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UNC vs. N.C. State Preview

UNC has clinched a spot in the ACC title game and now has one more obstacle before the showdown in Charlotte. The Heels cannot afford to overlook their cross town rivals who will be hungry for the upset. Carolina will need an impressive win over the Wolfpack in order to stay in the College Football Playoff conversation. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels, Wolfpack both throwing out the records...just in different ways

You know the old adage about throwing out the records whenever rivals meet? It’s a concept both the North Carolina and N.C. State football teams are fully embracing as they prepare for Saturday’s annual showdown at Carter-Finley Stadium. Only in different ways. The Coastal Division champion Tar Heels are only too happy to dismiss the results of the past. (Wilmington Star News)

Tar Heels full of motivation for clash with Wolfpack

There’s so much riding on the outcome of games for No. 11 North Carolina that the Tar Heels insist it doesn’t matter who they’re playing these days. It just so happens that it’s a trip to N.C. State that comes at the conclusion of the regular-season football schedule Saturday. So this is no time to be looking ahead to next week’s ACC championship game against No. 1-ranked Clemson. (Burlington Times News)

Schoettmer: "I just don't like their football program"

Fifth-year senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer has seen it all. The former walk-on was on the sideline when Gio Bernard ran back the game-winning punt against N.C. State in 2012. He was also on the field when the Wolfpack ran all over the Tar Heels last season for an embarrassing 35-7 loss. (Carolina Blue)

UNC vs. NCSU: Fifth-year seniors want last word in rivalry

They've all experienced the highs and lows of a traditional rivalry. But on Saturday, a few fifth-year seniors are hoping to create a final, lasting memory in the 105th football game between North Carolina and N.C. State. On the Tar Heels' side, four players in their senior class of 15 have been around to see teams split their previous four showdowns. (Fayetteville Observer)

Recruiting Storylines: UNC vs NCSU

North Carolina and NC State will meet on the gridiron for the 105th time on Saturday. On the recruiting trail, the rivals have crossed paths countless times. Three days before Christmas last year, Mike Hughes shocked many by selecting UNC over Florida and NC State. Early into his recruitment, UNC cornerback Des Lawrence narrowed his focus to Clemson, Duke, UNC, and NC State. (Inside Carolina)

Most Improved: UNC's Defensive Line

The position once thought of as the weakness on the revamped Tar Heel defense has clearly improved under Coach Tray Scott. With North Carolina standing at 10-1 and undefeated in the ACC, Carolina's defense and it's front four can be credited with helping the Tar Heels grind out close games and make big plays at crucial moments. (Carolina Blue)

The North Carolina Tar Heels Can Still Make The College Football Playoff

Andrew Flowers at FiveThirtyEight gives the Tar Heels a 39 percent chance at making the College Football Playoff if Carolina wins out. He writes that teams like Carolina and Michigan, “need a messy highway pileup for them to swerve into the mix.” So. Let’s look at the games and find that pileup. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC season a surprise after first-game stumble against Gamecocks

I don't think anyone in Bank of America Stadium that evening would have believed the Tar Heels would be returning to Charlotte in December to play in the ACC championship game. The way UNC self-destructed on offense that day in falling 17-13 to what has become South Carolina's first losing team since 2003 had us expecting mediocrity again for the Tar Heels. (Fayetteville Observer)

No. 11 North Carolina closes regular season at NC State

UNC coach Larry Fedora starts team meetings by mentioning the goals of winning its ACC division and a mythical state title by beating all its instate opponents. The No. 11 Tar Heels have accomplished the first. Now they're going for the second Saturday against rival NC State with a shot of sweeping their instate ACC rivals for the first time in 11 years. (Associated Press)

Carolina uniform set for State game

On Thursday UNC assistant equipment manager Jason Freeman tweeted out what North Carolina will be wearing against the Wolfpack. The Tar Heels will go with a traditional color combination for Saturday's regular season finale against rival N.C. State. Blue helmet, white jersey, and blue pants. (Carolina Blue)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. N.C. State

Standing in No. 11 North Carolina’s way from a school-record 11-game winning streak is N.C. State, which would like nothing more than to remove its rival from the College Football Playoff discussion in the regular season finale. The hatred is real, and it runs deep. Rarely does emotion trump talent, although that’s not been the case in the UNC-N.C. State rivalry on the gridiron. (Inside Carolina)

Rivalry Week Q&A with Backing the Pack

It's not Thanksgiving week until the crazy relatives show up at the house for dinner, and in that vein we're doing a Q&A with our friend Will Thompson from the NC State blog Backing the Pack. If I'm Larry Fedora, what do I have to do to stop the Wolfpack? "The biggest thing is to keep State's offense off the field and to score a lot early." (Tar Heel Blog)

State-Carolina rivalry shakes Djibouti

When Richard Vinroot arrived last September at Camp Lemonnier, a U.S. military installation in Djbouti, on the east coast of Africa, he quickly found out that being a UNC alum was a powerful connection in that part of the world. “People said the executive officer, Commander Williams, will really like you when he finds out you’re a Carolina grad,” said Vinroot, the son of the former Charlotte mayor of the same name. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC-N.C. State: What time is it?

Every day, at exactly 6:25 P.M., Chris Hathcock sends out a tweet. Chris is a graduate student, studying aerospace engineering. But he takes a few seconds away from gas dynamics and CAD modeling to send out a tweet – every single day. “The official time is 35 to 7,” Hathcock tweets. (Carolina Blue)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 45
NC State: 34
Sat, Nov 28 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Clemson
Sat, Dec 5, 8:14 ET ABC Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Miami (FL)29
at Pittsburgh24
at South Carolina32
Virginia Tech23
at Virginia20
at Georgia Tech7
at Kentucky24
Boston College17
at Syracuse20
at Wake Forest21
North Carolina45
at NC State34
Florida State27
at Florida2
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(8) North Carolina8-011-1
Virginia Tech4-46-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-012-0
(10) Florida State6-210-2
NC State3-57-5
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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