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Weekly Carolina Coaching Grades

Larry Fedora, North Carolina, A: After the explosive 45-34 win at NC State to close regular season, the Heels (11-1, 8-0) will go back to Charlotte for an outside shot at the college football playoff if they can upset No. 1 Clemson (12-0, 8-0) in the league title game on Saturday. And guess what? Fedora’s team is plenty good enough to win the game. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Elijah Hood Named ACC Offensive Back of the Week

Elijah Hood recorded his first career 200-yard rushing yard game and his seventh 100-yard game of the season in North Carolina's 45-34 win at NC State. Hood rushed for 220 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns. The 220 yards are the most ever by a Tar Heel versus NC State and ranks as the 14th highest single-game total in school history. (The ACC)

North Carolina-Clemson gives ACC the championship spotlight

Both Clemson and North Carolina are on double-digit winning streaks. The Tigers have tied a school record with 15 straight wins, dating to last season. The Tar Heels have won a school-record 11 in a row. This is the first time the ACC championship game has featured two teams with perfect league records. This also is the most combined wins by championship-game participants (23). (ESPN.com)

Will UNC, Iowa get chance vs. college football's blue bloods?

The numbers say UNC is lethal on offense, ranking second only to Baylor in yards per play (7.46), and decent on defense (40th). But the power ratings, which take into account strength of opponents, don't like the Tar Heels any more than they do Iowa. There's also another factor possibly at play here -- we simply don't trust teams outside the traditional football hierarchy. (FOX Sports)

Turnovers, and UNC’s revamped defense vs. Deshaun Watson, key factors in ACC title matchup

North Carolina was the unwitting victim of Deshaun Watson’s breakthrough moment as a college quarterback. While the Tar Heels will now be the adversary for the biggest game of Watson’s Clemson career to date, they are not just a formality in the ACC Championship Game. This is a prime chance for revenge. (Charleston Post and Courier)

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FiveThirtyEight: Updated College Football Playoff Predictions (Week 13)

Oklahoma looked impressive. Clemson and Alabama held their ground at the top. Iowa and Michigan State are now on a collision course. Stanford and North Carolina remain in the hunt, but don’t control their own fate. Ohio State lurks in the background. So ends the final weekend of regular-season college football. Now the conference championships will decide which four teams make the playoff. (FiveThirtyEight)

ACC Week 13 Power Rankings: Clemson-UNC headed for showdown

Not much movement at the top in the latest ACC power rankings: 2. North Carolina Tar Heels (11-1, 8-0). After a meltdown in the opener against South Carolina, the Tar Heels have now won a school-record 11 straight and finished a perfect 8-0 in ACC play for the first time. No. 1 Clemson awaits in the ACC championship game. (ESPN.com)

Jury no longer out on Tar Heels

The questions kept coming after every victory North Carolina produced this season. Are the Tar Heels really a good team? Will they slip up somewhere and show they've only been lucky? Who have they beaten? The questions were legit, especially considering UNC's lackluster football history and its performance in losing the season opener 17-13 against a subpar South Carolina team in Charlotte back in September. (Fayetteville Observer)

Carolina's path to the playoff

The path to the Orange Bowl for UNC doesn't appear as complicated as it may have a couple of weeks ago. Beat Clemson, hope Southern Cal can upend Stanford, and root for Alabama and Michigan State to win their conference championship games. Then hope the committee doesn't do something blatantly moronic and pick Ohio State because they've finally started to play their best football. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Clemson can’t afford to drop the ball against UNC

Clemson is one win away from locking up a spot in the College Football Playoff, but the Tigers can’t afford to drop the ball, in the literal sense, in the ACC championship game against North Carolina. Clemson turned the ball over 10 times in the final three games of the regular season, including three fumbles at South Carolina on Saturday. (The State)

Extra Points: Never Land

Seventy-two football players and several dozen assistant coaches, managers, support staff and personnel clustered around Larry Fedora in the Tar Heel locker room under the northwest stands at Carter-Finley Stadium early Saturday evening. Fedora is becoming quite the expert at this, these impromptu speeches to his team after another historical victory in an historical season. (GoHeels.com)

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant is upbeat about his recovery

At a Grey Cup function in Winnipeg on Saturday, Durant offered positive news about his recovery from a ruptured left Achilles tendon — which he suffered June 27 in the CFL team’s regular-season opener — and also had some information regarding citizenship. “Within the next two years, everything should be finalized and I’ll be a Canadian,” said Durant, who hails from Florence, S.C. (Regina Leader-Post)

Clemson's Dabo Swinney says turnovers and defense will decide ACC Championship

Two of college football’s best – and hottest – offenses will be on display Saturday night in Charlotte, but Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said Sunday that this week’s ACC Championship Game will be decided by defense and turnovers. Top-ranked Clemson and North Carolina will battle for the ACC Championship in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium next Saturday with kickoff set for 8:14 p.m. on ABC. (TigerNet)

UNC coach Larry Fedora says win over Clemson should put team in playoff

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said the Tar Heels should make the College Football Playoff if they beat No. 1 Clemson in the ACC championship game. "Yes, I do feel that way," the Tar Heels' fourth-year coach said when asked if No. 14 North Carolina would merit a playoff bid should it be crowned ACC champion. (ESPN.com)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
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UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, 3:30 ET

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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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