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10 things to expect in the second half of the ACC football season

North Carolina-Duke on Nov. 7 will decide the Coastal: After all of that talk about the Pittsburgh Panthers, the division will be settled along Tobacco Road. Duke and UNC are both 5-1 and are the class of the Coastal along with Pitt so far. UNC has a defense to complement an offense finally, and the Blue Devils' defense might be good enough to carry a leaky offense to nearby Charlotte. (ESPN.com)

ACC second-half primer: Five most important conference games

No. 23 Duke at North Carolina, Nov. 7: The ACC championship game matchup could be set by the first weekend of November with Florida State at Clemson and Duke at North Carolina. Usually by November, Tobacco Road has shifted its complete focus to the hardwood, but the Blue Devils and Tar Heels have the look of two of the Coastal Division’s best teams. (ESPN.com)

Landon Turner has North Carolina feeling good

Landon Turner has answered about 10 minutes of questions after practice when a reporter shyly interjects. She's working on an off-beat piece, she admits, so she cautions him in advance. "This is kind of a strange question," she says. Turner's smile grows wide and his eyes light up. "That," he says, "is a good start." Turner loves talking to people, and the quirkier the conversation the better. (ESPN.com)

Quincy Monk in fight of his life battling stomach cancer (video)

Former White Oak High School and North Carolina star Quincy Monk has been in the fight for his life after suffering a stroke in the summer then later being diagnosed with stomach cancer. (WCTI12.com)

Bengals vs Bills: Giovani Bernard makes a significant impact

In the end, Giovani Bernard might be Cincinnati's most dynamic weapon. Why? Simply put, he's the weapon that offenses fail to account for. It's clear when Jeremy Hill, who spends more time dancing and jump-stepping east-to-west as opposed to burying his northerly head through the line of scrimmage, is struggling. Yet, when Hill is in the game, defenses play the run. (Cincy Jungle)

New England Patriots Sign Offensive Tackle Brennan Williams

The New England Patriots added offensive tackle depth by signing Brennan Williams to their practice squad Tuesday, a source told NESN.com. Williams was spotted walking through the Patriots’ locker room during media availability. Williams, an Easton, Mass., native, was a third-round draft pick by the Houston Texans out of the University of North Carolina in 2013. (NESN)

Breaking down UNC's offensive juggernaut

North Carolina’s football team is 5-1, winners of its first two ACC games, and can rightfully claim one of the best offenses in the country after the 50-14 victory over Wake Forest. One big reason why is nobody is quite sure what North Carolina will do on any given down. Take UNC’s first touchdown against Wake Forest: A simple play-action fake from quarterback Marquise Williams to running back Elijah Hood on first down went for 57 yards and a touchdown. (Greensboro News & Record)

UNC Turning Agony Into Victory

"Overcoming adversity of a game that you felt like you should have won, you felt like you dominated most of the game but you made too many mistakes to win it," offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic said of the South Carolina game Tuesday. "Those are the ones that hurt the most. We learned the lesson that we needed to bounce back and not feel sorry for ourselves and we did that." (Carolina Blue)

UVa receiver Thorpe set for homecoming

T.J. Thorpe’s expression never changed Monday when he said he thought Virginia was playing North Carolina State this year and not the University of North Carolina. “He’s lying,” said Virginia quarterback Matt Johns during a later interview. “There’s no way he didn’t know that. That’s just T.J. being T.J.” After four years at North Carolina, Thorpe should have known — and probably did know — that UVa and UNC play every year as fellow members of the ACC’s Coastal Division. (Roanoke Times)

Chase Rice changing his tune with deeper, more meaningful songs

The momentum from his fan base has been key to propelling the career of Rice, who has long looked to country music legends for guidance on how to stage a truly rocking country show. “I grew up watching guys like Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney,” recalls Rice, who played Soldier Field this summer, opening for Chesney on his Big Revival Tour. (Chicago Sun-Times)

UNC football likes its chances on third down this season

For most things, a 50 percent chance doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence. But for the North Carolina football team, 50 percent makes it one of the best teams in the nation at converting on third down. UNC currently ranks fourth in the country in third-down conversion percentage, moving the chains at a 50.7 percent clip. That’s a 40-spot improvement from 2014. (Daily Tar Heel)

Fedora Live: UNC Overcoming Negative Recruiting

Negative recruiting is something that will come up with virtually every standout recruit, regardless of sport. That tactic is more of a waste of time than anything else, according to UNC head coach Larry Fedora. “I think it affects some kids, no doubt about it,” Fedora said during his weekly radio show at Top of the Hill Restaurant. “I know for a fact it does, so what you do is you defend yourself.” (Inside Carolina)

ICTV: UNC's Ryan Switzer 'Clears' The Air

The Tar Heels have been making statements on and off the field during the 2015 season. They did both on Saturday. A tweet several weeks back from Bug Howard garnered attention and served as a rallying cry. And after the rout of Wake Forest it was Ryan Switzer making waves with fewer than 140 characters, as he had a particular Wake Forest coach on his mind Saturday. (Inside Carolina)

Cleveland Browns waive RB Shaun Draughn

The Cleveland Browns have waived running back Shaun Draughn to make room for linebacker Jayson DiManche, signed off of Kansas City's practice squad, the team announced on Tuesday. Draughn, signed by the Browns as a free agent in December 2014, is in his third year out of North Carolina. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins in 2011. (Cleveland.com)

Midseason Stats Check: UNC Offense

UNC is halfway through the season with a 5-1 mark and 2-0 in ACC play. Here is how the numbers look so far for the Tar Heel offense. Despite some inconsistency at times and a few lapses from Marquise Williams, the offense has been incredibly good. In fact the offense this season is operating in "as advertised" territory. Of particular interest is how well UNC is doing on a per play basis. (Tar Heel Blog)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2, TBD

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

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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