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Russell Athletic Bowl Tale of the Tape: UNC-Baylor

Baylor will be missing key cogs to their offense, making it tough to read how much of these numbers Baylor can produce. All-America WR Corey Coleman and RB Shock Linwood accounted for 30 of Baylor's 79 touchdowns this season. Factor in the Bears playing a 3rd string QB with a 39% completion rate, it is unclear how much Baylor can do with what is left. (Tar Heel Blog)

Gene Chizik on the Baylor offense

Gene Chizik on how Baylor's spread offense compares to North Carolina's: "Very similar in terms of tempo. A little different in style. Really similar in terms of trying to run the ball and make that a priority to set up the passing game. Big time receivers. A lot of similarities in the speed element on the perimeter. They are willing to take shots down field with these guys." (Carolina Blue)

Stat Comparison - UNC/Baylor Offense

Every one knows that North Carolina and Baylor have high powered, productive, and efficient offenses. But what does each team do great in different statistical categories? The Bears are top five in two major categories while the Tar Heels are top 25 in six areas. CarolinaBlue dives deeper into the numbers as we compare the two teams' offensive statistics. (Carolina Blue)

Baylor sees inspiration not desperation heading into Russell Athletic Bowl

Injuries are nothing new in college football this time of year. Bumps and bruises accumulate as coaches are forced to utter the mantra, "Next man up." But for the Baylor Bears, the injury bug has been nothing short of a full-on infestation....Rather than wallow in sorrow, players and coaches are taking a different approach to the situation. (Orlando Sentinel)

Julius Peppers more comfortable in second year with Packers

The Green Bay Packers came into this season with a plan for how they wanted to handle Julius Peppers. The 35-year-old pass rusher, who recently made the switch to 3-4 outside linebacker, was coming off a seven-sack campaign with the Packers in 2014, but defensive coordinator Dom Capers at times felt he leaned too heavily on Peppers. This year, he and coach Mike McCarthy set out to balance Peppers' workload. (Green Bay Press-Gazette)

Baylor vs. North Carolina in Russell Athletic Bowl

Both of these teams will feature a starting quarterback that is a big-bodied, powerful runner. Marquis Williams, at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, and Chris Johnson, at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, both bring a power running dimension to their offenses. Williams rushed for over 860 yards. (Bears Illustrated)

Lions' Eric Ebron refused Julius Peppers jersey swap after Hail Mary loss

Lions tight end Eric Ebron planned to swap jerseys with Julius Peppers after the Packers' Week 13 game in Detroit. The two former University of North Carolina stars agreed via text to make it happen. That was before the Hail Mary. (Sporting News)

North Carolina not taking Baylor lightly despite injuries

Larry Fedora isn't buying the fact that a twelfth win is almost a certainty for North Carolina against a wounded Baylor team. "I assure you that [Baylor coach] Art Briles is going to put 11 guys out there that can play," Fedora said following his team's practice Saturday ahead of Tuesday's Russell Athletic Bowl showdown against the Bears. (Orlando Sentinel)

As Part of Bowl Experience, Tar Heels Spend Morning at Give Kids The World Village

Bowl games also give teams opportunities to give back to the local communities where the games are being held, and the Tar Heels did just that on Saturday morning. Members of the Tar Heel football team visited the Give Kids the World Village, located in Central Florida. (Keeping It Heel)

Russell Athletic Bowl Saturday Notebook

UNC's second full day in central Florida was a busy one, as the Tar Heels participated in a trip to Give Kids The World Village, a nonprofit resort that houses sick children and their families for a week of fun in a stress-free environment. Players manned a number of game stations that included football tosses, cornhole and mini-basketball while posing for photos and handing out gifts. (GoHeels.com)

No. 18 Baylor Takes On No. 10 UNC in Orlando

A unique, up-tempo spread attack with origins in Bill Yeoman's `Houston Veer' (perhaps most identifiable by wide splits of receivers and a power running game), Art Briles has honed his offensive system over the past four decades as a high school and collegiate coach; it's a balanced offense, not to be confused with more common pass-heavy spread attacks. (Baylor Bears)

Video: Russell Athletic Bowl - UNC, Baylor at Give Kids The World Village

On December 26, 2015, players from North Carolina and Baylor took a break from preparations for the Russell Athletic Bowl to visit Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Fla., and spend a morning playing games and having fun with children who face life-threatening illnesses. View Video...

Marquise Williams: Overcome

Marquise Williams is overcome. He examines a picture of himself on Senior Day. In it, he stands with his mother, holding a framed jersey minutes before kickoff against Miami. It's hard to describe the look on his face –not smiling, not frowning, but a bit bleary-eyed. Overcome. “Just finished crying,” he says. “Like, 'Wow, I did it,' and this would be my last time playing at Kenan Stadium.” (GoHeels.com)

Why The Bowl Game Versus Baylor Matters

Bowl games carry different meanings for different teams, often depending on the season they've had, the location of the game, the name value of their opponent, and sometimes there's just no rhyme or reason a team either pulls a no-show or tears out of the tunnel ready to rip off opposing heads. In North Carolina's case versus Baylor, it's conceivable nobody really knows what we will see from the Tar Heels. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tar Heels hunting history, not just Bears, at Russell Athletic Bowl

Most college football bowls, with the exception of the two that serve as national playoff semifinals, are little more than exhibition games designed to reward players for a season of hard work, soak some money out of their school’s boosters and provide holiday programming for a certain 24-hour cable sports network. But that won’t be the case for UNC at the Russell Athletic Bowl. (Wilmington Star News)

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