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Coaching turnover leads to many new offensive looks in ACC

The ACC is showing a lot of new offensive looks. The changes start with the four teams that hired new coaching staffs. Boston College, NC State and Pittsburgh hired new offensive coordinators, while Louisville added a co-coordinator behind play-calling head coach Bobby Petrino. Finally, rivals Duke and UNC promoted coordinators. (Associated Press)

Illinois Defensive Line Draws UNC Praise

Lovie Smith’s first team in Champaign has plenty of holes across the roster, although the strength of the defense is up front. Senior defensive end Dawuane Smoot ranked seventh in the Big Ten last year in sacks (8) and fifth in tackles for loss (15), while senior defensive tackles Rob Bain and Jarrod “Chunky” Clements have combined for 31 career starts. (Inside Carolina)

Kirby Smart: 'It made me sick when I watched tape and realized how lucky we were'

Kirby Smart’s Georgia tenure began with a second-half comeback win over a top-25 North Carolina team. But Smart’s a coach, and a Saban disciple, and that means you don’t sugarcoat things. “We really did not play well in a lot of areas,” Smart said Tuesday. "It really made me sick when I watched the tape to realize how lucky we were to win." (CoachingSearch.com)

R.J. Prince Likely to Start at RG vs. Illinois

UNC junior R.J. Prince has been working with the first team at right guard this week and is expected to start against Illinois on Saturday. Starting right guard Tommy Hatton is currently not practicing with the team due to personal reasons. Offensive coordinator/OL coach Chris Kapilovic said that the redshirt freshman was “working through some things.” (Inside Carolina)

Cole Holcomb on his first start and the physicality UNC needs

UNC junior linebacker Cole Holcomb had a productive game on Saturday against Georgia. Nine tackles. One for a loss. He played the whole game --- a clear sign the Carolina staff completely trust him. The game was a big moment from Holcomb. National TV. Top 25 SEC opponent. And it was his first start as a Tar Heel and first game after earning a scholarship. (Carolina Blue)

Larry Fedora still can’t get a marquee win

The fifth year of North Carolina football under Larry Fedora has begun, and it already feels a lot like previous seasons. As we all know, UNC lost a close game in Atlanta to Georgia this past weekend in frustrating fashion. It was a winnable game. (Tar Heel Blog)

ICTV: Mitch Trubisky Going Back to the Basics

Mitch Trubisky logged his first college start, learned from it, and now must move forward. The disappointing season-opening loss to Georgia has shifted to the rearview mirror as the Tar Heels prepare on the practice field and in the film room to play Illinois. Getting Trubisky and the passing game on track will be key. (Inside Carolina)

Team Morale, UNC locker room after Georgia loss

North Carolina starting strong safety Donnie Miles: "Obviously we were disappointed that we lost. We are just trying to stay positive. We know we have a long way to go. This is not going to break our season. We just have to come out and find a way to win and go back to correcting the little things in practice that we messed up on." (Carolina Blue)

Illinois Offers Road Test for North Carolina

Illinois showcased a balanced approach in coach Lovie Smith’s first game. Running back Kendrick Foster looked like a new man against Murray State, scoring a pair of 56-yard touchdown runs. He finished with 118 rushing yards on just four attempts. Illinois welcomes UNC to Champaign this weekend after the Tar Heels won the matchup, 48-14, in Chapel Hill last year. (Inside Carolina)

ACC Football Week 1 Power Rankings

4. North Carolina. It was another dispiriting season-opening loss for the Tar Heels, who had an opportunity to upset Georgia but fell apart late in the game. They hit the road to play Illinois next, their second straight opponent with a new head coach. (ESPN.com)

Los Angeles Rams re-sign DT Cam Thomas

The Los Angeles Rams have re-signed defensive tackle Cam Thomas, who was initially cut this past Saturday. Thomas is heading into his seventh season and has started 25 games since 2010, with 19 of those coming with the San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers. Thomas will serve as a backup on a defensive line that includes former Tar Heel Robert Quinn. (ESPN.com)

North Carolina shouldn’t go run-heavy just yet

Illinois had tremendous success against the run in its opener against Murray State, holding the Racers to -10 yards rushing. Half of Murray State’s 26 rushing attempts (including sacks) were stopped for either no gain or a loss. Just four runs — gains of 12, six, five and four — went for more than three yards in the right direction. (Today's U)

Run the numbers with UNC’s talented RB duo in an I or Veer formation

The powerful style of Elijah Hood and speed of T.J. Logan form among one of the most talented running-back tandems on one Tar Heels team in program history. They potentially could be in the same company as Ethan Horton and Tyrone Anthony in 1983, Amos Lawrence and Kelvin Bryant in 1980 or Mike Voight and James “Boom Boom” Betterson in 1974. (Raleigh & Company)

Gene Chizik on what UNC defense learned from Georgia

Last weekend, the Tar Heels were unable to stop a powerful Georgia running attack. This conjured up images on the defenses’ struggles during last year’s Baylor game, making fans a little uneasy about the 2016 season. But luckily, the game provided coach Gene Chizik with a clear picture of what UNC needs to work on to prepare for Illinois this weekend. (Carolina Blue)

Young UNC football defenders step up in loss to Georgia

The North Carolina football team needed someone to step up. Jalen Dalton, penciled in as the team’s starting defensive tackle, played approximately 30 snaps in UNC’s 33-24 loss to Georgia. Tyler Powell and Dajaun Drennon didn’t play, leaving UNC vulnerable to the Bulldogs’ vaunted rushing attack. (Daily Tar Heel)

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
Pittsburgh3-55-7
Virginia3-56-7
Duke3-57-6
North Carolina1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson8-112-2
(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Louisville4-48-5
Florida State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8


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