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Georgia begins Kirby Smart era against rising Tar Heels

Longtime Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will take the sideline as a head coach for the first time when the No. 18 Bulldogs open the season Saturday against No. 22 North Carolina in Atlanta at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Smart downplayed his debut and wants his players to treat it as just another game. Good luck with that. (Associated Press)

UNC-Georgia Players to Watch

On Saturday, the North Carolina Tar Heels will match up against the Georgia Bulldogs on an essentially home field neutral field in Atlanta. This is arguably one of the toughest opponents UNC will face this year. This game will feature a lot of top tier talent, so we thought we would narrow it down and take a look at the players to watch for this game. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC will Win/Lose If...

UNC will win if Mitch Trubisky can extend drives with his feet. Trubisky was effective at getting outside of the pocket to convert on key downs in his relief duties the past two seasons. UNC will lose if Nick Chubb and Co. gain at least 200 rushing yards. Last year UNC allowed South Carolina to rush for 254 yards, Clemson 319, and Baylor steamrolled to 645 yards. (Carolina Blue)

Chansky’s Notebook: The Right Timing?

Are the Tar Heels underdogs or not? Let’s see, Carolina opens the season Saturday ranked No. 22 against No. 18 Georgia in the Georgia Dome. Check. The Tar Heels have not beaten a ranked SEC team in 21 years. Check. UNC is in the ACC and Georgia is in the SEC. Check. Check. Checkmate. Right? Then why has the pendulum swung toward an upset? (Chapelboro.com)

Previewing UNC football’s season opener against Georgia

UNC will win if they can score quickly and early and force UGA into playing catch-up. If they can’t stop Nick Chubb, they can at least try to take the ball out of his hands. Georgia will win if they maintain long, sustained drives using Nick Chubb as their catalyst. If they are forced to pass, or can’t maintain control of the ball, UNC has the ability to make this ugly. (Tar Heel Blog)

Bug Howard, UNC wide receivers prepared for Georgia

Heading into Saturday's game, UNC has few question marks concerning who will play--the main uncertainties are at right guard and punter. One position the Tar Heels will rely on for security and depth is wide receiver, led by the senior trio of Mack Hollins, Bug Howard and Ryan Switzer. The receiving corps will look different Saturday, at least for the first half. (Carolina Blue)

Georgia Bulldogs vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Preview and Prediction

The Georgia Bulldogs should be able to take advantage of North Carolina’s suspect run defense to limit some of the pressure on the quarterback. North Carolina has its share of success with Mitch Trubisky and Elijah Hood early on, but Georgia open the season with a huge non-conference victory. Prediction: Georgia 34, North Carolina 27 (Athlon Sports)

The Dooleys will be honored before Saturday’s Georgia-North Carolina game

Bill Dooley admired his big brother but liked nothing better than beating him – no matter what the game. He would go on to play at Mississippi State and was a coach there when Vince took the Georgia job in December 1963. The first person Vince wanted to hire was his brother who, despite his youth, was gaining a good reputation as an offensive line coach. It turned out to be a great career move for Bill Dooley. (Gridiron Now)

Recruiting Storylines: UNC vs. Georgia

Revisiting the North Carolina-Georgia recruiting stories that will play a role in Saturday's matchup. While this is the first meeting between Georgia and North Carolina on the football field in over 40 years, the programs regularly cross paths on the recruiting trail. That’s primarily because their two recruiting footprints overlap, particularly their home states. (Inside Carolina)

UNC WR Thomas Jackson's Journey: Walk-on to Scholarship

As UNC’s training camp entered its final weekend in mid-August, Larry Fedora called Thomas Jackson into his office for a chat. The junior wide receiver, who joined the team prior to the 2014 season, initially thought he had erred in some way. Instead, Fedora calmly told him he had been placed on scholarship. (Inside Carolina)

Overlooked? Workload? The National Stage? Elijah Hood talks

Coming off a 219-carry, 1,463-yard, 17-touchdown season, expectations are high for what Elijah Hood and the Tar Heel offense can do in 2016. Hood spoke with the media early in the week on a range of topics. "I feel like I have just started. I got more so we'll see how that goes. You get what you produce. So the more I produce the more people will talk about me." (247 Sports)

UNC and Georgia Enter Top 25 Showdown With Plenty to Prove

Facing expectations that are among the highest in program history, the No. 22 UNC football team heads to Atlanta on Saturday hoping to prove last year’s 11-win campaign was no fluke. Standing in the Tar Heels way, however, are the No. 18 Georgia Bulldogs—a perennial contender looking to remain on top under new head coach Kirby Smart. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC football has an opportunity for the ages

In the long football history at North Carolina, few seasons have been as anticipated as this one. The nationally ranked Heels are coming off an 11-win season for the fourth time in 128 years, and on Saturday evening they’ll take on Georgia in a game that will get the attention of all of college football. These are the good old days for UNC football. (Greensboro News & Record)

What’s happening outside the Georgia Dome before Saturday’s game

FanZone, located at Hall C of the Georgia World Congress Center, next door to the Georgia Dome, will be open from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. It will include interactive games, contests, give-aways and pep rallies. Highlights will include the “Team Walks” when the players arrive at approximately 3 p.m. Admission for FanZone is included in the cost of a game ticket. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Georgia’s defense must be ready for North Carolina’s offensive tempo

Most Georgia fans are focused on how Georgia’s offense is going to look on Saturday against North Carolina in the Georgia Dome. They also should be paying attention to how the Bulldogs’ defense stacks up against what is expected to again be one of the nation’s top offenses. (Gridiron Now)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 33
Sat, Nov 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ California
Sat, Sep 1, TBD

UNC @ East Carolina
Sat, Sep 8, TBD

Sat, Sep 15, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
North Carolina1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson8-112-2
(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Florida State3-57-6

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