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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)

Miami must get by North Carolina to win ACC Coastal

The University of Miami football team staved off virtual elimination from the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal race with its 27-21 win against Virginia on Saturday. This week against No. 17 North Carolina — the word virtual can be removed from that sentence. With North Carolina unbeaten in conference play, a loss in Chapel Hill at 3:30 p.m. Saturday would put the Hurricanes three games behind the Tar Heels with two remaining. Or, in other words — eliminated. (Miami Herald)

Football Game Day Memories

As the days grow shorter and the evening air becomes cool and crisp, some sort of internal clock triggers a growing excitement inside many of us long time Chapel Hill natives; a reminder that football season is fast approaching. I remember going to my first UNC ball game like it was yesterday. I was perhaps ten or eleven when my grandfather, a journalism professor here at the college, first called to invite me to a home game. (Downtown Chapel Hill)

No. 17 Tar Heels getting plenty of production from wideouts

Marquise Williams is completely at ease running No. 17 North Carolina's offense. The reason isn't just his experience as a fifth-year senior, either. It's the fact that he has so many improved downfield targets to choose from while making his reads. "Makes it a whole lot easier, man," Williams said. "Just to do that and throw the ball to them guys. And it's no pressure on me.'" (Associated Press)

Des Lawrence: "This is a new team and a new era"

UNC cornerback Des Lawrence following UNC's win over Duke: "We are trying to show people that this is a new team and a new era that we are starting. We are just happy to play every Saturday. We just want people to know that. We are going to put our all out there and it's not going to be the old North Carolina, it's the new North Carolina. We are ready to ball." (Carolina Blue)

Marquise Williams Named To Great 8 Quarterback List

The Davey O'Brien Award has revealed the "Great 8" quarterback performances for week 10. The eight honorees include: Brandon Allen of Arkansas, Washington State's Luke Falk, DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame, Michigan's Jake Rudock, Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State, Baylor's Jarrett Stidham, Deshaun Watson of Clemson and UNC's Marquise Williams. (GoHeels.com)

Explosive Plays Elevating UNC's Offense

No. 17 North Carolina executed 15 explosive plays, the football equivalent of landing punishing haymakers, in Saturday’s 66-31 rout of Duke. UNC head coach Larry Fedora has broken offensive records at every stop he’s been since taking his first offensive coordinator job at Middle Tennessee in 1999. What his offense did against the Blue Devils was something he’s never seen before. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Carolina Football All-Access vs. Duke - 2015

The Tar Heels kept the Victory Bell in convincing fashion with a 66-31 win against the rival Duke Blue Devils. 66 is also the most points the Heels have ever scored against a team from the ACC. View Video...

UNC Coach Larry Fedora Learning on the Job

Most people who move to Chapel Hill to be a part of the University of North Carolina come to learn. That applies to students, athletes, and, according to UNC head coach Larry Fedora, coaches. "I hope I'm learning something every day," Fedora said. "Every day that I'm around these kids, I learn from them." Fedora spoke about his growth as a coach in his four seasons at UNC. (Inside Carolina)

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 Tickets

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD Tickets

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
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6

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