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What to watch in the ACC: Week 14

For Duke, a win secures history. It would be the Blue Devils’ first trip to the ACC title game as well as their first 10-win season. Standing in Duke’s way, however, is red-hot North Carolina, which has won five games in a row. Should the Tar Heels win -- and they’re actually favored -- the Coastal Division becomes a complete mess, with as many as five teams staking a claim to a share of the division title. (

Larry Fedora Radio Show Quotes

Larry Fedora: "I would like Thanksgiving a whole lot more if it didn’t fall during the season. It’s tough when you’ve got to prepare a football team to play on Saturday. I don’t want to sound like a scrooge but I’m more concerned with that football team and being successful on Saturday. I don’t understand why you can’t be thankful every day of the year and why you’ve got to do it once." (Inside Carolina)

Audio: Ryan Switzer Interview

With the matchup with rival Duke looming this Saturday, UNC's Ryan Switzer was a guest on The David Glenn Show. (ACC Sports Journal)

ACC predictions: Week 14

North Carolina vs. Duke: This is one of the toughest games to call on the weekend. Duke has proven itself to be worthy of a Coastal Division championship with seven straight wins -- including victories over Miami and Virginia Tech. North Carolina is surging, too, with five straight wins to clinch bowl eligibility. AA picks: Duke 31, North Carolina 28; HD picks: North Carolina 28, Duke 24 (

ACC Week 14 Preview and Predictions

Duke at North Carolina (Noon ET, ESPN2): The Tar Heels have won five in a row and can spoil the Blue Devils’ Coastal Division title hopes with a victory. Not only is Duke a win away from playing in the conference championship, it needs a victory to set a school record for most wins in a season. North Carolina’s offense has been on a tear over the last five games, averaging 44 points per contest in that span. (Athlon Sports)

Duke Victory Bell Videos ‘Getting Old’ for Ryan Switzer

Freshman sensation Ryan Switzer says he’s getting tired of Coach Fedora’s motivational tactics. He says those videos, of the Duke team spray painting the Victory Bell after last season’s defeat, are getting old. “It gets tiring looking at it on the TV’s all day-in the weight room, training room, and locker room. It gets old. I just can’t wait for Saturday to get here,” Switzer says. (

Broncos need Sylvester Williams to grow up fast

The Denver Broncos had high hopes in training camp that Sylvester Williams would be an immediate part of the defensive rotation up front, especially in some pass-rush situations, but that hasn’t materialized. He has struggled at times to hold his ground and not surrender a gap against the bigger, stronger, often quicker guards he has faced at the NFL level. (

Video: Tuesday Football Post-Practice Interviews

North Carolina seniors James Hurst, A.J.Blue and Durham native T.J. Thorpe breakdown the upcoming rivalry game showdown with Duke. (View Video...)

The North Carolina Five

The Uniform Athlete Agents Act was a bill drafted 13 years ago at the urging of the N.C.A.A. The drafters were members of something called the Uniform Law Commission, whose job it is to propose model legislation that the states can then adopt if they so choose. Today, 41 states have the law, or some variant of it, on their books. (New York Times)

North Carolina-Duke Preview

This will be the 100th meeting between these schools, and the Blue Devils ended an eight-game losing streak against the Tar Heels with a 33-30 home win last Oct. 20. North Carolina leads the all-time series 58-37-4. Beat the Tar Heels (6-5, 4-3), and Duke (9-2, 5-2) will have the Coastal Division title all to itself and will face No. 2 Florida State in its first ACC title game. (Yahoo! Sports)

Battle for the Bell

With a win over Carolina, Duke can secure the Coastal Division crown and a spot in the ACC Championship game. Carolina would love to play the role of spoiler, but foremost on their minds is getting a seventh win and recapturing the Victory Bell. Saturday’s meeting will be the 100th between the two programs. Let’s take a look back at some of the more intriguing matchups in the last 25 years. (

ACC upset watch: Week 14

No. 24 Duke (9-2, 5-2) at North Carolina (6-5, 4-3). The Coastal-leading and BCS-ranked Blue Devils are the underdog in this game. We can hear folks in Durham chanting, "No Respect!" Both teams are hot, but Duke is hotter, having won seven straight for the first time since 1994. Duke has not won consecutive meetings against North Carolina since 1987-89. (

