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Critical Rivalry Game Ahead For UNC

The offseason hype surrounding No. 25 North Carolina has dissipated through the first three weeks of the college football season. UNC’s outcome at East Carolina on Saturday will prove pivotal in either kindling or extinguishing that flame. Despite improving to 2-0 with its 31-27 win over San Diego State on Sept. 6, UNC fell out of the AP Poll and dropped to No. 25 from No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. (Inside Carolina)

Larry Fedora Weekly Press Conference Recap

Coming off the bye week this is a lot of boilerplate. Fundamentals were worked on and it was "productive" because has anyone ever had a bye week that wasn't productive or fundamentals weren't worked on? One rare injury note from UNC. OL Landon Turner will miss the game against the Pirates due to injury. Jared Cohen will start in his place. (Tar Heel Blog)

Turner's Take: After Open Date, Heels Back to Game Prep

UNC knows they’ll have their work cut out for them on the road at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday. “East Carolina’s a really good football team,” Larry Fedora said. “I read all the headlines about how they upset Virginia Tech, and I’ll tell you what, from the very beginning it was a heck of a game offensively." Meanwhile the Tar Heels used last week to tune up some things and begin to game plan for the Pirates. (GoHeels.com)

Fedora: 'Players don't forget things like that'

A year ago, East Carolina defeated both North Carolina and NC State and put up a billboard declaring the state to be “Arrrrr State.” The Pirates defeated the Tar Heels 55-31 in Chapel Hill, and the return trip is this Saturday. Will Larry Fedora remind his team about last year in this week’s preparation? He says he doesn’t need to. “It’s not something that we’ve really talked about,” Fedora said. (CoachingSearch.com)

Landon Turner to miss ECU game

North Carolina starting right guard Landon Turner will miss Saturday's game against East Carolina due to an undisclosed injury, UNC reports. The 6-foot-4, 315 pound junior from Harrisonburg (VA) is the most experience lineman for the Tar Heels. (Carolina Blue)

Welcome to the General Assembly Mandated Kobayashi Maru Game

Yes, it's ECU game week. Traditionally this game is a no-win for UNC even if the Tar Heels do manage a victory. Beat ECU and you were supposed to do that. Lose to ECU and it's a whole hassle dealing with local Pirate fans plus it's a loss to a non-Power 5 team. ECU heads into this game with the clear upper hand. The Pirates will be playing in front of a sell-out crowd and this game has a Super Bowl feel for the Pirates. (Tar Heel Blog)

Taking a Look at the Rest of UNC's Football Schedule

Carolina's remaining 10 opponents went 8-1 this past Saturday, and the only loss was because two opponents played each other. Here's a quick look at their seasons to this point. @ East Carolina (2-1): The Pirates followed up their close loss at South Carolina with a huge road win at Virginia Tech. The Pirates are now just outside the Top 25. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC football stats and rankings

After two UNC games and three weeks of college football, the ACC released its statical standings. UNC quarterback Marquise Williams was the major standout for the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior signal-caller is third in the ACC in total offense with 115 rushing yards, 424 passing yards, and 539 total yards of offense. Williams is averaging 269.5 yards of total offense per game. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Football Rankings Unchanged

UNC still not ranked in the AP while No. 25 in the coaches poll. The Tar Heels are the first out of the AP poll while Duke is the second team out. Incidentally, ECU is the 6th team out. Duke is the first team out of the Coaches poll while ECU is the 8th (VT is 6th for good measure). A lot of ACC teams within those 8 or 9 spots away from being ranked. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Video: Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu Throws Perfect 50-Yard Pass to Brandon Tate

With throws like this, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has some Bengals fans wishing that he was the team's starting quarterback. Sanu threw a beautiful pass Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons to wideout Brandon Tate that resulted in a gain of 50 yards. (Bleacher Report)

ACC Football Power Rankings: Week 3

9. North Carolina Tar Heels: Record: 2-0 overall, 0-0 conference; You can bet UNC watched East Carolina upset Virginia Tech while the Tar Heels were off Saturday. The Heels will be seeking their own revenge after losing to the Pirates a year ago. More than anything, they need to prove they are capable of putting a complete game together. (ESPN.com)

Darian Durant injury a major blow to Roughriders

By virtue of being one of only four Grey Cup-winning quarterbacks in franchise history, Durant qualifies as Roughriders royalty. His absence creates a king-sized void - one that an understudy with scant CFL experience should not be expected to fill. The 32-year-old Durant has three Grey Cup starts and two all-star berths to his credit. (Regina Leader-Post)

Rams sign DE Robert Quinn to 4-year extension worth $66 million

The Rams will be holding on to one of the best pass rushers in person for several years to come. Defensive end Robert Quinn has agreed to a four-year extension that keeps him in St. Louis through 2019, agent Tony Fleming told Adam Schefter of ESPN. The deal reportedly will pay Quinn $66 million, including $41.2 million guaranteed, although the details about that guarantee are not yet available. (NBC Sports)

Tar Heels' Elijah Hood eyes more highlights

Elijah Hood said he plans to be back in the end zone. North Carolina’s offense needs him there — or one of his backfield mates. Hood, a freshman from Charlotte, produced his first touchdown — and it allowed the Tar Heels to take a fourth-quarter lead on San Diego State last Saturday night. “I was really happy to get it because it got us the lead,” Hood said. (Burlington Times-News)

Can Bruce Carter Ever Live Up To Lofty Expectations?

Dallas Cowboys' coach Jason Garrett is so excited about Bruce Carter’s new role that during minicamp he brought a group of reporters into a coaching office with a whiteboard for the sole purpose of showing them how the scheme would work. He honestly believes that Carter can still be a big-time player, as does owner and general manager Jerry Jones. And they aren’t just saying this for the benefit of the media. (Dallas Cowboys)

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

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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