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No. 21 Tar Heels leading Coastal Division entering November

For once, North Carolina isn't trying to dig out of an early hole in the ACC standings. Instead, the No. 21 Tar Heels are back in the national rankings and stand alone atop their division. "I like this side better," UNC coach Larry Fedora quipped Monday. The only unbeaten team in the Coastal standings has its longest winning streak since the Mack Brown era heading into Saturday's home game with Duke. (Associated Press)

Larry Fedora Defends ACC Officiating

Amid controversy surrounding ACC football officiating, UNC head coach Larry Fedora reinforced his confidence in the league’s officials. “I think we have good officials in this league,” Fedora said during his weekly press conference on Monday. “I don’t care what league you’re in, and I’ve been in a bunch of them, you have mistakes that are made in officiating in every single game.” (Inside Carolina)

ACC Football Weekly Coaching Grades

Larry Fedora, UNC, A: The 26-19 Thursday win at Pitt puts the Tar Heels (7-1, 4-0 ACC) in the driver’s seat for the Coastal Division stretch run. Duke (6-2, 3-1) is a nine-point underdog for Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. game in Chapel Hill and if the Heels win it, the rest of the schedule looks slightly easier. An 11-1 finish still is within reach, however. Previous grades: Four As, two Bs, one C. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: UNC Football Weekly Press Conference Recap - Duke

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora, Marquise Williams, and Elijah Hood discuss the impact of a rivalry game, the loss of Brian Walker, and the Duke defense as the Tar Heels prepare to take on the Blue Devils. View Video...

CB Brian Walker Leaves UNC Program

Brian Walker has decided to leave the North Carolina football program, head coach Larry Fedora confirmed on Monday. Walker, a junior cornerback who has posted 12 tackles and five pass break ups in a reserve role this season, did not travel with the team for last Thursday's game against Pittsburgh. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Football Returns to Top 25

It took seven straight wins, but North Carolina has begun to receive the relevancy and respect it is seeking in 2015. "Nobody wants to give us respect," UNC's record-setting quarterback Marquise Williams said after the Tar Heels won at No. 23 Pittsburgh on Thursday night. "This was our opportunity to come in and get people's attention." (Inside Carolina)

UNC Returns to the Land of Ranked Football Teams

Before Duke lost to Miami, the two teams were headed for the first match-up of ranked teams in the rivalry since 1939. With Duke falling to Miami, UNC essentially grabbed the Blue Devils' spot in the poll. Pitt also dropped out. Per UNC, this is the latest the Tar Heels have been ranked in the poll since November 22, 2009 when the Tar Heels entered the Top 25 at #23 following a win at Boston College. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC football gaining national attention

UNC has four games left in the regular season: Duke at home, Miami at home, Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, and N.C. State in Raleigh. All the remaining games are winnable. UNC controls their destiny and has a clear path to the ACC championship if they win out. Check out what some national writers and UNC football alums have to say about the 2015 Tar Heels. (Carolina Blue)

UNC-Duke Game Set For Noon, ESPN2

Kickoff for North Carolina’s sold out homecoming game vs. Duke on Saturday, Nov. 7, has been set for noon and will be televised by ESPN2. Any returned tickets will be available for sale on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. Stay tuned to GoHeels.com for updates on ticket availability. (GoHeels.com)

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Pitt

The good news for UNC was that this was an impressive win on the road against a ranked team on a short week of preparation. This is the Heels' second road win in the division and Carolina will certainly be ranked this week when the polls come out on Sunday. Now next week UNC will welcome to sold-out Kenan Stadium for homecoming a Duke team reeling from their bizarre loss to Miami. (Tar Heel Blog)

Peppers producing for Packers

Green Bay plans to turn up the heat on Peyton Manning Sunday night. The Packers have 23 sacks through 6 games this year, the team’s most in 14 years, and it’s a 14-year veteran leading the way. Julius Peppers celebrated his 35th birthday on the day of the NFC Championship game last year, and for 58 minutes it looked like Peppers would be celebrating a trip to the Super Bowl. (WBAY)

Extra Points: Room With A View

The Tar Heels took one preparation cue for a five-day turnaround early last November by noticing that the underdog Cleveland Browns hammered Cincinnati on Thursday night, and talk through the NFL was how light the Browns had worked that week and how the Bengals went full bore. Offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic mined his friends on the Browns staff for the specifics. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Takes Sole Possession of First Place in the Coastal Thanks to This Ridiculous Play

Among the ACC Twitterati we often use the hashtag #goacc in a self-deprecating way to talk about all weird plays, total incompetence by the officials, and stuff that just has no other way to be described. This play to end the Miami-Duke football game Saturday night was probably the most #goacc play in the history of the hashtag. (Tar Heel Blog)

Ravens' James Hurst valuing week of preparation with starters after coming in cold Monday

Left tackle James Hurst doesn’t put his preparation on cruise control when he’s not slated to be a starter, but he’s shuffled from the bench to the starting lineup and back enough to know there’s a difference in preparing all week as a starter. Monday’s substitution into the Arizona Cardinals game in place of starter Eugene Monroe (shoulder) was the third time he’s entered mid-game during the last two seasons. (Baltimore Sun)

Bucs K Connor Barth adds kickoffs to his repertoire

Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Connor Barth has never been known as a kick-off specialist. The fact he recorded only 11 touchbacks on 170 kickoffs prior to re-joining the Bucs a few weeks ago is one of the reasons. Since returning to Tampa Bay, though, Barth has reshaped his identity, proving that in addition to being an accurate field goal kicker, he can also be deeply effective with his kickoffs. (Tampa Tribune)

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
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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