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Slowing Down The Nation's Best

Although UNC has displayed an explosive offense this season averaging 40.9 points per game, the defense will be key in slowing down the Baylor attack. “They are the number one offense in the country I think in just about every statistic. They are explosive. They’re pretty phenomenal in what they do,” said North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora. (GoHeels.com)

UNC, Baylor similarities not restricted to football field

"The kid's name was Branndon Stewart, and he was a heck of a player," North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora recalled. Fedora would go to a local coffee shop at 5:30 every morning during his trips to Stephenville, Texas to eavesdrop on farmers chattering about the high-school quarterback and his family. Fedora was a positions coach for Baylor at the time. (Orlando Sentinel)

Can a depleted Baylor keep up with UNC's explosive attack in the Russell Athletic Bowl?

If you keep watching for something, you might eventually see it. North Carolina was constantly viewed as a program to keep an eye on. This is the year the Heels break through! And if not, then next year! Or the year after that! In 2015, North Carolina has broken through. (SB Nation)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC-Baylor

No. 10 North Carolina enters Tuesday’s Russell Athletic Bowl against No. 17 Baylor with a school-record 12th win in reach, as well as a Top-10 national ranking in the final polls for the first time since 1997. Larry Fedora, an admitted stat geek, spends his downtime tracking trends. One trend is the mirrored trajectories of his head coaching stops, highlighted by double-digit wins in Year 4. (Inside Carolina)

Seeking Historic Win, UNC Set For Bowl Shootout With Baylor

In its attempt to become the first football team in UNC history to reach 12 wins in a single season, the No. 10 Tar Heels are in Orlando on Tuesday for the Russell Athletic Bowl, where they will look to defeat the No. 17 Baylor Bears—a team similar to UNC in more ways than one. The fireworks the 11-2 Tar Heels have unleashed this season on offense have the team ranked first nationally in yards per play (7.33). (Chapelboro.com)

UNC vs Baylor: Position by Position Matchups

Ross Martin of CarolinaBlue.com and Colt Barber of BearsTruth.com recently ranked each unit of UNC and Baylor to see how they match up. What initially looked to be an evenly-matched game on the surface keeps that same look after digging deeper Baylor and UNC will face off in the Russell Athletic Bowl Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 5:30 ET on ESPN. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Larry Fedora Pre-Russell Athletic Bowl Press Conference

UNC coach Larry Fedora speaks with reporters Monday about the upcoming match-up with Baylor before the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida. View Video...

Russell Athletic Bowl Preview and Prediction: North Carolina vs. Baylor

Gene Chizik revamped the defense and North Carolina should be ready for one last tilt in 2015. On the other side, you have to wonder about Baylor’s motivation in this game. The Bears have lost their last two games, with one coming to 5-7 Texas. North Carolina will win this game by a comfortable margin. Prediction: North Carolina 41, Baylor 24 (Athlon Sports)

Tar Heels can win with this checklist

North Carolina’s 40-24 loss to Rutgers in Detroit’s Quick Lane bowl last year should serve as extra incentive. The victory carrot is bigger for UNC, too. Marquise Williams will be gone, as will senior teammates Quinshad Davis, Landon Turner and Jeff Schoettmer among several others, but a win also could be enough to send the 2016 team off as the preseason favorite in the ACC Coastal. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC-Baylor bowl matchup a clash of successful Texans

UNC head coach Larry Fedora landed his first full-time position with a college program as a 29-year-old in 1991 at Baylor, where he worked for six seasons as an assistant. During that tenure, Fedora met the man who now directs the Bears, Art Briles, who at the time was developing a championship program at once-struggling Stephenville High School. (Fayetteville Observer)

North Carolina vs. Baylor: Russell Athletic Bowl preview

Both of these offenses can score 40 points without breaking a sweat. But entering bowl season, only North Carolina’s offense is healthy. Baylor loses a big chunk of its attack in Coleman and Linwood, and while Briles has proven his ability to plug and play, motivation could be a factor. (Sports Illustrated)

Julius Peppers, other Packers deny allegations in Al Jazeera report

Three Green Bay Packers players named in an Al Jazeera documentary on performance-enhancing drugs denied any connection with a man who claimed he had provided them and other well-known professional athletes with controversial PEDs and painkillers. Linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers flat out denied even knowing Charlie Sly. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Fayetteville Observer's Top 10 local sports stories of 2015

1. (tie) Dean Smith dies at 83: On the morning of Sunday, Feb. 8, North Carolina woke up to news that left many crushed. The previous night, after years of failing health, UNC's iconic former basketball coach, Dean Smith, died at 83. Michael Jordan, Mike Krzyzewski and President Barack Obama joined a chorus of Tar Heel voices praising Smith and his impact. (Fayetteville Observer)

One Last Goal: UNC O vs. Baylor D

The Tar Heels will play Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl Tuesday, December 29 in what could possibly turn into the highest-scoring bowl game of the year. Carolina has the fifth-most efficient offense in the nation, averaging slightly over 40 points per game. Their opponent averages 48 points per game on the season, and 56 points per game in the team’s wins. (GoHeels.com)

Baylor prediction: Offensive fireworks steal the show against UNC in Russell Athletic Bowl

When Baylor and North Carolina play in Orlando, both teams will not have much to play for but respect. Baylor had national championship potential heading into the season, but had injuries derail its season. The Bears cycled through four different quarterbacks throughout the season, including a converted wide receiver. (Dallas Morning News)

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