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UNC football prepares for ACC opener against Pittsburgh

Up to this point in the season, the North Carolina football team hasn't played a game that directly affects its goals — winning the ACC Coastal Division, claiming a conference championship and sweeping its in-state foes. But that changes with the game against Pittsburgh (2-1) on Saturday, a matchup that marks the start of their ACC schedule.

Pitt Coach Pat Narduzzi Discusses UNC Matchup

Pat Narduzzi's been using freshman Kaezon Pugh (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) to mimic Elijah Hood (6-foot, 200 pounds) in practice. "If you make (Hood) bounce it, he's got breakaway speed," Narduzzi said. "He's a very good football player. We struggled to contain the rush game last year, and now you've got to worry about the pass as well as stopping him in the run game."

Ryan Switzer has been thorn in Pitt's side for 3 seasons

During his junior season at George Washington High School in Charleston, W.Va., Ryan Switzer received a scholarship offer from Pitt. Defensive backs coach Tony Gibson delivered it. Switzer liked what Gibson was selling, and how he was selling it. But soon after making the offer, Gibson left for Arizona. A week later, Graham was gone. Goodbye, Pitt.

Off-field friends James Conner, Ryan Switzer will be on opposite sidelines when Pitt faces UNC

The link between two players from different hometowns — James Conner is an Erie native; Ryan Switzer is from Charleston, W.Va. — was forged through circumstance. The two first met at a college recruiting showcase at Gateway High School in April 2012. When the Tar Heels and Panthers played the following year, they exchanged contact information.

Wednesday Larry Fedora Post-Practice Quotes

Larry Fedora on Pittsburgh running back James Conner: "He's the same guy he was before. It's great to see for that young man, for what he's overcome and what he's done and to be back to where he is. I think it's a great story." On Mitch Trubisky's record for passes without an interception: "Well, I don't like to talk about it actually. I'd rather y'all not say anything about it."

UNC QB Mitch Trubisky Making the Right Reads

Mitch Trubisky seemed to flirt with perfection in Saturday’s win over James Madison – North Carolina's junior quarterback completed 24-of-27 passes for 432 yards and three touchdowns – although film review highlighted as many as 10 potential errors in judgment, equally split between pass progression reads and RPO (run-pass option) reads.

Rams’ Robert Quinn is back to cause havoc for the opposition

Robert Quinn is back. This is different from Robert Quinn’s back, which caused him so much trouble in 2015. Pain, and subsequent back surgery, cost Quinn half of last season and unfortunately made it fair to question whether Quinn, in his prime NFL years, ever would return to top form. Through the first two games of this season, the answer seems to be affirmative.

Freshman Dominique Ross primed for more reps

A bright spot for the UNC defense in the first half was was a second quarter sack for true freshman linebacker Dominique Ross. As both head coach Larry Fedora and defensive coordinator Gene Chizik told the media it was the first real play of note for the Tar heel defense. "That sack might have been the first stop we got all game," Chizik told reporters on Tuesday.

Video: Larry Fedora Wednesday Post-Practice Interview

North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora met with the media following Wednesday's practice to discuss how this week has gone after some disappointments in last weekend's win over James Madison, and to look more ahead to Pittsburgh coming to town Saturday.

Video: UNC Football Game Day Music Choices

Find out who the North Carolina football players listen to to get them ready on game day.

Pitt Panthers Share Similar Issues as UNC

Pittsburgh enters its first ACC game of the season with a 2-1 record. After starting the season with two consecutive wins, including a rivalry victory over Penn State, the Panthers fell to Oklahoma State last weekend in Stillwater. With a deep backfield on offense and formidable front seven on defense, Pitt may be UNC’s toughest opponent to date this season.

North Carolina Football Team Trivia Across All Divisions

From 1988-1997, when Coach Mack Brown reigned over Carolina football, interest in the Tar Heel football program skyrocketed. Games at Kenan Memorial Stadium were almost always sold out and, in a 1997 game against Florida State, 62,000 fans came out – the largest crowd at a regular-season college football game in North Carolina history.

UNC Football Still Seeking Leadership in Key Positions

With vocal presences like former quarterback Marquise Williams yet to establish themselves in the locker room this season, the UNC football team—despite being extremely talented—is still finding its voice at key positions. “Leadership doesn’t just come from seniors,” Larry Fedora said. “It can come from anybody that has influence on your team."

North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky finds his comfort zone after early struggles

Mitch Trubisky struggled in his debut as UNC's new starting quarterback but has bounced back nicely the last two games. We caught up with Trubisky as he prepares for a critical game against Pittsburgh. "I'm a lot more comfortable with what I have to do and what's expected of me, and I learned from my mistakes. I'm looking at what I can improve on."

Larry Fedora Live: Explosive Plays Adding Up

UNC’s offense finally started delivering the amount of explosive plays that Larry Fedora expects in Saturday’s 56-28 win over James Madison. An explosive play is defined as a run of 12 yards or more or a pass of 15 yards or more. “We want at least 10 or more explosive plays every game,” Fedora said during his weekly radio show on Tuesday.

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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 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
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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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