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UNC, Virginia Tech Look To Stay Alive In ACC Coastal

The North Carolina football team, 2-2 on the season, will return home to Chapel Hill on Saturday to host a pivotal ACC Coastal 12:30 pm matchup against 3-2 Virginia Tech. When facing the Hokies, an opponent typically expects a heavy dose of old-fashioned, ground-and-pound action from the running backs. (Chapelboro.com)

Colts' Hakeem Nicks: 'I view myself as the best receiver in the league'

In an Indianapolis Colts locker room led by Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks assessed his NFL standing this week. "I still view myself as the best receiver in the league," he said. The proclamation wasn't meant to slight the 14-year veteran dressing in the opposite corner of the room, but Nicks repeated it for effect. "That expectation ain't never going to change," he said. "I'll get a chance to prove it eventually." (Indianapolis Star)

Hokies travel south for border battle with UNC

Saturday’s game with UNC is huge. Both teams are 0-1 in the ACC, and the loser of this game will most likely be eliminated from the Coastal Division race. Expect to see two desperate football teams on the field. Carolina is reeling after having been crushed defensively in the last two weeks. (Tech Sideline)

Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - Virginia Tech

The Tar Heel coordinators break down what they expect to see from Virginia Tech on Saturday in Kenan Stadium as North Carolina tries to get off to a good start in the Coastal Division. View Video...

Tale of the Tape: Virginia Tech

The Hokies excel at running the football but that part of the offense took a hit with the loss of Shai McKenzie, the team's second leading rusher. The pass offense is fairly average, but the Hokies having thrown an alarming ten interceptions. Balance this offense against a Tar Heel defense that has its share of issues stopping people but at the same time is 11th nationally in interceptions. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: T.J. Thorpe Playing Through The Pain

UNC junior wide receiver T.J. Thorpe has broken his foot three times since his freshman season but that hasn't stopped him from making plays during his time on the field. View Video...

Photo Reel: UNC's Tunnel Screen

North Carolina countered Clemson’s defensive pressure with a pair of second-half tunnel screens that went for long touchdowns, including a 41-yard score for T.J. Thorpe early in the third quarter. By accounting for, and ultimately removing Clemson’s linebackers from the middle of the field, a well-executed tunnel screen morphed into a quick score. (Inside Carolina)

Defensive line gelling at the right time

Through the first four games of the season, North Carolina’s defense has left plenty to be desired. First, the unit struggled to make tackles. Then, the secondary had missed assignments galore. This week against Virginia Tech, they’ll have to try to put everything together for a complete game. (Carolina Blue)

Tech's big-play susceptibility on line against Tar Heels

Virginia Tech’s defense ranks 27th nationally, allowing 325.6 yards per game, but is among the worst when it comes to giving up big plays. Only eight Division I schools, out of 128, have allowed more plays covering 20 or more yards than the Hokies, who have allowed 32. The numbers are more than a little troubling for a program that has always had defense as its calling card. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels In The NFL – Week Four

Detroit Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron scored his first career NFL touchdown Sunday in the team's 24-17 win over the New York Jets. Ebron's score came on a seam pass that quarterback Matthew Stafford threw perfectly, and the former Tar Heel was able to finish the play for six points. Bad news out of Dallas Sunday night as linebacker Bruce Carter injured his quad. (GoHeels.com)

Landon Turner To Return vs. Virginia Tech

North Carolina faces a dangerous Virginia Tech team this weekend, one that has already knocked off Ohio State in Columbus and is looking to avoid an 0-2 start in conference action. If the Tar Heels are to earn a victory over Virginia Tech at sold out Kenan Stadium, they will have to improve on last week's performance at Clemson. (GoHeels.com)

Blame, pressure build on UNC secondary

A week after ECU gashed UNC’s defensive backfield, Clemson took advantage immediately, throwing for a 74-yard touchdown pass on the second play of the game Saturday, a play that Fedora said saw two blown coverages. Coverage has been a consistent weak spot for UNC through the first third of the season, and patience is running thin. (Greensboro News & Record)

James Hurst gets passing grade in first start

Undrafted rookie offensive tackle James Hurst has been thrown into service as the Ravens’ starting left tackle, replacing injured Eugene Monroe. And in his first start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Hurst got a passing grade. “There were some things he can work on still, but he played well,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. (Baltimore Ravens)

Audio: A Chat with VT Coach Frank Beamer

WCHL’s Matt Oakes caught up with legendary Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer this week. The two discussed the competitiveness and depth in the ACC, how to replace injured Hokie freshman running back Shai McKenzie and of course, previewed what Coach Beamer is calling a ‘must-win matchup’ with UNC this weekend. (Chapelboro.com)

Q&A with UNC and Virginia Tech Insiders

UNC will again come out trying to stop the run. They did against Clemson and were successful in holding the Tigers to under 100 yards rushing. But the plan in many ways backfired, as the Tar Heel secondary was torched for over 400 yards passing. (Carolina Blue)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, TBD

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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