Tar Heels In The NFL/CFL: Week 12

Though this is an update on Tar Heels in the NFL, it's a special occasion that warrants mentioning Tar Heels in the CFL. Former QB Darian Durant led the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a 45-23 victory in the 101st Grey Cup (Canada's equivalent of the Super Bowl). Durant completed 17 of his 24 passes, threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns, and had seven rushes for 26 yards. (

Robert Quinn leads race for Defensive Player of the Year

The last time a member of the St. Louis Rams won the Defensive Player of the Year award was ... never. No member of the Los Angeles Rams won it either, since the AP starting giving it out in 1971. This could be the year that changes if defensive end Robert Quinn keeps pounding away at quarterbacks at his current clip. (Turf Show Times)

UNC, Duke to battle for Victory Bell

When North Carolina stole the head of Duke’s mascot last year, for many it was considered the ultimate rivalry gutpunch. But this weekend, UNC will try to reclaim a more traditional symbol of the rivalry — the Victory Bell. Rick Brewer, UNC’s sports information director emeritus, said the tradition was started in 1948 by Duke cheerleader Loring Jones and UNC cheerleader Norman Spear. (Daily Tar Heel)

Speedy Switzer epitomizes Tar Heel football turnaround

Several of the Tar Heels’ young players finally started figuring things out. Not just Ryan Switzer, who has returned four punts for touchdowns in the past three games; but on the offensive line, where the Tar Heels have been starting two freshmen; and all over the defense; and at quarterback, where Marquise Williams’ role was growing even before Bryn Renner was lost for the season. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Darian Durant savours sweet victory

Darian Durant’s first cigar couldn’t have tasted any better. “I was told to not inhale and that’s what I’m trying to do,’’ Durant said after the Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23 in Sunday’s Grey Cup game at Mosaic Stadium. (Regina Leader-Post)

Eric Ebron Named A Mackey Award Finalist

The Friends of John Mackey has announced three finalists for the 2013 John Mackey Award. Listed alphabetically, they are Eric Ebron (Jr., North Carolina), Nick O'Leary (Jr., Florida State) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Jr., Washington). A native of Greensboro, N.C., Ebron leads the Tar Heels in receptions and receiving yards. (

Postgame Chalkboard: Searching for Negatives

Eighty points. In three quarters. Along the way, UNC reminded its fans of just what Larry Fedora’s offense can look like when it gets rolling. Even against an opponent as weak as Old Dominion, that level of efficiency requires outstanding execution and further illustrates how much this Carolina team has improved over the course of the year. (Inside Carolina)

Relevant Rivalry Game on Tap

Rarely has the North Carolina-Duke season finale generated legitimate interest across the ACC landscape. That will change on Saturday as the Tar Heels look to ruin the 24th-ranked Blue Devils’ plans for an ACC title game appearance next week. With its win over Wake Forest on Saturday, Duke has won nine games in a season for the first time since 1941. (Inside Carolina)

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Last Game:
North Carolina: 30
Virginia Tech: 27
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Miami (FL)0
at Pittsburgh0
FRI, NOV 27 12:00 PM ET
at South Carolina0
SAT, NOV 28 12:00 PM ET
Virginia Tech0
at Virginia0
SAT, NOV 28 12:00 PM ET
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, NOV 28 12:00 PM ET
at Kentucky0
SAT, NOV 28 12:00 PM ET
Boston College0
at Syracuse0
SAT, NOV 28 12:30 PM ET
at Wake Forest0
SAT, NOV 28 12:30 PM ET
North Carolina0
at NC State0
SAT, NOV 28 3:30 PM ET
Florida State0
at Florida0
SAT, NOV 28 7:30 PM ET
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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(11) North Carolina7-010-1
Virginia Tech3-45-6
Georgia Tech1-73-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-011-0
(14) Florida State6-29-2
NC State3-47-4
Wake Forest1-63-8
Boston College0-73-8

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