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Communication is key for beleaguered UNC DBs

Virginia Tech is 90th in the country in passing efficiency and quarterback Michael Brewer has an ACC-high 10 interceptions. Still, North Carolina safety Tim Scott is expecting the Hokies to test the Tar Heels secondary when the teams meet today at Kenan Stadium (12:30 p.m., ACC Network). “I wouldn’t be surprised if they came out passing the ball the first couple drives,” Scott said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

It's now or never for the North Carolina Tar Heels

The reason the Virginia Tech game is pivotal for UNC is because the Hokies may be the most vulnerable team the Tar Heels see in the next five weeks. Despite their upset of Ohio State earlier this season, the Hokies have struggled with consistency. With three of the next four games on the road, UNC’s best bet to win is against the Hokies. (Fayetteville Observer)

Preview & Prediction: UNC vs Virginia Tech

North Carolina vs Virginia Tech, 12:30 PM, ACC Network: It is tough to characterize the fifth game of the season as a must-win but this one probably is for UNC. While winning the Coastal Division appears to be a far off possibility at this point, getting to six wins and qualifying for a bowl is very much in the realm of possibility. Prediction: UNC 27 Virginia Tech 21 (Tar Heel Blog)

Winning the big plays

Against Virginia Tech, North Carolina will catch a bit of a break on big pass plays. The Hokies are a run-heavy team, relying on freshman running back Marshawn Williams, and until last game, Shai McKenzie. McKenzie tore his ACL against Western Michigan and is done for the season. Williams put up more than 100 yards against Western Michigan. (Carolina Blue)

Lions rookie Eric Ebron starts himself in Fantasy Football

Eric Ebron's fantasy football team -- "E"bron not "L"ebron -- is winless through four games,. Ebron, the Detroit Lions' rookie tight end, said he started himself in the team's fantasy football league last week, when he caught three passes and scored his first career touchdown. Ebron, the Lions' first-round pick out of UNC, said he took himself in the last round of the team's fantasy draft. (Detroit Free Press)

Hokies look to continue their good run against the Tar Heels

The Hokies (3-2, 0-1 ACC) finally got their ground game going, with 221 rushing yards in the second half of a comfortable win. The question now is whether they can carry that over against ACC competition. The run game could hold the key again today at North Carolina, a matchup between teams trying to get out of the Coastal Division cellar that might be a battle of wills when it comes to tempo. (Roanoke Times)

Virginia Tech-North Carolina preview: Hokies could use run game to slow Heels

This season, Virginia Tech is the only power-five conference team to allow more plays of 20 or more yards than North Carolina. Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster said this week the problem is “not the scheme. It’s executing the defense.” (Washington Post)

Video: Packers' Julius Peppers Returns Interception for TD, Does Lambeau Leap

In the second quarter, Ponder was hit while throwing, sending the ball right to Julius Peppers. Peppers then ran 49 yards all the way for his first touchdown with the Packers. (Bleacher Report)

N.C.A.A. Fan Map: How the Country Roots for College Football (corrected version)

Since we first published these maps Friday morning, Facebook discovered a coding error with its data. The corrected data has the biggest impact on the North Carolina Tar Heels, which had no territory in the initial data and now dominates its state. (New York Times)

Breakin’ It Down: UNC-Virginia Tech

This game promises to be a tight affair. Carolina clearly has an edge on offense, but the Hokies have a big advantage on the defensive side of the football. The question is…which side will win out? If history tells us anything, this one will be close on the scoreboard. Three of the last six meetings have been decided by a field goal. Prediction: UNC 35, VT 31 (Chapelboro.com)

Preview: Five things to know for VT-North Carolina

Virginia Tech managed only 48 yards rushing against North Carolina last year. Before you dismiss this stat and say UNC is worse defensively now, consider how similar the circumstances were to this year’s matchup. In 2013, UNC headed into Blacksburg on a two-game losing streak with an 0-1 conference record. The week before, North Carolina had suffered a 55-31 loss to ECU in which they had allowed 603 total yards. (CSN Washington)

According to the New York Times, UNC Fans Don't Exist

Here is your oddity for a Friday afternoon. The New York Times put together a very cool interactive map breaking down the college football rooting interests of every zip code in the United States based on Facebook likes. As the mothership notes, there are some flaws. The issue here is not that UNC was second to NC State or Duke. UNC is simply not represented at all. (Tar Heel Blog)

Carolina Hosts Virginia Tech On Military Appreciation Day

North Carolina looks to even its record in conference play when the Tar Heels welcome Virginia Tech to Kenan Stadium for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff on the ACC Network. The Tar Heels (2-2, 0-1 ACC) are coming off a 50-35 loss at Clemson. Virginia Tech (3-2, 0-1 ACC) defeated Western Michigan last week in Blacksburg, 35-17. (GoHeels.com)

Countdown to Kickoff: Virginia Tech

North Carolina’s path to snapping a two-game losing streak and establishing traction in the ACC Coastal Division runs through Virginia Tech on Saturday (12:30pm, ACCN). The Hokies (3-2) are a 3-point favorite over the Tar Heels (2-2). The Hokies lead the all-time series 19-11-6, including an 8-2 edge as ACC Coastal Division rivals. (Inside Carolina)

Six storylines: UNC vs. Virginia Tech

The Tar Heels return to Chapel Hill to take on Virginia Tech in their first Coastal Division match up of the season. CarolinaBlue intern Kegan Lowe broke down the six storylines to watch when the game kicks off Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC Network. 1. Can UNC stop shooting themselves in the foot with penalties in all three phases of the game? (Carolina Blue)

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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 TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10 TBD

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9


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