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Countdown to Kickoff: UNC-Pittsburgh

Powerful offenses and porous defenses converge at Kenan Stadium on Saturday as UNC and Pittsburgh open ACC play in a Coastal Division matchup. The Tar Heels are seven-point favorites in a series they have dominated (3-0) since the Panthers joined the ACC in 2013. UNC’s win over Pitt last October was the difference in determining the Coastal Division champion. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels host Panthers in key ACC Coastal Division matchup

The teams that finished 1-2 atop the Coastal Division meet in their league openers Saturday, with the Tar Heels facing the familiar challenge of trying to hold up physically against the Panthers' pounding ground game. But unlike last year — when the Tar Heels' defense went from awful to adequate — that unit doesn't enter the game with many positives. (Associated Press)

UNC Football Expands Seats For Service Program

Last season UNC football instituted a “Seats for Service” program that allowed fans to purchase $10 tickets for military members and their families. The idea was to give these Tar Heel fans a chance to watch their team play at Kenan Stadium. Following a terrific response to the program, the university has expanded the “Seats for Service” initiative for 2016. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC-Pitt game could get "ugly" without better defense, Chizik says

After watching his unit surrender 495 yards and 28 points against FCS foe James Madison last week, North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik issued a stern warning. "I thought we performed poorly,'' Chizik said. "That's probably being very kind. I thought we were soft. We've got to improve a lot this week, or this game could get ugly." (Fayetteville Observer)

Breaking down Pittsburgh-North Carolina

How to beat Pitt. Throw the ball. Oklahoma State threw for 540 yards in a 45-38 win last week. Pitt ranks No. 124 in the nation in pass defense, and is allowing 11.4 yards per reception (No. 91). Coach Pat Narduzzi anticipates his defense will have matchup problems again with the North Carolina receivers, so this is one of the matchups to watch. (ESPN.com)

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Preview and Prediction

The Tar Heels haven’t been able to control opposing rushing attacks and Pitt has James Conner getting back into high gear. But North Carolina, with Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan, are a threat running the ball while the Pittsburgh passing game has shown little life. That balance, coupled with being at home, gives UNC the victory. Prediction: North Carolina 35, Pittsburgh 27. (Athlon Sports)

Position Comparisons: UNC vs. Pitt

The Tar Heels will begin their quest for another Coastal division title when they host the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday. Pitt has never beaten UNC in ACC play, compiling an 0-3 record. UNC defeated Pitt 26-19 a year ago, led by two touchdowns from former quarterback Marquise Williams. Here are position group comparisons for the Tar Heels and Panthers. (Carolina Blue)

Shaky UNC Run Defense Faces Huge Challenge Against Pitt

The time is now for the UNC football team, as it enters ACC play this weekend with an important home game against the Pitt Panthers—a physical group that Tar Heel head coach Larry Fedora expects to try to exploit UNC’s struggling run defense from the get-go. Earlier this week, Fedora boldly proclaimed that Pitt is the best team the Tar Heels have faced all season. (Chapelboro.com)

Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - Pittsburgh

Let North Carolina coordinators Gene Chizik and Chris Kapilovic tell you about what the Tar Heels expect to see from Pittsburgh this Saturday in Kenan Stadium. View Video...

Can Pitt Finally Beat North Carolina?

Pitt fans can probably remember a good deal about North Carolina. A year ago, the Tar Heels strolled out of Heinz Field with a strong hold on the ACC Coastal Division after Marquise Williams connected for a pair of long touchdown passes. In 2014 in Chapel Hill, Williams and T.J. Logan combined to bring North Carolina back from a 14-point deficit in a final-minute touchdown. (Pittsburgh Sports Now)

UNC Releases Plans for Football-Specific Indoor Practice Facility

Last November, as the UNC football team was in the midst of a school-record 11-game win streak, it was announced that the school had plans to build an indoor practice facility on campus. Thursday, the first round of plans for the football-specific building were released–with the location of the project being revealed for the first time. (Chapelboro.com)

Q&A with Denver Broncos nose tackle Sylvester Williams

Before you went to college (at Coffeyville Community College then UNC), you were working in a factory. What did you do there? Sylvester Williams: "Radiator factory — for 18-wheelers and John Deere tractors. I put radiators together and I did different parts of the radiator every day. One day I would insert tubes, the next day I may be putting on the lid. So I just did different stuff every day." (Denver Broncos)

Chansky’s Notebook: A Delicate Balance

James Conner continues his remarkable recovery in Kenan Stadium. Once the best running back in the ACC, Pitt’s James Conner is again behind the quarterback carrying the ball about 20 times a game for the Panthers. (Chapelboro.com)

Big concerns looming for North Carolina's run defense

North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik pulled no punches in describing his defense as “soft,” and saying this week’s game “could get ugly” if the unit doesn’t improve dramatically. Is it really as bad as it seems? (ESPN.com)

Pitt-UNC kicks off what should be another wild Coastal race

North Carolina, hoping to become the first repeat Coastal champion since Virginia Tech in 2010-11, has yet to play a complete game. Its run defense remains a concern (No. 106 in the nation), and its rushing average is down 48 yards per game from a year ago. (ESPN.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 37
Pittsburgh: 36
Sat, Sep 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Florida State
Sat, Oct 1, 3:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Sat, Oct 8, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Oct 15, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Miami0
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, OCT 1 12:00 PM ET
Notre Dame0
at Syracuse0
SAT, OCT 1 12:00 PM ET
Virginia0
at Duke0
SAT, OCT 1 12:30 PM ET
Buffalo0
at Boston College0
SAT, OCT 1 1:00 PM ET
North Carolina0
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 1 3:30 PM ET
Wake Forest0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 1 3:30 PM ET
Marshall0
at Pittsburgh0
SAT, OCT 1 7:30 PM ET
Louisville0
at Clemson0
SAT, OCT 1 8:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(30) Virginia Tech1-03-1
(32) North Carolina1-03-1
Georgia Tech1-13-1
(14) Miami0-03-0
Virginia0-01-3
Duke0-12-2
Pittsburgh0-12-2

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Louisville2-04-0
(5) Clemson1-04-0
(38) Wake Forest1-04-0
NC State0-02-1
(12) Florida State0-13-1
Syracuse0-12-2
Boston College0-22-2

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