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12 College Football Playoff Sleeper Teams for 2016

North Carolina should open 2016 as the favorite in the Coastal, but there are a few roadblocks to a repeat. The schedule is tougher this season, and the Tar Heels still need more improvement out of their defense. While there are question marks, there is reason to believe North Carolina could be a better team in 2016 than it was last year.

Tar Heels confident offense will stay explosive behind new QB

While Georgia fans sit on pins and needles to see how their quarterback competition unfolds before the Bulldogs’ opener against North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game, the Tar Heels have essentially known who their starter was going to be all along. And everybody is excited about what the offense might look like with Mitch Trubisky as the full-time starter.

Video: Football Flashback - Mick Mixon follows the big boys to the buffet

From the Mack Brown coach's show in 1993, former Tar Heel broadcaster Mick Mixon joins UNC football players Shawn Hocker, Rick Steinbacher, Ethan Albright, and Russell Babb for a trip to the buffet table to see how the big boys eat.

Where Are They Now? Checking in on former UNC WR Erik Highsmith

By the time Erik Highsmith concluded his Tar Heel career he had amassed 166 receptions (4th all-time at UNC), 2,047 receiving yards (8th), and 14 receiving touchdowns (7th). The Vanceboro, N.C. native signed as an undrafted free agent with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings but didn’t make the final roster. Highsmith ultimately decided on his next career move: the United States Army.

Top five plays from UNC's 2015-16 football season

The 2015-6 Tar Heel football season was one to remember. The team's strong offense led the Heels to an 11-3 record, a spot in the ACC Championship game and a number of records for senior QB Marquise Williams. Here are the top five plays for the 2015-6 North Carolina Tar Heels' football season.

10 reasons the ACC could be college football's most entertaining conference

7. North Carolina back in title conversation The Tar Heels won 11 games last season for the first time since 1997, but the 2015 season ended on a sour note with losses to Clemson in the ACC Championship and Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Is North Carolina the favorite to win Coastal Division again?

Top 5 Tar Heel celebrations of the 2015-2016 season

Carolina fans have had plenty to cheer about in the past year. UNC football had the most wins since 1997 and UNC basketball came within one possession of winning a national championship. Join us as we countdown the top 5 celebrations from last year's basketball and football seasons.

New Orleans Saints' Connor Barth shares Superdome memory from when he was 8

New Orleans Saints kicker Connor Barth has a long history with the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Several years before he kicked a winning field goal in overtime in his first game there as an NFL player in 2009, he made another on-field appearance for a Punt, Pass and Kick competition. Barth shared the memory with a message posted to Twitter.

Romar Morris signs with New York Jets

The New York Jets on Tuesday signed running back Romar Morris, an undrafted rookie from North Carolina who had a tryout at rookie minicamp three weeks ago. Morris averaged 4.8 yards per carry and caught 54 passes during his career at UNC. He also returned kickoffs and punts as a freshman, and the Jets have opening for both of those roles.

Landon Turner has big opportunity with New Orleans Saints

Some opportunities created for free agent rookies appear to be more equal than others and Landon Turner, a big man – 6 feet 4, 325 pounds – has a big one squarely staring back at him when he looks at the New Orleans Saints’ roster. Turner was a four-year starter at guard for North Carolina and was named first-team All-American.

UNC Football's Impact Freshmen

UNC is reloading this year thanks to capable veterans and its 2016 recruiting class. The Tar Heels are No. 18 in ESPN's "Way-Too-Early Top 25" ranking and will likely be included in the top 20 of the AP and Coaches Poll when week one comes around. Let's take a look at some of the freshman who will have a huge impact for the Tar Heels this fall.

Shakeel Rashad: Expectations for the 2016 UNC defense

Shakeel Rashad, Jeff Schoettmer, Sam Smiley, and Justin Thomason were all big parts of North Carolina's 2015 defense which helped the Heels to a 11-3 record and the ACC Coastal Division Championship. But Rashad, who spoke recently with CarolinaBlue, thinks that UNC will be even better this season despite the losses in the middle.

Defense will determine the ceiling for UNC football in 2016

Coming off its most successful season since 1997, North Carolina is looking to build off its accomplishments from 2015 and take another step forward this fall. The Tar Heels worked their way onto the national radar last year, posting 11 wins, claiming the ACC’s Coastal Division crown and finishing No. 15 in the AP poll. Going into their 2016 campaign, they won’t be catching anyone off guard.

UNC's Top 30 Football Players Ever: No. 13 Greg Ellis

Greg Ellis was one of the key players on perhaps UNC’s best defense in the modern era. Ellis’ consistent reliability as one of the nation’s top pass rushers was key, but he also made the rest of the Tar Heels' talented line even better. Those two Carolina clubs combined to go 21-3 and finished ranked in the top 10 of the national polls.

UNC's Chances of Reaching the College Football Playoff

Last season, the North Carolina went on a historic tear, finishing the regular season 11-1. They miraculously ascended from an ugly loss to South Carolina to a place in the Playoff conversation. And this year they could find themselves right in the crossfire of the Playoff debate again.

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3 5:30 ET ESPN

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10 7:30 ET BTN

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17 3:30 ET RSN

Full Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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