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Video: UNC Football Pre-Illinois Motivational

Before the North Carolina football team takes on Illinois at 7:30 on the Big Ten Network (channel finder), get pumped by watching the same video shown to the Tar Heels prior to taking the field in Champaign. Read More...

Position Comparisons: UNC Offense vs. Illinois Defense

Illinois' front seven, particularly the defensive line, is loaded with athletic upperclassmen who are adept at stopping the run. UNC's opportunities will likely come against an older yet inexperienced secondary that favors man coverage. With a mindset to force turnovers, the Illini defense may render itself vulnerable against a UNC receiving corps that will look to give Mitch Trubisky open targets. (Carolina Blue)

Three key stats for UNC vs. Illinois

Last week, penalties and lack of short yard rushes (three passes from the five yard line!?) were vital in handing Georgia a victory. Heading into Saturday’s game, sacks/TFL and turnovers will require increased scrutiny. The third statistic to watch, time of possession, may unfortunately become a regular factor in games against tougher competition. (Tar Heel Blog)

From Australia to UNC: Tom Sheldon’s long journey to become a college football punter

At UNC, at least, Tom Sheldon is unique. There isn’t another 27-year-old Australian freshman punter roaming the campus. In college football, though, he is another in a long line of Australians who have come to the United States to become punters. Many of them began their journey where Sheldon started his: at Prokick Australia. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC Will Win/Lose If...

UNC will win if Elijah Hood gets at least 20 carries. Last week, Hood averaged a whopping 7.2 yards per carry against a stout SEC defense. The problem was, he only got ten carries. The Heels need to establish the run first this Saturday to open up the deep passing game they tried so hard to utilize in Atlanta. Feed the beast and good things will happen. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels covet better balance on offense

North Carolina could use better balance with its offense, coach Larry Fedora said. “We put too much on the quarterback (when forced to pass),” he said. The Tar Heels go into Saturday night's game at Illinois seeking to tune up the expected high-powered offense that stalled too often in last week’s season-opening loss to Georgia. (Burlington Times-News)

Tar Heels present first real test for Illinois

There’s no evidence Josh Whitman and Lovie Smith are gambling men, but they’re all-in on this weekend. North Carolina and Illinois kick off Saturday night (7:30 p.m. ET, BIG TEN Network) at Memorial Stadium and Illinois’ athletic director and football coach are putting their chips on this game as demonstrative of their program’s progress. (State Journal-Register)

Former UNC cornerback Kedrick Davis finds fit with hometown 49ers

Charlotte 49ers cornerback Kedrick Davis admits he has something to prove this season. A former high school standout at Charlotte’s Berry Academy and a transfer from UNC, Davis is getting his shot at meaningful playing time with the 49ers, who will host Elon Saturday. But with his final season of playing eligibility, Davis wants to make the most of it. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC wideouts need to bounce back against Illinois

The much vaunted wide receiving corps of Ryan Switzer, Mack Hollins, and Bug Howard didn’t live up to last year’s performances or this preseason’s hype. Their struggles at getting open, catching balls and lessening the pressure on Trubisky greatly disrupted the UNC offense. What was arguably such a reliable, game-breaking group last year quickly became pedestrian and inconsistent in Atlanta. (Tar Heel Blog)

Despite going 0-fer, UNC remains confident in deep passing game

Against Georgia last Saturday UNC was 0-8 on passes over 15 yards. How can UNC improve on the deep passing game? The Tar Heels proved they could be successful with that aspect of the offense last season. With new quarterback Mitch Trubisky at the helm and his rumored "more accurate" arm, UNC should have success with the deep ball. (Carolina Blue)

5 things to know before Illinois vs. UNC

If Illinois can run the ball well, they could have a good chance to win the game. North Carolina’s run defense was really bad last season and it picked up where it left off against Georgia. The Tar Heels ranked 121st in rushing defense last season, allowing more than 247 yards per game on the ground. (Big Ten Network)

The Impact of Lovie Smith

UNC beat Illinois 48-14 in Kenan Stadium last year but this Illinois team features mostly new starters, and former NFL coach Lovie Smith is now the head coach of the Fighting Illini. In the NFL, Smith was known as a defensive guru. There is little film on Smith coaching Illinois, prompting UNC coach Larry Fedora to look back into Smith's days as an NFL coach. (Carolina Blue)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Illinois

Once again North Carolina is tasked with overcoming a season-opening loss in a primetime setting and not allowing that defeat to morph into two notches in the loss column. Illinois served as the Tar Heels’ bounce-back game a season ago, although under new head coach Lovie Smith, the Illini are looking for their own program-defining win on Saturday. (Inside Carolina)

Video: T.J. Logan - The Senior Steps Up

Now a senior, North Carolina running back T.J. Logan makes up half of the two-headed monster in the Tar Heel backfield, alongside Elijah Hood. Read More...

UNC LG Caleb Peterson's Blocks Set Up 35-Yard Run

Caleb Peterson brushed aside the praise, taking the familiar offensive lineman route of deflecting attention and settling for the greater team good. “I didn’t do anything beyond what my responsibility as a teammate was,” Peterson said. “If I messed up, I would hope the guys next to me would correct me. So I just helped out a teammate and tried to do my job.” (Inside Carolina)

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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 15, 12:00 ET

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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