UNC one of the most explosive offenses in the nation. (Daily Tar Heel)

Records Falling Around UNC WR Quinshad Davis

Records have never been a focal point for UNC wide receiver Quinshad Davis. He entered his senior season needing just one touchdown reception to break the mark set by Nicks (21), yet seemed uncomfortable throughout the preseason when asked about record. “I just want to get it out of the way so everybody would stop talking about it,” Davis said in August. (Inside Carolina)

Fedora Live: PK Nick Weiler Increasingly Consistent

In a season that has been full of redemption for the Tar Heels, no player embodies the team’s improvement like senior kicker Nick Weiler. “Nick has come through for us in so many ways,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said during his radio show on Tuesday. Weiler made a career-high four field goals on four attempts in UNC’s 26-19 victory over Pittsburgh last Thursday. (Inside Carolina)

Duke taking tunnel-vision approach to UNC

Duke coach David Cutcliffe views this No. 21 Tar Heel team as the best he’s ever seen. “They have such weapons in the kicking game, on defense and offense,” he said. “(The) offense has playmakers everywhere, including the offensive line. Defensively, they’re extremely good in the back end, at linebacker and up front they’ve got a lot of people that are being very effective.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

Duke moves on from Miami loss, focuses on No. 21 UNC

Duke has good reason to move past the Miami Miracle. That game-ending play could wind up being completely meaningless in the ACC standings. For the Blue Devils (6-2, 3-1), the path to first place in the Coastal Division is exactly the same as it was a week ago. To get there, they must win their next two games, starting Saturday against their top rival — No. 21 North Carolina (7-1, 4-0). (Associated Press)

Elijah Hood: "We don't like those guys"

UNC running back Elijah Hood knows the game against Duke is important. "I am excited for this game," he told the media on Monday. "I am totally locked in. It's the biggest game of the year. I can't wait to play. They are our true rivals. We got to beat those guys every year, we don't like those guys. They don't like us. We are always the better shade of blue." (Carolina Blue)

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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