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UNC Football Drops Out Of Top 25 Following Season-Opening Loss

With the release of the new college football AP and USA Today Coaches Polls on Tuesday, North Carolina took another disappointing loss. The Tar Heels–who were previously ranked No. 22–were left out of both top 25 rankings this week coming off a heartbreaking collapse against Georgia, which moved up to No. 9 after beginning the year at No. 18. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Football Film Review: Georgia

The script to the start of 2016 season is similar to the one written in 2015. The Tar Heels traveled to a neutral-site to face an opponent from the SEC East. Like 2015, Carolina had more than their fair share of opportunities to win the contest, but just like in 2015, they found a way to lose. Let’s take a look at some of the positive and negative plays from Saturday. (Tar Heel Blog)

What we learned about the ACC in Week 1

What did we learn from week one about UNC? Penalties and poise cost the Tar Heels a chance at an historic victory over Georgia. The school has not defeated a ranked opponent on opening day since the Mack Brown era in 1993. In almost 50 years of watching UNC football, I can’t remember a better opportunity for a statement win in the season opener. (WRAL Sports Fan)

How does UNC’s remaining schedule look after week one?

James Madison is no joke. They beat Morehead State 80-7 in their first game of the season, rushing for 498 yards. If UNC’s run defense doesn’t improve, that game could wind up being trickier than expected. And then there is Virginia. In their first game, the Cavaliers lost to Richmond. Richmond is also no joke. They’re the second ranked FCS team, but still. (Tar Heel Blog)

Chansky’s Notebook: Illinois Game Becomes Really Important

The Big Ten also-ran hardly looked like that in throttling Murray State in its opener, 52-3. Yes, Murray State is in the Ohio Valley Conference and went 3-9 last season. But Illinois under former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith looked better than the team picked to finish seventh in the Big 10 West, and it will give the Illini confidence they can beat the Tar Heels. (Chapelboro.com)

Fedora Optimistic About Future Despite Loss to Georgia

After taking time to digest Saturday’s loss to Georgia in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, UNC head football coach Larry Fedora told the media on Monday that the Tar Heels are still in good shape—with all of their season-long goals still in reach. “Our goals are to win a state championship, win the Coastal Division, win the ACC Championship and to win our last game.” (Chapelboro.com)

Three things we learned from UNC’s loss to Georgia

UNC came up short again on the big stage in their season opener against Georgia, failing to beat a Power 5 conference team in their opener for the ninth straight time. The run defense couldn’t stop Nick Chubb, Mitch Trubisky couldn’t connect down the field with any of his relievers, and Elijah Hood was deprived of carries once again. (Tar Heel Blog)

Bills sign return specialist Brandon Tate

The Bills are still finalizing their 53-man roster with the season opener just five days away. On Tuesday morning they played host to free agent Brandon Tate and he was signed a short time later. Tate, 28, has made his living in the NFL as a kickoff and punt returner. The veteran return specialist and receiver played the last five seasons in Cincinnati. (Buffalo Bills)

UNC needs to hold onto the football in 2016

One of the more frustrating things about football is that one of its most consistent predictors of success happens to be determined by one of the most inconsistent statistics in the sport. That predictor is turnover margin, and that statistic is, naturally, turnovers. It's already been documented here at THB that UNC needs to win the turnover battle to win, which is true for a lot of teams. (Tar Heel Blog)

OL Caleb Peterson a Bright Spot in UNC's Run Game

During his weekly press conference on Monday, UNC coach Larry Fedora was asked for an assessment of the Tar Heels' offensive line in the loss to Georgia. Left guard Caleb Peterson was the first player he mentioned before also complimenting Lucas Crowley. The 300 pound guard showed run-blocking ability that will make him an NFL Draft pick in May. (Greensboro News & Record)

Fedora Discussess Run Defense Breakdowns at Monday Press Conference

The biggest question for UNC’s defense coming into 2016 was whether or not it could stop the run. After Saturday’s 33-24 loss to Georgia, the answer to that question currently remains a no. Georgia running back Nick Chubb rushed for 222 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in his first game back since a knee injury last October. (Inside Carolina)

Turner's Take: Correctables

UNC football's season will hinge more on this weekend's game at Illinois than what happened in Atlanta. Yes, the Illini are another non-conference matchup, and yes, Larry Fedora's goals could still be intact with a loss in Champaign, but it's how the Tar Heels respond after the disappointment of the opener that will resonate beyond the second Saturday in September. (GoHeels.com)

Lovie Smith eager to see how Illinois looks under the spotlight

Illinois coach Lovie Smith is accustomed to night games from his years in the NFL, but they aren't his preferred kickoff time. "I like 3:30 games," he said Monday. He also understands the value of a night game, such as Saturday's 7:30 kickoff against North Carolina. The Big Ten Network telecast is the marquee matchup of this week's nonconference slate. (Chicago Tribune)

Highs and Lows from UNC vs. Georgia

As a Tar Heel fan, Saturday’s game vs. Georgia was one filled with many highs and lows. Just as quickly as UNC got up 24-14 and fans were chanting “ACC, ACC, ACC,” did the game quickly turn back in Georgia’s favor and the red-filled Georgia Dome erupted in chants of “SEC, SEC, SEC.” (Tar Heel Blog)

Smith, Illini prepare for major challenge

With the TV showing the North Carolina-Georgia game just past his right shoulder on Saturday night, Illinois offensive lineman Nick Allegretti snuck a glance or two at the screen in the players’ lounge at Memorial Stadium. The Tar Heels are coming to Champaign this Saturday night, and the Illini are aware before their first night home game in almost three years. (Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette)

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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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