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North Carolina Tar Heels Face an Uphill Climb

North Carolina is only halfway through its 12-game regular-season schedule, but the Tar Heels seem to be playing their third season in one. This latest version of 2015 has 17 votes among “others” to equal No. 29. North Carolina should have No. 23 Duke and No. 25 Pittsburgh worried about its firepower capable of separating the Tar Heels from what for at least now is a three-team race in the ACC Coastal. (Today's U)

UNC Refuses to Look Past Virginia As Pitt Showdown Looms

With some fans eyeing next week’s Thursday night showdown Pittsburgh–one of two teams tied with UNC atop the ACC Coastal Division–it’s worth noting that the Tar Heels still have to face the Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday at Kenan Stadium. Despite coming in to the game as heavy favorites, they refuse to let their focus stray from the task at hand. (

The South's oldest rivalry: UNC and Virginia have met 119 times since 1892

The North Carolina football team’s oldest rival is one who goes unnoticed. Ask any UNC fan who is the Tar Heels’ greatest nemesis, and they’ll likely answer either N.C. State or Duke. Even when Larry Fedora arrived in Chapel Hill prior to the 2012 season, he was unaware of the longstanding tradition between UNC and Virginia. Over the past 123 years, the Tar Heels have met the Cavaliers on the gridiron 119 times. Neither program has played an opponent more than these border adversaries. (Daily Tar Heel)

Trying to slow down QB Marquise Williams keeps Virginia's defense busy in prep for UNC

There's never been a time North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams hasn't been a giant headache for college defenses. Virginia was one of the first teams to experience the full brunt of his impact. The last time U.Va. traveled to Chapel Hill, Williams wasn't quite the quarterback he'd eventually end up being. It was his first game as UNC's full-time starter. (Daily Press)

Malik Simmons is the next man up for UNC football

Next man up. Practice like a starter, even from the second-unit. Cliched, sure. Contrived, perhaps. But to North Carolina cornerback Malik Simmons, the age-old adages couldn’t ring truer. “Oh, it’s real,” he said. “Any second, during the game, during the week — it’s as real as it gets.” For Simmons, reality set in before the season started. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC OT Jon Heck Solidifying the Right Side

Offensive lineman Jon Heck’s collegiate career began abruptly, thrust into the starting right tackle position as a redshirt freshman. “The first year he started, he wasn’t ready,” offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic said this week. Two years and 30 career starts later, Heck finds himself as one of three Tar Heels on ESPN’s midseason All-ACC list. (Inside Carolina)

Brennan Williams Released By Patriots, Will Pursue Dream Of Joining WWE

Brennan Williams is putting away his cleats and lacing up some wrestling boots. The offensive tackle was released from the New England Patriots practice squad Thursday morning and will pursue a career in pro wrestling. The Patriots didn’t feel Williams would be ready to play soon enough after sitting out with a bone bruise in his leg. (NESN)

Six Storylines Heading Into Virginia

Despite Virginia's struggles this season, they have played a plethora of close games. Of their first six games this year, four have been decided by fewer than eight points. The average winning margin across all of their games is 14.3 points. This includes the thriller against Notre Dame when backup quarterback DeShone Kizer completed a 39 yard touchdown with 12 seconds remaining. (Carolina Blue)

UVa running back Reid questionable for UNC game

Virginia running back Albert Reid, injured late in the Cavaliers’ 44-38 victory over Syracuse, has been declared questionable for UVa’s game Saturday at North Carolina. Other players declared out for the game included offensive lineman Sean Karl, fullback Connor Wingo-Reeves, offensive linemen Mike Mooney and Sadiq Olanrewaju, as well as defensive back Divante Walker. (Roanoke Times)

What To Watch For: Virginia

Two of Virginia’s four losses, to Notre Dame and Pitt, are by a touchdown each. Last year in Charlottesville, the Tar Heels trailed for nearly 56 minutes before Mitch Trubisky hit T.J. Thorpe for the go-ahead score, and Carolina prevailed, 28-27. You can bet that the Cavaliers haven’t forgotten that game, particularly as the very player that scored that touchdown is now in a Virginia jersey. (

Kenan Legends: Alge Crumpler To Be Honored Saturday

Former UNC tight end Alge Crumpler will be honored in the first quarter of the football game this weekend vs. Virginia as part of the "Kenan Legends" series. Considered one of the best tight ends in UNC history, Crumpler was a four-year letter winner and captain for the Tar Heels from 1997-2000. He was a three-time All-ACC player, and captured first-team honors as a junior and senior. (

ICTV: UNC's Gene Chizik on Solving the UVa Puzzle

Virginia has faced the 8th toughest scheduled in the nation, according to Jeff Sagarin's ratings system (UNC's scheduled ranks No. 100), with its four losses all coming against formidable opponents (UCLA, Notre Dame, Boise State, Pittsburgh). UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik said the Tar Heels' defense will face a challenge on Saturday. (Inside Carolina)

Turner's Take: Keep The Good Thing Going

Carolina and Virginia will tangle for the 120th time Saturday as the Cavaliers visit Kenan Stadium for a 3:30 kick. Carolina has won five straight against Virginia (having ended a streak of futility in Charlottesville in 2010) and leads the overall series 62-53-4, but this is a rivalry of runs: after UNC won nine straight from 1974 to 1982, Virginia went on to take 20 of the next 27 match-ups. (

UNC-UVa Preview: Cavs Seasoned & Tested

The Cavaliers enter the South’s Oldest Rivalry looking to maintain momentum after a 44-38 overtime victory over Syracuse last week. Mike London’s team is looking for its first win over a quality opponent on a schedule filled with tough competition. While Virginia is just 2-4 on the season, all four of its losses came against teams that have been ranked at some point. (Inside Carolina)

Midseason Stats Check: The Defense

The two standout numbers for the defense are the passing yards allowed which is just 135 yards per game and 5.5 yards per attempt which are both top ten nationally. Granted the caveat there is teams would much rather run the ball against UNC given the state of the rushing defense however the pass defense has still been good. (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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