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More than bragging rights on the line

With a Tar Heel win, UNC becomes bowl eligible for the third straight season and avoids a disappointment of a season that started out 2-4. The Tar Heels would also avoid the first three-game losing streak to the Blue Devils in nearly 30 years. But with a No. 25 Duke victory, David Cutcliffe’s team would be one game closer to returning to the ACC Championship. (Carolina Blue)

Jonathan Cooper continues to improve, wait for his opportunity

A lot of people saw the 24 yards Arizona's running backs gained on 19 carries Sunday against the St. Louis Rams and were left wondering where Jonathan Cooper, the team's first-round pick in 2013, was. After the game, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the team struggled because "we got our asses whipped," adding they simply couldn't block people. (Arizona Sports)

Tar Heels used to drama, seek bowl

It’s been two years since UNC players have rung the Victory Bell signifying a win over Duke. UNC senior safety Tim Scott said UNC needs to get the bell back and restore it to a lighter shade of blue. “At the end of the year, you want to have the bell here on campus,” Scott said. “Being able to ring it after the game would be the best for my senior year.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

Carolina Rundown: November 20

The Raptors paid tribute to Vince Carter, and it brought him to tears. Ty Lawson had 15 points and 15 assists. Brandan Wright had 14 points and six rebounds. Wayne Ellington may be back with the Lakers tomorrow. Giovani Bernard is back at practice for the Bengals. The field hockey team has arrived in Maryland for tomorrow's Final Four matchup with Syracuse. (GoHeels.com)

Peppers completes package with Packers

In the last 20 yards of his second interception returned for a touchdown this season, Julius Peppers even threw a stiff arm. "I was too close (to the end zone) to be denied," he said, smiling. One of the most versatile defensive lineman in NFL history – he's the only player ever with at least 100 sacks and 10 interceptions – said he's finally found a system that uses his complete skillset. (Appleton Post-Crescent)

Countdown to Kickoff: Duke

North Carolina is playing for bowl eligibility. No. 25 Duke is playing to stay in contention for the ACC Coastal Division title. A rivalry best known for its basketball has serious implications in football on Thursday night (7:30pm/ESPN). “We want that bell back real bad, so we plan on getting it,” sophomore wide receiver Mack Hollins said. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels, Blue Devils Battle For The Bell

The North Carolina football team, 5-5 on the season, meets 8-2 rival Duke Thursday night in front of a nationally-televised audience at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Battle for the Bell kicks off at 7:30 p.m. With the short week, UNC head coach Larry Fedora says the Tar Heels have had to adjust everything about their preparation. (Chapelboro.com)

Six storylines: UNC vs. Duke

UNC will get an extra boost with the return of running back Romar Morris after serving a one-game suspension last week, but it will also be without Khris Francis and likely without Elijah Hood due to injuries. While the Duke defense is going to be a tough test for UNC Thursday, if there is a weakness on that side of the ball for the Blue Devils it would seem to be in stopping the run. (Carolina Blue)

Hey, This UNC-Duke Game is Pretty Important

On Thursday night UNC will travel down 15-501 to face Duke in a nationally televised game with ACC title game implications. Oh, did I mention this was in football? Just an indication of how the landscape for college football has changed both in the ACC and in North Carolina, UNC vs Duke is now a high stakes affair with plenty of consequences for both. (Tar Heel Blog)

Choo-Choo Justice was always his best against Duke

Prior to my arrival here 11 years ago, I had already heard the name Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice, arguably the best football player to come out of Asheville. It was the fall of 1968 when I was 14 and watching a grade-school football game in which my father was the coach and my brother his left halfback. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Video: John Swofford on Duke-UNC rivalry game

ACC Commissioner John Swofford weighed in on Thursday's Duke-UNC rivalry game while appearing at the Durham Sports Club. (ABC 11)

Wednesday Larry Fedora Quotes

Larry Fedora: "I'm not happy with our placekicking at all. Nowhere even close to it. But it is what it is. And I keep encouraging. We keep working, just like we do any position, and expect them to perform when they go back out on the field. You never know when that's going to happen. And again, that play could be the play that determines the outcome of the game.” (Inside Carolina)

Marquise Williams has North Carolina offense rolling

Wth two weeks left to play, there might not be a quarterback in the ACC playing any better than Marquise Williams, and the perspective on a season that’s been a roller-coaster ride in Chapel Hill has shifted significantly thanks to Williams’ emergence. “My thing is not trying to prove people wrong but just doing what I need to to win football games,” Williams said. “The numbers speak for themselves.” (ESPN.com)

UNC, NFL star Jason Brown, who gave away his crop, delivers his own child

Jason Brown, the former NFL star who retired from football so he could grow crops to feed the hungry, delivered his own child Tuesday at his Louisburg home. Brown and his wife Tay, a dentist, had planned to have help come for the home birth, but the mother went through labor so quickly that Lunsford Bernard Brown III, arrived before the reinforcements could arrive. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Running Game Key Against Devils

When UNC and Duke played a memorable 41-40 game at Wallace Wade Stadium in 1994, the offenses primarily kept the game close through the air. Twenty years later, the teams again look headed for a close battle—the two teams are third and fourth in the ACC in scoring offense—but this time the winning team is likely to be the one that runs the ball more successfully. (GoHeels.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, 5:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN Tickets

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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