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UNC-Wake Forest Preview: Deacons Strong on Defense

Wake Forest has shown signs of improvement over a season ago. Head coach Dave Clawson’s team hung around with a ranked Florida State for four quarters, but the Demon Deacons have mustered just 36 combined points in conference play. This is an unbalanced team that pairs a strong defense with a struggling offense. (Inside Carolina)

Looking Ahead: Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons come into Saturday’s game with a 3-3 record overall and 1-2 in ACC play. In the last three Wake Forest football games, the average margin of victory has been a mere six points. The Demon Deacons have found ways to keep themselves in close games all year long, with the exception of a 41-3 blowout win in the season opener against Elon. (GoHeels.com)

Steve Spurrier at Duke: Clinches ACC Title vs. UNC & Takes Photo to Remember (video)

Steve Spurrier coached the 1989 Duke Blue Devils to the ACC Title. Their clinching game occurred at rival UNC and after the Blue Devils won 41-0 they took a photo underneath the scoreboard in Chapel Hill. (The ACC)

Is Duke or North Carolina the better football team?

Duke and North Carolina are favored to play for an ACC championship. You'll probably read that a lot over the next month -- as the college basketball season nears. We're talking about football, at least in this instance, as the ESPN Football Power Index gives UNC and Duke the best chance to win the Coastal. The two teams meet in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Nov. 7. (ESPN.com)

Brandon Fritts Providing Depth at TE

Tight end Brandon Fritts is establishing himself as yet another tool in North Carolina’s skill position box. The Mentor, Ohio freshman from has found the end zone twice this season, making him yet another threat in a receiving corps that boasts depth and talent. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder has caught four passes for 22 yards in five games played. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heel offense prepares for toughest test of season

After scoring 38 points against Georgia Tech in UNC’s biggest win of the season so far, the Tar Heel offense will face its stiffest test yet this week against Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have bedeviled opposing offenses this season, ranking 15th in the country in total defense through six weeks. They allow fewer than 300 total yards per game, including fewer than 150 through the air. (Daily Tar Heel)

Fedora Live: DT Jalen Dalton Likely to Play

Freshman defensive lineman Jalen Dalton could possibly make his North Carolina debut against Wake Forest on Saturday, according to UNC head coach Larry Fedora. “There’s a good chance Jalen Dalton will play this week,” Fedora said during his weekly radio show. Dalton, hailing from Clemmons, N.C., was considered the prized recruit in UNC’s 2015 recruiting class. (Inside Carolina)

Gio Bernard keys Bengals' run-game versatility

Actually, they rank third in the NFL in rushing attempts per game. For that, they can thank Giovani Bernard. He's carried 69 times for 377 yards. That's 5.5 yards per rush. His rushes up the middle with the Seattle defense spread against three wide receivers and Tyler Eifert on the field served a major role in the 17-point comeback Sunday against Seattle. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Tar Heels In The NFL - Week Five

Giovani Bernard is quickly becoming the first down back in Cincinnati, out-producing the initial first-option Jeremy Hill. The former Tar Heel ran for 80 yards on 15 carries and caught five passes for 21 yards, while Hill earned 13 yards on eight carries. Bernard’s versatility to run and catch out of the backfield is increasing the Bengals' productivity significantly. (GoHeels.com)

Leadership and chemistry a recipe for success for UNC football

North Carolina is on a four-game winning streak following the their 38-31 win over Georgia Tech on Oct. 3rd. With Wake Forest this Saturday in Kenan Stadium and Virginia the following week also at home, UNC could be 6-1 heading into a tough Thursday night primetime battle against the 4-1 Pittsburgh Panthers. Pitt is coming off two straight wins over Costal Division rivals Virginia Tech and Virginia. There is optimism surrounding the UNC program. (Carolina Blue)

Larry Fedora: Focus on the Present

UNC head coach Larry Fedora is making a point to his roster that the past is irrelevant to this year’s team. “I’m trying to distance everything from the past and just take the mistakes and learn from them,” Fedora told reporters at his weekly press conference on Monday. “And make sure that this team understands who they are.” UNC is 1-0 in the ACC for just the third time this millennium. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels aim to keep momentum from 4-1 start after bye

Heading into Saturday's game against Wake Forest, the Tar Heels (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won four straight after rallying from a huge deficit to win at Georgia Tech for the first time since 1997. That's also the last time UNC stood at 2-0 in the ACC, coming in Mack Brown's final season before taking over at Texas. (Associated Press)

UNC Tight End Caleb Samuel’s Football Career Over Due to Heart Condition

The university also announced that redshirt freshman tight end Caleb Samuel’s football career has ended due to ongoing concerns related to a heart condition. Samuel played in all five games this season and scored on a two-point conversion against North Carolina A&T. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC To Face Wake Forest's Attacking Blitzes

The Demon Deacons are allowing 296.0 yards per game and holding opponents to 27.8 percent third-down conversion rate (15th) in their 3-3 start. Opponents are averaging 13.2 third-down attempts per game, which translates to average of 3.7 conversions. The primary reason for Wake Forest’s defensive success through the first half of the season is its variety of blitzes. (Inside Carolina)

Assured Tar Heel team eager for next ACC 'battle'

North Carolina has the identity Larry Fedora wants for his Tar Heels coming out of the bye week as they prepare to host Wake Forest. “Going into the season, we were hopeful that we were going to have the identity that we have right now,” he said. “And I attribute it to the leadership that we have on this football team and the way they handle the locker room.” (WRAL Sports Fan)

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

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD

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
Georgia Tech4-49-4

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Boston College2-67-6

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