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UNC-Pitt Preview: Panthers Playing Physical Footballl

Pittsburgh enters the game with a 6-1 (4-0 ACC) record despite losing star running back James Conner with a season-ending injury in the opener against Youngstown State. A consistent passing game, punishing ground game and head coach Pat Narduzzi’s defense have allowed Pitt to prosper this season, setting the stage for a pivotal ACC Coastal clash on Thursday night. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Football Offensive Stats Recap

CarolinaBlue examines how the offensive skill players have performed so far this season. Let's take a look at some of their stats. (Carolina Blue)

Ranking UNC's Toughest Remaning Games

No. 1 Pitt: Upsets tend to go hand in hand with Thursday night games, that bodes well for the Tar Heels who are unranked going into 23rd-ranked Pittsburgh. UNC's secondary has improved dramatically and ranks 10th in the nation in pass efficiency defense with a rating of 98.6. The unit will have their hands full with Pitt's preseason All-American wide receiver Tyler Boyd. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Readying for Narduzzi’s Defense

Pat Narduzzi directed some of the nation’s top defenses during his stint as defensive coordinator at Michigan State. UNC will get its first look at the first-year Pitt head coach’s 4-3 Over/Cover 4 scheme on Thursday at Heinz Field. Narduzzi’s final four Spartan defenses in East Lansing ranked top-10 nationally in total and rushing defense, and were top-10 in scoring defense in three of the four years. (Inside Carolina)

Video: 3 Reasons Tar Heels Can Win Coastal Division

UNC Football is 3-0 in the ACC thanks to a powerful offense and an improved defense. The ACC Network's Tim Brant and James Bates break down three reasons why the Tar Heels can capture the Coastal Division crown in 2015. View Video...

Pitt football coaches work overtime to get players ready for UNC

Pitt’s Thursday night game against North Carolina has forced the No. 23 Panthers (6-1, 4-0 ACC) to take a slightly more accelerated approach this week. Essentially, the Panthers treated Monday’s practice like a Tuesday, and will just try be a day or two ahead all the way up until kick off against the Tar Heels at 7 p.m. Thursday night. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

QB Marquise Williams rushes ahead

Marquise Williams has run rampant through the Tar Heels’ six-game winning streak, rushing for 77.8 yards per game during the stretch. And in his team’s near-defeat against Georgia Tech, the quarterback accrued a career-high 148 yards on the ground to fuel a historic 21-point comeback. “When everything is covered down, I have to be ready to go,” Williams said. (Daily Tar Heel)

OG Jared Cohen Released from UNC

Sophomore offensive guard Jared Cohen announced in a Twitter post on Monday that he had received his official release from North Carolina, citing a poor fit for his decision to leave the program. A school official was unable to immediately confirm the news on Monday evening. UNC announced that Cohen was taking an indefinite personal leave of absence on Aug. 3. (Inside Carolina)

Pitt cramming in preparation for Coastal showdown with UNC

Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said he missed church Sunday, and he might commit an even greater sin and again postpone his weekly meeting with athletic director Scott Barnes. There's a lot of work to be done and less time to do it, with Pitt two days from its next game Thursday night against North Carolina at Heinz Field. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Video: UNC Football - 'I Feel Good'

The Tar Heels are feeling good after winning six games in a row. View Video...

Short Week on Tap for UNC

Saturday nights on college campuses are spent a number of ways. UNC head coach Larry Fedora spent his Saturday night watching film, eating Chick-fil-A and drinking Red Bull to prepare for Thursday’s primetime game at No. 23 Pitt. “I went straight into the office, kissed my wife goodbye and my daughters, and went into the staff room and started working immediately,” Fedora told reporters Monday. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Defense Demanding Coastal Respect

No. 22 Duke and No. 23 Pittsburgh have relied on solid defense to remain undefeated in ACC play. While North Carolina is better known for its offensive exploits during the Larry Fedora era, its defense is making a case for the best unit in the Coastal Division in 2015. In ACC play, UNC is allowing the fewest points (19.3) of the trio. (Inside Carolina)

ACC Weekly Coaching Grades

Larry Fedora, UNC, B: With 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Tar Heels finished a lot stronger than they started in the 26-13 win over visiting Virginia. The challenge Thursday at Pitt won’t be Smoke Mizzell’s rushing quickness. The Heels will have to contain wide-out Tyler Boyd, who has 53 receptions despite facing constant double coverage. Previous grades: Four As, one B, one C. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Five With Fedora – Part 6

When you look at the defense, in terms of guys being in position, how different does the defense look on film this year compared to last year? – “There are a lot of differences for sure. We’ve given up a lot fewer catastrophic plays this season than last season. That’s due to guys being where they need to be and knowing how to attack the offenses they’re seeing." (Sports-Glutton.com)

Landon Turner Earns Third ACC Player Of The Week Honor

North Carolina offensive guard Landon Turner has been named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the third time this season following Carolina's 26-13 win over Virginia. Turner graded out at 95 percent and posted eight knockdown blocks. This marked the sixth time in seven games this season in which Turner graded out above 90 percent. (GoHeels.com)

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 Tickets

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD Tickets

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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