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Wake Forest defense counting on youngsters and seniors alike

Dave Clawson has never missed a moment to thank his seniors for their roles in the early stages of the second-year coach’s renovation of Wake Forest football. This is about more than simple tone-setting, though. And about more than seasoned players’ loyalties being rewarded. Defensively, Clawson has asked plenty from his seniors. (ESPN.com)

Clawson: Carolina game "really, really important"

There have been coaches pass through the ACC who downplayed the significance of a rivalry, citing the guise that all conference results count the same. Coach Dave Clawson of Wake Forest is not one to deny the obvious. Leading up to Saturday’s game at North Carolina set for 7:04 p.m. at Kenan Stadium, Clawson was more than forthcoming about what a victory by the Deacons would mean for the team, the program and perhaps most of all, the school’s fan base. (Winston-Salem Journal)

UNC Hosts Wake Forest In ACC Home Opener

Seeking its first 2-0 start in ACC play since 1997, Carolina faces Wake Forest on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Kenan Stadium. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be televised on the Regional Sports Network. Wake enters Saturday’s game 3-3 overall after a hard fought 3-0 win last week at Boston College. The Deacons are among the nation’s leaders in total defense, allowing just 296.0 yards per game. (GoHeels.com)

Kenan Legends: Quincy Monk To Be Honored Saturday

Former UNC linebacker Quincy Monk will be honored in the first quarter of the football game this weekend vs. Wake Forest as part of the new "Kenan Legends" series. Monk was a senior on the 2001 squad that won the Peach Bowl over Auburn. Saturday's game vs. Wake Forest is UNC's annual Cancer Awareness Game and, unfortunately, Monk has been affected by this terrible disease. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels, Demon Deacons enter football matchup with alternating profiles

Two teams with contrasting profiles meet Saturday night at Kenan Stadium when Wake Forest visits North Carolina. Wake Forest has turned in some special defensive performances in a couple of narrow victories. North Carolina has cranked up its offense. “Being in a close game for them doesn’t scare them,” North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said of the Demon Deacons, who last week survived in a 3-0 decision at Boston College. (Burlington Times-News)

Style Clash: High-Powered UNC Offense Meets Stingy Wake Forest Defense

When UNC and Wake Forest meet on the gridiron this Saturday night at Kenan Stadium an old, tired cliché will ring true. An unstoppable force—the Tar Heel offense—will collide with an immovable object—the Demon Deacon defense. “They’re gonna fight you all the way to the end,” UNC Head Coach Larry Fedora said about Wake Forest. “There’s no doubt about it. They’re really good on defense. I mean, they’re 15th in the country in total defense right now.” (Chapelboro.com)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Wake Forest

North Carolina enters Saturday’s primetime matchup with Wake Forest as a heavy favorite with intentions of moving to 2-0 in ACC play for the first time since 1997 and for only the third time since 1984. The Tar Heels (4-1, 1-0 ACC) are a 17-point favorite over the Demon Deacons (3-3, 1-2 ACC). That is UNC’s largest point spread as a favorite against an ACC opponent since 2012 (-25 vs. Maryland). (Inside Carolina)

Jarrod James Partners With Single Fathers Due To Cancer

UNC football student coach Jarrod James has developed a program to recognize Single Fathers Due To Cancer at this weekend's cancer awareness game vs. Wake Forest. James, who played for the Tar Heels in 2012 and 2013, took a medical hardship following his sophomore season due to a neck injury. Despite his shortened playing career, James has always been a leader in UNC's outreach projects. (GoHeels.com)

Recruiting Storylines: UNC vs Wake Forest

UNC and Wake Forest have rarely had fierce competition for a prospect on the recruiting trail. It’s not that the two schools don’t recruit from the same talent pool, because they do – it’s that usually a UNC offer erases the chance Wake Forest has with the prospect. Still, though, both rosters include players who could have just as easily been standing on the opposite sideline on Saturday night. (Inside Carolina)

UNC puts 4-game winning streak on line against Wake Forest

No ACC team moves the football as well as North Carolina. That presents an entirely different problem for Wake Forest. The Tar Heels — and the league's best offense — will try to start conference play 2-0 for the first time in 18 years on Saturday when they play host to the Demon Deacons. The Tar Heels (4-1, 1-0) lead the league with averages of 38.6 points and 471 total yards. (Associated Press)

Ethan Albright finds himself on the opposite side of his family's high school and college loyalties

Ethan Albright is football royalty at Grimsley. He was a standout there in the late 1980s before earning a scholarship to Carolina, where he would become a first-team All-ACC tackle. And then Albright would play for 16 years in the NFL, gaining notoriety as a long snapper on special teams, probably the greatest long snapper in NFL history. He’s on the ballot this year for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Greensboro News & Record)

Spurrier and the North Carolina Job? We’ll Never Know

The 2004 season began poorly for UNC in Bunting’s fourth year as coach-at one point the Tar Heels were 3-4 and appeared headed for a third straight losing season. Key people in Chapel Hill began to put out feelers for a new coach. I am told Spurrier was interested. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Preview: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

Quarterback Marquise Williams is not a gifted passer, but can be a terror if he gets in the open field. He is completing 63.1% of his passes on the year, but he is averaging a whopping 7.86 yards/carry. He's actually averaging more yards per carry than yards per passing attempt. Against Georgia Tech, he completed just 54% of his passes, but ran for 148 yards on just 15 attempts. (Blogger So Dear)

Two from UNC football team charged with assault

Two UNC football players were charged with assault Thursday night and suspended from the team for their role in an incident at a Franklin Street apartment in the wee hours of Oct. 4. Sophomore cornerback M.J. Stewart Jr., 20, of Arlington, Va. and freshman Michael Hughes, 18, a cornerback from New Bern, are linked to what the incident report describes as a forcible attack. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Wake Forest

Statistically, this will be a strength-on-strength battle when UNC is on offense facing the Demon Deacon defense. Wake Forest is ranked 15th in yards per game allowed and 36th in yards per play allowed. The best defense UNC has seen to date is Illinois which is 32nd and 28th respectively. The Demon Deacons have held teams to fewer than four yards per rushing attempt and 6.6 yards per pass attempt. (Tar Heel Blog)

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Maryland30
at Boston College36
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NC State41
at Vanderbilt17
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Temple26
at Wake Forest34
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Pittsburgh24
at Northwestern31
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#17 West Virginia14
at #23 Miami31
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Arkansas24
at #16 Virginia Tech35
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#12 Stanford25
at North Carolina23
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#10 Michigan32
at #8 Florida State33
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#14 LSU29
at #20 Louisville9
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Georgia Tech33
at Kentucky18
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#6 Ohio State0
at #1 Clemson31
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#1 Clemson35
at #2 Alabama31
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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6


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