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Ravens tackle James Hurst has excelled when pressed into duty

At every stop in his young football career, undrafted rookie James Hurst hasn't had much time to settle in before being thrust into a starting role. In both high school and college, it turned out he was ready the moment he walked onto the field, and the Ravens are hoping the same proves true on Sunday when he starts in place of left tackle Eugene Monroe, who underwent knee surgery on Wednesday. (Baltimore Sun)

Who Is James Hurst?

When the Ravens take on the Carolina Panthers Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, undrafted rookie James Hurst is expected to get the start at left tackle in place of the injured Eugene Monroe. The fact that Hurst is slated to make his first NFL start is surprising to many considering he went undrafted five months ago and was one of the most unexpected players to end up on the 53-man roster. (Baltimore Ravens)

Chase Rice On NFL Dreams And NASCAR Victories With Jimmie Johnson

Among those voracious gridiron faithful includes country star Chase Rice, who was on the verge of being an NFL player after making a name for himself as a standout linebacker for the North Carolina Tar Heels between the years 2005-2008. “I played under Butch Davis, John Bunting and Chuck Pagano, who’s now the head coach of the (Indianapolis) Colts, so I still stay in touch with all those guys,” Rice explained during an exclusive interview with Radio.com. (CBS Pittsburgh)

Preview & Prediction: UNC at Clemson

A win against Clemson wasn't something people expected to start the season, and while moral victories are generally worthless, UNC showing signs of turning the caliber of play around would be nice. Larry Fedora's teams have shown great resiliency such as bouncing back from a 1-5 start last season. This game is an opportunity to show some of that now. Prediction: Clemson 43 UNC 21 (Tar Heel Blog)

Q&A with UNC and Clemson Insiders

Defensive end #3 Vic Beasley is a name Tar Heel fans will know by the end of the game Saturday. The Heels won't have an answer to block Beasley Saturday. It will be a challenge to keep him out of the backfield. (Carolina Blue)

Breakin’ It Down: Clemson

North Carolina will travel to Death Valley Saturday looking for their first win on the road at Clemson since 2001. Clemson leads the all-time series 35-19-1, and drubbed UNC 59-38 in the last meeting in 2011. Clemson can ill afford another conference loss, while UNC is in need of a quick turnaround after a demoralizing defeat last weekend. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC prepped for a tangle with the Tigers

Following the loss at ECU, it appeared the most glaring UNC deficiency was on the defensive side of the ball. After all, it’s hard to ignore 789 yards and 70 points. But repairing the defense ahead of Saturday’s date with Clemson wasn’t coach Larry Fedora’s immediate concern. Instead, he began to intensely study the Tigers’ defense, and with good reason. (Carolina Blue)

Lots to fix for Clemson, but Tar Heel morale ‘high’

UNC’s 70-41 loss to East Carolina last Saturday, in which the Pirates set records for points, yards (789) and first downs (39) by a Tar Heel opponent, had many people wondering the last time they had seen such defensive futility. Now the question is how the Tar Heels (2-1) will recover heading into their ACC opener Saturday at Clemson (7:02 p.m., ESPNU) (Durham Herald-Sun)

Defensive debacle doesn't have to sink UNC

Are the Tar Heels still legitimate contenders for the Coastal Division? It’s tougher to make that case today, but we’ll certainly know a lot more after Saturday’s game at Clemson. But regardless, a bowl game and a decent season are certainly within reach as long as the memory of ECU doesn’t linger too long. (ESPN.com)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Clemson

North Carolina hasn’t won its ACC opener on the road since 2000 and will have to elevate its play to break that streak against Clemson in Death Valley on Saturday (7pm, ESPNU). The Tigers (1-2) are 14.5-point favorites over the Tar Heels (2-1). Clemson leads the all-time series, 35-19-1, and has won the last three meetings at Memorial Stadium by an average of 24.7 points. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels Travel To Death Valley Saturday

North Carolina's first conference game of the season figures to be one of its most difficult. The Tar Heels travel to Clemson on Saturday, Sept. 27, for a 7 p.m. nationally-televised game on ESPNU. This is the first time Carolina has opened its ACC slate against Clemson since 1996 when the Tar Heels began the year with a 45-0 victory over the Tigers in Chapel Hill. (GoHeels.com)

Six storylines: UNC vs. Clemson

Will the UNC defense be able to get off the field after third downs? The troubles of the North Carolina defense have been well-documented. UNC is allowing 42 points per game and giving up 548 yards of total offense to their opponents. To make matters worse, UNC is one of only eight teams in the country allowing opponents to convert over 50 percent of their third downs. (Carolina Blue)

Caleb Pressley Continues to Be Completely Insane

Now that Caleb Pressley has moved to being the signal caller for the offense and wearing the NFL jersey of former Tar Heels on the sideline, the national media has taken notice. USA Today's Nicole Auerbach did a feature on Pressley who has declared himself the "Supervisor of Morale" for UNC football. Speaking of the NFL jerseys, if Pressley doesn't wear Gio Bernard's Cincinnati Bengals jersey for the NC State game, he's doing it wrong. (Tar Heel Blog)

Clemson vs. UNC Game Preview and Prediction

Both teams should have plenty to prove after last week’s losses, but unless North Carolina can solve its defensive concerns, this game is shaping up to be a Clemson blowout. Expect plenty of points, but Clemson’s defense gets enough stops for a runaway win by the Tigers in the fourth quarter. Prediction: Clemson 45, UNC 20 (Athlon Sports)

ACC football preview capsules

The Tar Heels, looking to regroup after last week’s beatdown at East Carolina, head to Death Valley to take on a Clemson team whose true freshman QB Deshaun Watson makes his first career start. Watson threw for 266 yards off the bench against Florida State last week, the most ever by a Tiger freshman. Prediction: Clemson 45, UNC 31 (Wilmington Star News)

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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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