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Tale of the Tape: ACC Championship

Two of the best offenses in college football face off in what very well could be a shootout. UNC averages over 41 ppg while Clemson is a tick below 38 ppg. Both teams hover at the 500 yards per game mark though UNC is more efficient with 7.46 yards per play, a full yard more than Clemson's average. One issue Clemson's offense has struggled with is turnovers. (Tar Heel Blog)

FSU-UNC 1997: The last big Carolina football game

North Carolina stands at the precipice of college football’s elite. The Tar Heels will play for the ACC championship Saturday night, against the No. 1 team in the country, with a berth in the College Football Playoff possibly at stake. It’s been a long time since UNC was in this position. The media called it "Judgment Day," or in the common tongue, Nov. 8, 1997. (Greensboro News & Record)

ACC championship matchups: North Carolina WRs vs. Clemson secondary

There’s no doubt that UNC’s passing game is explosive, and part of the reason for that is the sheer number of options the Heels have -- from the ultra-fast Ryan Switzer to the big target of Quinshad Davis to Mack Hollins, who’s a devastating combination of both. But this is what also sets Clemson apart. (ESPN.com)

Extra Points Wednesday

The 1978-87 epoch of Carolina football has been overlooked, under-appreciated and often ignored. The fact is the Dick Crum era produced the last ACC championship won by a Tar Heel football team. It's fitting that those 1980 Tar Heels be recognized this weekend on the occasion of the silver anniversary of a dramatic goal-line stand at Clemson and a 6-0 record that won the ACC. (GoHeels.com)

Win Or Lose, UNC Wins

North Carolina football is suddenly the soup du jour right now. National talking heads who didn't give a second glance to the Tar Heels prior to mid-October are now suddenly experts on all thing Larry Fedora, Marquise (if only they would pronounce his name correctly) Williams, and Gene Chizik. It's funny, an expert finally uttered Elijah Hood's name Tuesday for the first time. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

2016 Football Season Tickets On Sale

Season ticket renewals and new deposits for the 2016 North Carolina football season will be available Thursday, Dec. 3, at RaiseUpCarolina.com, a new online portal for UNC football ticket sales and game day information. Carolina will host six home games in Kenan Stadium in 2016 featuring ACC opponents NC State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh. (GoHeels.com)

Injury Ends Sam Smiley's Season

Sam Smiley, who helped shore up the secondary in North Carolina's resurgent defense, will miss the postseason. The senior suffered a torn left Achilles tendon in UNC's win over N.C. State last week that will end his season. He had surgery on Wednesday, the school confirmed. Smiley, a Jacksonville, Fla. native, started all but one of UNC's regular season games in 2015. (Inside Carolina)

No. 8 Tar Heels take long road to ACC championship game

Eighth-ranked North Carolina's journey to the ACC championship game hasn't been easy. It follows nearly two decades marked by failed coaching stints and on-field struggles, along with NCAA turmoil that continues to hover over the school. But the Tar Heels have been rolling as they play No. 1 Clemson on Saturday for their first ACC title since 1980. (Associated Press)

Larry Fedora discusses his plan, adversity

When he was hired, Larry Fedora vowed that his Tar Heels would be known for "playing smart, playing fast, and playing physical." But, there is more to being the CEO and running a football program than what happens on Saturdays. During a media availability this week, Fedora spoke candidly about what has gone into building the UNC program to where it is today. (Carolina Blue)

Expect big plays to fill Clemson-UNC game

The last time Clemson played North Carolina while harboring national title aspirations was in 1981. The Tigers prevailed that day, 10-8, in a monumental defensive struggle. Saturday night’s Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game between the two teams promises to be of a somewhat different ilk. (Greenville News)

Video: ESPN 'Inside The Program' - Marquise Williams interview

Marty Smith from ESPN 'Inside The Program' interviews quarterback Marquise Williams in the days leading up to the ACC Championship game against Clemson in Charlotte, N.C. View Video...

Video: ESPN 'Inside The Program' - Larry Fedora interview

ESPN's 'Inside the Program' interviews head coach Larry Fedora in the days leading up to the ACC Championship game against Clemson. View Video...

Time for UNC to Pay Larry Fedora (and His Staff)

Larry Fedora is one of only four coaches in UNC history to get a Tar Heel team to 11 wins in a season. The last one who did it, Mack Brown, left for Texas shortly after the season ended with many UNC fans feeling like AD Dick Baddour didn't do enough to keep Brown in Chapel Hill. Clearly, Bubba Cunningham is going to make every effort to keep Fedora happy. (Tar Heel Blog)

Fundamentals have been key to North Carolina's defense

When Gene Chizik arrived at UNC, he was determined to fix one glaring problem, even if he could do nothing else in Year 1 to make the Tar Heels’ defense relevant: End the scourge of missed tackles. As it turns out, Chizik improved UNC’s defense in virtually every facet this year, which is why the Heels are playing in the ACC championship game. (ESPN.com)

UNC Offense Emphasizing Execution Over Speed

Through 12 games, the Tar Heels have snapped the ball 797 times, good for 101st nationally. That’s 66.4 snaps per game, nearly 11 fewer than UNC ran in 2014. Larry Fedora dismissed questions about a change to his up-tempo preferences earlier in the season, but finally acknowledged a shift in approach this week. (Inside Carolina)

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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, 12:20 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, 12:00 ET Tickets

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, 3:30 ET

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Presbyterian College0
at Wake Forest0
Thursday 6:30 PM

Central Connecticut0
at Syracuse0
Friday 7:00 PM

Boston College0
at Northern Illinois0
Friday 9:30 PM

Kent State0
at #5 Clemson0
Saturday 12:00 PM

at North Carolina0
Saturday 12:20 PM

at #18 Miami0
Saturday 12:30 PM

Youngstown State0
at Pittsburgh0
Saturday 1:00 PM

NC State0
at South Carolina0
Saturday 3:00 PM

William & Mary0
at Virginia0
Saturday 3:30 PM

North Carolina Central0
at Duke0
Saturday 6:00 PM

#17 Louisville0
at Purdue0
Saturday 7:30 PM

#3 Florida State0
at #1 Alabama0
Saturday 8:00 PM

#20 West Virginia0
at #22 Virginia Tech0
Sunday 7:30 PM

#24 Tennessee0
at Georgia Tech0
Monday 8:00 PM

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(18) Miami0-00-0
(22) Virginia Tech0-00-0
Georgia Tech0-00-0
North Carolina0-00-0

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Florida State0-00-0
(5) Clemson0-00-0
(17) Louisville0-00-0
Wake Forest0-00-0
Boston College0-00-0
NC State0-00-0

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