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Quick Lane Bowl Preview and Prediction: North Carolina vs Rutgers

Larry Fedora’s offense will be effective against the Scarlet Knights’ defense with dual-threat quarterback Marquise Williams being the difference-maker in the end. There should be no lack of offensive fireworks at Ford Field as the Tar Heels have just enough firepower to outlast the Scarlet Knights in a back-and-forth, highly entertaining affair in the Motor City. Prediction: UNC 34, Rutgers 30 (Athlon Sports)

Rutgers' pass defense to be tested by UNC's dual-threat quarterback

A year after surrendering 4,056 yards through the air during a 6-7 campaign, Rutgers yielded 2,733 passing yards while posting a 7-5 mark this fall. Rutgers' pass defense ranks 12th in the 14-team Big Ten and 69th nationally heading into a meeting with North Carolina on Friday in the Quick Lane Bowl. Standing in the way of an eight-win campaign is the nation's 23rd-best passing attack. (NJ.com)

UNC Going Bowling

It’s Christmastime, final exams at UNC are in the grade books. The only thing Carolina’s football players have to worry about is securing a winning season by beating Rutgers during the Quick Lane Bowl (4:30 p.m., ESPN) at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday, UNC safety Tim Scott said. Bah, humbug! It’s bowl season. There’s swag to be had — like those $250 Best Buy gift cards. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels Prep for Rutgers in Big Ten Country

UNC will once again have the opportunity to take advantage of a bad run defense. Almost all of the teams in the Big Ten rely heavily on the ground game, and this season, nearly every team had success running the ball against this Rutgers defense. UNC fans might find this hard to believe, but this is a unit that gave up nearly as many rushing yards per game (211.8) as the Tar Heels. (Inside Carolina)

UNC defense eager for "new beginning" against Rutgers

There obviously are a lot of questions surrounding the Quick Lane Bowl matchup between North Carolina and Rutgers on Friday, but there probably isn’t a bigger question than how big of an impact the changes UNC has made on defense will impact the game. Monday’s first practice on the Ford Field turf was about starting fresh and trying to rectify UNC’s biggest wart this season. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Butch Davis would be interested in return to Hurricanes

Butch Davis would welcome an opportunity to return as coach at Miami, a position he still considers a "top-notch job." The former Hurricanes coach made a Monday morning appearance on the Joe Rose Show on CBS Radio in Miami, where he was asked about making a return to the program he helped build into a perennial power in the 1990s. (Sporting News)

Quick Lane Bowl Opponent Preview: Rutgers

UNC ends its season with a game against a Rutgers team which finished the season 7-5, going 3-5 in the Big Ten. Rutgers played a difficult Big Ten Schedule; facing Ohio State, Nebraska and Michigan State on the road while Penn State and Wisconsin came to New Jersey. Rutgers lost each of those games and only beat two bowl-bound opponents, Maryland and Navy. (Tar Heel Blog)

Quick Lane quarterbacks feature different skill sets

The fact that Marquise Williams has thrown for more passing yards than Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova is impressive enough. Throw in the fact that North Carolina's dual-threat signal caller is also his team's leading rusher and it's clear why Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood says Williams is a player to watch in the Quick Lane Bowl. "I think he is a very talented runner,'' Flood said. (NJ.com)

This is it for UNC’s Scott, seniors

Friday yielded another signature moment within the athletics department at UNC. Safety Tim Scott has intercepted his bachelor's degree, graduating during winter commencement exercises earlier this month. As far as sports agents, Scott could use one. “I'm going to see if the league is for me,” said Scott, referring to the NFL. “But if football is over for me, I know I'll have my Plan B. I've got my degree.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels hope to hang with Eric Ebron in Detroit

The Tar Heels get to play at Eric Ebron's house — well, it’s more like North Carolina will run around against Rutgers in the yard where the NFL's Detroit Lions work. The inaugural Quick Lane Bowl on Friday (4:30 p.m., ESPN) between UNC and Rutgers will be played at Ford Field in Detroit. That's where Ebron, who was a UNC tight end last season, lines up as a Lion during the team’s home games. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC's Point Men

North Carolina point guard Marquise Williams and Tar Heels quarterback Marcus Paige — yeah, exactly, Williams said. “Marcus Paige is the quarterback of the basketball team,” said Williams, the signal caller for UNC’s football team that has to get past Rutgers on Friday to secure a winning season for the Tar Heels. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC Sticking with 4-2-5 in Bowl

With defensive coordinator Dan Disch now calling plays, North Carolina’s defense will continue to focus on executing the 4-2-5 scheme in preparation for the team’s Quick Lane Bowl matchup with Rutgers on Dec. 26 in Detroit. Disch will be taking over the play calling for the recently departed Vic Koenning. “It’s been a blur for a few days.” Disch said earlier this week. (Inside Carolina)

Energy Surge

Carolina football takes off for Detroit and the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday. Thursday’s practice was the second day of prep for the Tar Heels’ opponent, Rutgers. Carolina head coach Larry Fedora said the student-athletes were eager to hit the field this week after exams ended. “Exams wear you out,” Fedora said. “They were excited to get back on the football field and run around.” (GoHeels.com)

Can Colts' Hakeem Nicks salvage a lost season?

Two plays. Not enough to make up for a season's worth of disappointing moments and missed opportunities. Not nearly enough to satisfy unfulfilled expectations. But Hakeem Nicks will take it. These days, two plays is a start. (Indianapolis Star)

Bengals' rushing success may hinge on Russell Bodine

It was Russell Bodine's knack for physicality that impressed Cincinnati Bengals coaches during the pre-draft process last winter and spring. Film of his blocking ability at North Carolina, along with his impressive strength (he led all players at last year's combine with 42 bench reps) impressed the Bengals. They envisioned having him for games like Monday night's. (ESPN.com)

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

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
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UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN Tickets

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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