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UNC vs. NCSU: Fifth-year seniors want last word in rivalry

They've all experienced the highs and lows of a traditional rivalry. But on Saturday, a few fifth-year seniors are hoping to create a final, lasting memory in the 105th football game between North Carolina and N.C. State. On the Tar Heels' side, four players in their senior class of 15 have been around to see teams split their previous four showdowns. (Fayetteville Observer)

Recruiting Storylines: UNC vs NCSU

North Carolina and NC State will meet on the gridiron for the 105th time on Saturday. On the recruiting trail, the rivals have crossed paths countless times. Three days before Christmas last year, Mike Hughes shocked many by selecting UNC over Florida and NC State. Early into his recruitment, UNC cornerback Des Lawrence narrowed his focus to Clemson, Duke, UNC, and NC State. (Inside Carolina)

Most Improved: UNC's Defensive Line

The position once thought of as the weakness on the revamped Tar Heel defense has clearly improved under Coach Tray Scott. With North Carolina standing at 10-1 and undefeated in the ACC, Carolina's defense and it's front four can be credited with helping the Tar Heels grind out close games and make big plays at crucial moments. (Carolina Blue)

The North Carolina Tar Heels Can Still Make The College Football Playoff

Andrew Flowers at FiveThirtyEight gives the Tar Heels a 39 percent chance at making the College Football Playoff if Carolina wins out. He writes that teams like Carolina and Michigan, “need a messy highway pileup for them to swerve into the mix.” So. Let’s look at the games and find that pileup. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC season a surprise after first-game stumble against Gamecocks

I don't think anyone in Bank of America Stadium that evening would have believed the Tar Heels would be returning to Charlotte in December to play in the ACC championship game. The way UNC self-destructed on offense that day in falling 17-13 to what has become South Carolina's first losing team since 2003 had us expecting mediocrity again for the Tar Heels. (Fayetteville Observer)

No. 11 North Carolina closes regular season at NC State

UNC coach Larry Fedora starts team meetings by mentioning the goals of winning its ACC division and a mythical state title by beating all its instate opponents. The No. 11 Tar Heels have accomplished the first. Now they're going for the second Saturday against rival NC State with a shot of sweeping their instate ACC rivals for the first time in 11 years. (Associated Press)

Carolina uniform set for State game

On Thursday UNC assistant equipment manager Jason Freeman tweeted out what North Carolina will be wearing against the Wolfpack. The Tar Heels will go with a traditional color combination for Saturday's regular season finale against rival N.C. State. Blue helmet, white jersey, and blue pants. (Carolina Blue)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. N.C. State

Standing in No. 11 North Carolina’s way from a school-record 11-game winning streak is N.C. State, which would like nothing more than to remove its rival from the College Football Playoff discussion in the regular season finale. The hatred is real, and it runs deep. Rarely does emotion trump talent, although that’s not been the case in the UNC-N.C. State rivalry on the gridiron. (Inside Carolina)

Rivalry Week Q&A with Backing the Pack

It's not Thanksgiving week until the crazy relatives show up at the house for dinner, and in that vein we're doing a Q&A with our friend Will Thompson from the NC State blog Backing the Pack. If I'm Larry Fedora, what do I have to do to stop the Wolfpack? "The biggest thing is to keep State's offense off the field and to score a lot early." (Tar Heel Blog)

State-Carolina rivalry shakes Djibouti

When Richard Vinroot arrived last September at Camp Lemonnier, a U.S. military installation in Djbouti, on the east coast of Africa, he quickly found out that being a UNC alum was a powerful connection in that part of the world. “People said the executive officer, Commander Williams, will really like you when he finds out you’re a Carolina grad,” said Vinroot, the son of the former Charlotte mayor of the same name. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC-N.C. State: What time is it?

Every day, at exactly 6:25 P.M., Chris Hathcock sends out a tweet. Chris is a graduate student, studying aerospace engineering. But he takes a few seconds away from gas dynamics and CAD modeling to send out a tweet – every single day. “The official time is 35 to 7,” Hathcock tweets. (Carolina Blue)

UNC vs N.C. State: Six Storylines

Can the stout Wolfpack defense contain the Tar Heel offense? When the Wolfpack beat the Tar Heels last season, they were able to do something that no ACC team has been able to do since; they neutralized the explosive UNC offense. Fast forward a year and the Tar Heels have the highest scoring offense in the ACC, averaging 40.9 points per game. (Carolina Blue)

After past three years of UNC-State, how can the fourth measure up?

From Gio Bernard’s punt return to the “Our State” fiasco to N.C. State’s on-field taking and off-field talking last season in Chapel Hill, it has been three pretty good years of controversy, drama and bitterness. Which is what makes a rivalry a rivalry. And this one seems to keep getting better. “I just don’t like their football program,” UNC linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said. (Charlotte Observer)

Injury reports for Saturday’s games involving UNC, State, Duke, Wake Forest and ECU

The following are injury reports for Saturday’s games: North Carolina at N.C. State, Duke at Wake Forest and Cincinnati at East Carolina. UNC - Questionable: P Corbin Daly, RB Ty’Son Williams; Out for the season: S Cameron Albright, DT Aaron Crawford, LB Joe Jackson, TE Caleb Samuel, WR Taylor Vippolis; NC State (unofficial) - Out for season: RB Matt Dayes. (Wilmington Star News)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-NC State

Statistically this is a fairly even match-up. UNC has an edge with a more explosive offense. Both teams have respectable scoring defenses with NC State's run defense holding teams under four yards per play on the ground. Of course the stats might not matter given this is a rivalry game, and contests between these two teams often defy analysis. (Tar Heel Blog)

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North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-49-4

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Boston College2-67-6

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