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By the (Advanced) Numbers: North Carolina

The Hokies must face 9-1 North Carolina, one of the hottest teams in the country. I expect the atmosphere to be perhaps the most electric I've ever experienced. Casinos have set the opening spread at an unexpectedly narrow 6.5-point UNC victory — are they taking into account the emotions and fan intensity at the game, or do objective computers also agree that this game isn't as lopsided as it looks on paper? (The Key Play)

What could have been: South Carolina loss looms large for UNC

Larry Fedora said he isn't haunted by it, that he doesn't think about it – that dreadful 17-13 season-opening loss against South Carolina that seems so long ago now. “No, I don't,” Fedora, the North Carolina coach, said earlier this week when asked if memories of that defeat surface when he's alone, in quiet moments. “When I'm by myself, when I'm with my wife, when I'm with you … no, I don't (think about it).” (Charlotte Observer)

T.J. Thorpe achieves academic goal; hopes to finish disappointing senior season strong for U.Va.

T.J. Thorpe has perspective uncommon for many college football players. It's the product of a career spent almost constantly trying to rehab or gut his way through an injury, while playing for two Atlantic Coast Conference programs. (Daily Press)

A look at the Tar Heels Field Turf Crew and their creations

The UNC football team isn’t the only thing that has been impressive this season. There’s another star team at Kenan Memorial Stadium when the Tar Heels kickoff, and their work is usually done behind the scenes. The unique field markings you see when the Tar Heels play are done by the University’s field turf crew which works hard throughout the week to get all of the detailing right. (Keeping It Heel)

Fedora, Chizik discuss College Playoff and Virginia Tech

Larry Fedora on the new indoor training facility being approved: "I'm excited about the support of this administration, the support they're giving us. They understand what it is going to take for us to be successful in the future. I really appreciate that and I know these players will appreciate it also. I just found today that they approved it." (Carolina Blue)

UNC Opponent Preview: Virginia Tech

UNC travels to Blacksburg in a game where a win gives the Coastal title to the Tar Heels. Carolina will play the Hokies in Frank Beamer's last home game and Virginia Tech is expected to play an emotional game in a packed house on Saturday. The Hokies are not overly impressive this season, sitting at 5-5 and needing one more win to secure bowl eligibility. (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina to wear all white against Virginia Tech in all black

North Carolina will wear all white when they face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg this Saturday. The "Stormtrooper" look includes white pants, white jerseys, and white helmets. The Hokies will wear all black with Orange and Maroon lettering and highlights. Combine that with the Heels white unis and the contrast will be great. The game kicks off at 12:00 PM in Lane Stadium on ESPN. (Carolina Blue)

No. 12 North Carolina brings revitalized defense to Virginia Tech

Gene Chizik coached Auburn to the 2010 national championship, holding Oregon, one of the nation’s most prolific offenses, to just 19 points in the title game. Now, as the defense coordinator at North Carolina – the ACC’s top scoring attack – Chizik has the Tar Heels setting their sights on the College Football Playoffs. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Tar Heels offense: From a cloud of dust to the fast break

Imagine the culture shock if you were a Tar Heels fan who had not seen a game since the days of Bill Dooley, Dick Crum, and Mack Brown, and you checked out the 2015 Tar Heels. That's a far cry from Dooley’s cloud of dust. The 2015 season is already historic in that it marks the first season since the days of Charlie Justice and Art Weiner that a UNC team has played nine games without a loss. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Beamer Faces Tough Matchup in Final Home Game

It’s still hard to believe, but Frank Beamer will be coaching his last home game for Virginia Tech this Saturday. It’s been a long time since September 12, 1987 when he coached his first home game, a 22-10 loss to #10 Clemson. Unfortunately, this challenge will be just as daunting a task as that Clemson game. #12 UNC is coming to town, and the Tar Heels are one of the hottest teams in the country. (Tech Sideline)

Five With Fedora – Part 9

When you first arrived at UNC, you targeted year 4 as a year you thought could be special. Is this the type of year you envisioned when you said that? – “I would say so. We’ve had a specific plan on how to build a program they way we want to. In the past it’s taken us 4 years and so I think we felt like it would take 3-4 years to get where we wanted to be as a program. It hasn’t been easy and there are always growing pains involved in the process." (Sports-Glutton.com)

UNC's Marquise Williams looks to add to history with Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a place where Marquise Williams already has made a lot of memories, but Saturday the UNC quarterback hopes to add a most special one. Williams will lead the 12th-ranked Tar Heels against the homestanding Hokies. A victory would clinch the Coastal Division title for UNC. Even if the Tar Heels lose, they could still win the Coastal if Pittsburgh falls to Louisville. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tre Boston ready and waiting in the wings

Last year, safety Tre Boston was making big plays late in the season to help the Carolina Panthers win the division and claim its first playoff victory since 2005. This year, Boston is taking a back seat on a team that’s 9-0. After starting five regular season games and both postseason games as a rookie, Boston’s opportunities have been limited in his second season. (Carolina Panthers)

UNC offense on record binge entering Beamer's final Virginia Tech home game

Never in the ACC's 63 seasons has a team scored so many points, 125, in back-to-back league games. So when Frank Beamer says lightheartedly that watching North Carolina video is an antidote to the emotions swirling around his final home game as Virginia Tech's coach, he's not bluffing. The Hokies' task against the Tar Heels on Saturday at Lane Stadium is considerable. (Daily Press)

ACC Upset Watch: Virginia Tech going for bowl in Beamer's last home game

Virginia Tech has struggled to contain mobile quarterbacks, while UNC has had issues slowing down the run. Travon McMillian has given the Hokies' run game a huge boost with three straight 100-yard games. He is looking to become the first Virginia Tech running back since 2011 with four straight 100-yard rushing games. Oh, and Virginia Tech has won 10 of its last 11 home finales. (ESPN.com)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
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UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, 12:00 ET Tickets

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, 3:30 ET

Full UNC Football Schedule

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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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