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UNC football gets defensive before facing Pittsburgh

Speaking at his weekly press conference, Coach Larry Fedora addressed questions about UNC's defensive performance ahead of its ACC opener against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Fedora focused on UNC’s struggles against James Madison, which racked up 495 yards in UNC’s 56-28 win over the Dukes this past Saturday. (Daily Tar Heel)

Tar Heels face biggest weakness against first ACC foe

North Carolina faces Pittsburgh Saturday, opening ACC play against a Coastal Division opponent that runs on what is arguably the Tar Heels' biggest weakness -- a strong ground game. "We'll have our work cut out for us -- we know they're going to run the football," head coach Larry Fedora said. "We know what they're built on, we know what their philosophy is." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Larry Fedora Week 4 Press Conference Notes

Larry Fedora addressed the media on Monday before the Tar Heels take on Pittsburgh on Saturday, a big game against a division opponent. "They will probably be the best team we have played to this point. So we will have our work cut out for us," Fedora said at the press conference. "We know they are going to run the football. We know what their philosophy is." (Carolina Blue)

Connor Barth up for Soldier Field’s challenges

If you think kicking at Soldier Field is difficult, new Bears kicker Connor Barth suggests you give the practice fields behind Halas Hall a try. “Out here [at Halas Hall] sometimes might be tougher because you don’t have anything blocking the wind,” Barth said. (Chicago Sun-Times)

ESPN ACC Football Week 3 Power Rankings

Louisville is the new No. 1 in ESPN's ACC Power Rankings. As for the rest of the ACC...T4. North Carolina: Mitch Trubisky looked really, really sharp once again, overcoming a wild first quarter and running away from James Madison 56-28. Fellow Coastal contender Pitt awaits next week. (ESPN.com)

Tar Heels Starting Fresh in Repeat Bid for Coastal Division Title

Saturday’s ACC opener against Pittsburgh marks UNC's first opportunity to take the field as reigning Coastal Division champions and defend its 2015 title. The Tar Heels, however, are not looking to build on last season’s accolades. One season doesn’t make a program, and the year-to-year grind up the mountain of respectability starts again this weekend. (Inside Carolina)

UNC defense to enter week with a "laser focus"

Heading into UNC's Coastal Division game against Pittsburgh, the defense has to be locked in. "We just got to be on a laser focus," Des Lawrence told reporters on Saturday. "I talked to the guys and let them know that 'hey we got the W and we can be happy about that.' But we have to come ready to work and have our hard hats on for the rest of the week." (Carolina Blue)

Video: Larry Fedora Monday Pre-Pittsburgh Press Conference

North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora met with the media Monday for his weekly press conference at the Kenan Football Center to discuss more about the Tar Heels' victory over James Madison and to look ahead at this week's opponent, Pittsburgh. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

NC coaches earn a bunch of B grades this week

Larry Fedora, UNC, B: The Tar Heels’ run defense is hurting – one part injuries, one part inexperience – and James Madison could have been on the verge of something startling if the Dukes’ defense wasn’t in the same boat. UNC got the win, and 56-28 is an accurate reflection of how easily T.J. Logan, Elijah Hood, Mitch Trubisky and his pass catchers dominated. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Cayson Collins Named ACC Linebacker of the Week

North Carolina linebacker Cayson Collins finished with 10 tackles, including two for loss, in the Tar Heels' 56-28 win over visiting James Madison on Saturday. Collins’ defensive work helped the Tar Heels hold the Dukes scoreless on seven of their final eight drives of the game. (The ACC)

Chansky’s Notebook: ‘Preseason’ Over

UNC’s first three games were no more than a warm-up for the heart of the schedule over the next month. Pitt, at Florida State, Virginia Tech and at Miami are the next four opponents for Larry Fedora’s crew, beginning with the Panthers Saturday in Kenan Stadium at 3:30. One could make the case that those teams are better than anyone Carolina has played so far. (Chapelboro.com)

Five With Fedora: JMU Game

You had a lot of family and friends in town this weekend, including your mother. What does that support mean to you? Larry Fedora: “It’s always great to have them here. Knowing they’re all in my office after the game is a good feeling. I don’t get to see them all that often and I really only get to see my Mother once a year so it’s important to me." (GoHeels.com)

Dominique Ross' sack sparks UNC defense against JMU

The play came on third-and-six for James Madison on the UNC 14-yard line. The Dukes trailed 28-21 and were driving in the red zone. This was a big play. James Madison quarterback Bryan Schor dropped back and rolled to his left, then to his right, evading the reach of defensive end Mikey Bart. Out of nowhere, Ross sprinted forward in pursuit of Schor. (Daily Tar Heel)

Referees call penalty on Eric Ebron for faking Da'Norris Searcy out of his shoes

The Detroit Lions were in perfect position to score a touchdown after a pass interference penalty gave them first-and-goal on the 1-yard line against the Tennessee Titans. Then everything went wrong. Tight end Eric Ebron shook safety Da’Norris Searcy so badly in the end zone that the refs thought he pushed off and threw a flag, nullifying a Lions touchdown. (SB Nation)

Extra Points: Half Full, Half Empty?

Now on the cusp of ACC play, the Tar Heel offense is ranked 20th in the country in scoring offense at 42.7 points a game and 70th in scoring defense at 28. The defense has played well in stretches in three games; it’s flitted about in ineptness during chunks of all three as well. “I have lot of conflict on who we are right now,” Gene Chizik said. (GoHeels.com)

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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 ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU

UNC vs. UCF
Sat, Sep 15, 12:00 ET

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
Pittsburgh3-55-7
Virginia3-56-7
Duke3-57-6
North Carolina1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson8-112-2
(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Louisville4-48-5
Florida State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8


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