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Jeff Schoettmer Released from Saints' Injured Reserve

Jeff Schoettmer was released from the New Orleans Saints' injured reserve list Monday, Joel A. Erickson of the New Orleans Advocate reports. Schoettmer was among the players in the first round of the Saints' final cuts leading up to the start of the regular season and was subsequently stashed on injured reserve. His release allows him to sign elsewhere. (CBS Sports)

Turner's Take: What They Need To Do

Pitt is gaining nearly five yards per rushing attempt. That's worrisome, because Tar Heel opponents are doing the same. So, it'd go a long way toward winning if the Tar Heels were able to stop the run. Well, nobody stops the run, per se, but slowing down James Conner and company, and putting the ball back in the UNC offense's hands will give the home team an opportunity to win. (GoHeels.com)

The UNC defense missed Nazair Jones

Without Nazair Jones along North Carolina's defensive line the Dukes were able to move the ball effecively throughout the first quarter. The fans took notice, so did his teammates. "I came up to him after the game and told him we missed him being out there," junior linebacker Cayson Collins told reporters on Saturday evening. (Carolina Blue)

Pitt win Saturday against North Carolina could open path to ACC Coastal Division title

Since the first snap in spring, Pitt’s football team and coaches have stated a desire to win the ACC, to be one of two teams left standing for the conference title game Dec. 3. Reaching that goal will be a decidedly uphill if things do not go well Saturday, when the Panthers open conference play at North Carolina, the defending Coastal Division champion. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Pitt Football opens ACC play at North Carolina

This is the 11th meeting between Pitt and North Carolina in a series that dates back to 1974…seven of the 10 games have been decided by single digits, including each of the last five contests...the Tar Heels lead the overall series, 7-3, and have won all three ACC encounters: 26-19 in Pittsburgh last season, 40-35 in Chapel Hill in 2014 and 34-27 in Pittsburgh in 2013. (Pittsburgh Panthers)

Mitch Trubisky focused on improving, not records

The deep passes contributed to Mitch Trubisky's career-high 432 passing yards against James Madison. Along with setting a personal record, Trubisky broke the UNC record for consecutive passes without an interception with 156. "I wish you guys would stop talking about that," the junior joked. "You don't talk about a no-hitter when someone's got a no-hitter going." (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels will try to start strong by stopping the run

It was no surprise on Monday when Larry Fedora revealed the ambitious number he has in mind for his run defense to have a successful day against the Pittsburgh offense on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. “We know if we don’t stop the run, then it’s going to be a long day. We’ve got to slow them down. We’d love to be around 75 percent less than what their average is." (Greensboro News & Record)

'He's always going to find you'

North Carolina had planned to run the flea-flicker on the previous scoring drive. The Dukes’ safeties were moving up to stop the run, so UNC had a plan to expose James Madison with the deep ball. But the Tar Heels had to change the play at the line of scrimmage. Why? Mack Hollins started yelling, “Touchdown, touchdown,” before the play even started. (Daily Tar Heel)

Film review: How UNC's offense has evolved under Larry Fedora

The running game has probably evolved the most in Larry Fedora’s tenure. The first thing we noticed is how the quarterback’s role has changed. This is partly due to personnel — Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky are better runners than Bryn Renner, Fedora’s quarterback in 2012. But UNC has also incorporated more read options into the playbook. (Daily Tar Heel)

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)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 33
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Upcoming Games:
UNC @ California
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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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