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Planning for the opponent: QBs aside, Dogs will ‘pound the rock’ vs. UNC

Most of the focus on Georgia heading into Saturday’s season opener has been on who will start at quarterback. To be sure, the decision to start fifth-year senior Greyson Lambert over freshman phenom Jacob Eason was one that created ripples from coast-to-coast in college football. (Dawg Nation)

A Guide to North Carolina’s College Mascots

North Carolina Tar Heels: Rather than confront the stark difficulty of humanizing a foot, UNC went with Rameses the Ram in 1924, borrowing the nickname of star fullback Jack “Battering Ram” Merrit. The mascot stuck when a kicker hit a game-winning field goal in the presence of a live Rameses the university had ordered from Texas. (Our State Magazine)

UNC Looking for a Different Start

Des Lawrence calls Saturday night a test North Carolina has been waiting a year to take. Things would have been a whole lot different last season, and maybe easier, if the Tar Heels would’ve opened with a win against South Carolina. What does that mean for Saturday’s battle with No. 18 Georgia in in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic? Everything. (Wilmington Star News)

Heckendorf: "I think Mitch is ready"

Coach Heck will have more of a responsibility with play calls. His star pupil Mitch Trubisky also has a new role: starting quarterback. Heckendorf spoke on Trubisky before the Tar Heels take on Georgia on Saturday. "I think Mitch is ready. I think he is excited for the opportunity. I have all the confidence in the world that he is going to do a a great job." (Carolina Blue)

Marquise Williams Released by Green Bay Packers

Marquise Williams was released by the Packers on Friday. With Joe Callahan's impressive performance during preseason play, it became apparent that Williams was likely going to be the odd man out at quarterback in Green Bay. The North Carolina product will now set his sights on landing a job as a member of another organization's practice squad. (CBS Sports)

Georgia-North Carolina have long — but not recent — football history

Georgia and North Carolina first met on October 26, 1895, in Atlanta; it was the 15th game in Georgia football history and the 33rd for UNC. UNC won 6-0 and completed what is considered by some as the first-ever forward pass; alas, the play was illegal at the time. Historians are unable to confirm the first occurrence, although John Heisman is noted in giving credit to this game as having the first pass. (Gridiron Now)

This season is crucial for Larry Fedora

With that, of course, comes a whole new set of expectations and desires for the UNC football program. In Fedora, most people in and around Chapel Hill see the coach that can finally get the Heels consistently competing with Clemson and FSU. The town and university so centered on what happens in the spring can have something to root for and be proud of in the fall. (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina studying new Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney’s past offenses

During Wednesday’s ACC coaches teleconference, Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said his coaching staff has searched everywhere for answers on Georgia’s offense. For one, it’s because the Bulldogs have an entirely new coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, who in just the previous four seasons was at three different schools – Tennessee, Arkansas and Pittsburgh. (Gridiron Now)

Des Lawrence embracing big game, underdog narrative

The Tar Heels travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Saturday. While technically a neutral site, this is more-or-less a home game for Georgia. UNC cornerback Des Lawrence knows this, but says Carolina's veterans have the experience for this type of game. "I’m pretty sure it’s going to be majority red in there, so an away game [for us]," Des Lawrence told reporters. (Carolina Blue)

Mark Armstrong's pick for UNC's big test vs. Georgia

So who wins? I need to see UNC actually tackle Nick Chubb a few times. If Gene Chizik hasn't assembled a group capable of slowing down the Dawgs' ground attack then it is likely another long evening. Carolina should again have one of the most explosive offenses in the country. They'll score. Fed's fellas kick-start another potentially memorable season with a 34-31 win. (ABC 11)

'A big first step' for UNC against Georgia

Last year, the sleeping giant stumbled in the second week, marched through 11 straight opponents to an ACC Coastal Division title and came up one onside kick short of getting in the conversation about the College Football Playoff. Now, the Tar Heels are talking about finishing the job this season, and it begins Saturday with a victory over the Bulldogs in Atlanta. (Greensboro News & Record)

UNC defensive line views Georgia game as chance to prove itself

North Carolina knows it. Georgia knows it. You know it. The matchup between the two schools on Saturday is essentially a referendum on whether the Tar Heels have figured out how to stop the run. There is no better test than trying to shut down Nick Chubb, one of the best running backs in the game. (ESPN.com)

UGA-UNC: Who has the edge?

Offensive Edge: North Carolina; Defensive Edge: Georgia; Overall: Georgia - The Tar Heels have plenty of offensive firepower so this figures to be a game of trading scores. Georgia hasn’t fared well in too many big games in recent years, but the Bulldogs will pull this one out against a leaky run defense. (Online Athens)

No. 22 Tar Heels Open 2016 In Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game

Carolina and Georgia will face off for the first time in more than 40 years when the teams meet to open the 2016 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sept. 3, at 5:30 p.m. UNC enters the game ranked No. 20 in the Coaches Poll and No. 22 in the AP Top 25. Georgia enters No. 16 in the coaches poll and No. 18 in the AP poll. (GoHeels.com)

Position Comparisons: UGA Offense vs. UNC Defense

UGA QB: Greyson Lambert is more of a game manager than a playmaker. He's going to help Georgia get in the right play and out of bad ones. UNC Defense: The front seven has talent but remains unproven. The linebackers are inexperienced but athletic. The secondary could be the best in the ACC --- two lockdown corners and two veteran safeties. (Carolina Blue)

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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 8, TBD

UNC vs. UCF
Sat, Sep 15, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
Pittsburgh3-55-7
Virginia3-56-7
Duke3-57-6
North Carolina1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson8-112-2
(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Louisville4-48-5
Florida State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8


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