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Man of steel: Sturdy Julius Peppers still chasing QBs, Super Bowl ring

In 14 NFL seasons – and counting – Julius Peppers has never had an injury that required surgery. In a business where knee scopes have become as routine as an annual flu shot, Peppers is the anomaly. “I joke with him sometimes that he’s a man of steel, and he can’t be injured,” Carey said. “He assures me that it’s really his experience that helps him avoid injury.” (

Gene Chizik is only concerned with the future of the North Carolina defense

Ten years had passed between defensive coordinator jobs. Admittedly, Gene Chizik needed to relearn the game for one pretty big reason: Offenses today look nothing like offenses did in 2006. So when he arrived at North Carolina in January, he got to work, putting in 18-hour days studying, learning and improving. When coaches left the office in time to have dinner with their families, Chizik stayed past 11 p.m. (

Nick Weiler Named To Groza Top 20 List

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has released the 20 semifinalists for the 2015 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, and UNC junior Nick Weiler is among those honored. These twenty kickers have all excelled throughout the season in earning their places as semifinalists. Weiler has excelled in his first full season as the starting place-kicker for UNC. (

Art’s Angle: Heaven Awaits

Duke will be madder than hell while knocking on Blue Heaven’s door at high noon Saturday, another strange starting time for one of the biggest games of the season that deservedly belongs in the 3:30 or later TV slots. The annual Battle for the Bell (reclaimed with a sloppy and expensive paint job last year) will be nationally televised on ESPN2. (

UNC-Duke Preview: Devils Moving Forward

The Blue Devils enter the battle for the Victory Bell still seething from last weekend’s controversial loss to Miami. This is a Duke team that will be playing for its season, with more than enough motivation on its side. The Victory Bell, control of its destiny in the Coastal, and revenge for last year’s Thursday night 45-20 beatdown by UNC will all serve to fire up the Blue Devils. (Inside Carolina)

Chizik has Tar Heels believing on defense

Gene Chizik, who won his first national championship when he was a defensive coordinator at Texas in 2005, employed his 4-3 defense at Chapel Hill, but more importantly instilled confidence in his players. “He’s great with strategy, but it’s more about the mindset he brings to the defensive unit on a daily basis,” North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora said. (FOX Sports)

Looking Back On Pitt

The Tar Heels proved that they are a forced to be reckoned with in the ACC en route to their 26-19 victory over the nationally-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers. Their fourth consecutive conference win and seventh straight on the season was not picture-perfect, but it demonstrated the team’s tight cohesiveness and perseverance through adversity. (

Gridlock beyond the gridiron: what faculty and students don't know about parking at UNC

Thousands will show up for the football game this Saturday. But how many faculty and students will not show up to research, work or even study because they don’t know they can access campus parking?The Facebook page for biology professor Mark Peifer’s research lab lit up last week when his post showed a bike rack in front of the Genome Sciences Building, closed for a Rams Club reception. (Daily Tar Heel)

Fedora, Chizik talk Duke Rivalry and Preparation

Stakes are high as Carolina and Duke are jockeying for position atop the ACC Coastal Division. Larry Fedora and Gene Chizik spoke to the media in preparation for the rivalry game on Saturday. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Familiar with Sirk’s Skillset

Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk is one of five quarterbacks among Power 5 schools leading his team in both passing and rushing yards. North Carolina’s defense has some familiarity with a former member of that unique quarterback club. UNC’s Marquise Williams was one of seven quarterbacks in 2014 to lead his team in both rushing and passing yards. (Inside Carolina)

Dream matchup: A look at UNC's Marquise Williams against Duke's Jeremy Cash

The Duke-North Carolina football game on Saturday is a big one for all the reasons everyone already knows about: It will play a pivotal role in deciding the Coastal Division, and it could be a big step for North Carolina or a massive rebound for Duke. But the game will also be a battle between two of the best, and most versatile, players in the ACC: Duke defensive back Jeremy Cash and North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams. (Greensboro News & Record)

Duke football turns focus to UNC after Miami debacle

The Blue Devils (6-2, 3-1 ACC) enter Saturday one game behind the No. 21 Tar Heels (7-1, 4-0) in the ACC Coastal Division standings thanks to a 30-27 loss against the Hurricanes. The game's finish generated national attention and much debate after Miami scored with no time left on a kickoff return that featured eight laterals. (Fayetteville Observer)

Big games loom as Tar Heels enter crucial stretch

Two goals were set for UNC football before the season: Win the state of North Carolina and win the ACC Coastal Division. At 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the ACC, a win over Duke on Saturday will bring them closer to both. Running back Elijah Hood spoke in Monday's press conference about the importance of the Duke game and how the he is approaching it. (Carolina Blue)

UNC not in playoff rankings, player reactions

On Tuesday evening the first college football rankings were released. North Carolina, who stand at 7-1 and undefeated in the ACC, were not ranked in the top 25. The Tar Heels are No. 21 in both the AP and Coaches Poll. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Left Out of CFP Top 25, But Should It Have Been?

When you start comparing resumes of teams in the poll versus what UNC has done so far this season, the Tar Heels' body of work is similar to other teams, most notably #15 Oklahoma. The opening loss to South Carolina hangs like an albatross around UNC's neck. There are still four media members who did not rank UNC in the top 25, even after their road win at then-ranked Pitt. (Tar Heel Blog)

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

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2 TBD

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9 TBD

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16 TBD

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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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