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Carolina Visits No. 5 Notre Dame Saturday

North Carolina faces No. 5/6 Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 3:30 p.m. At No. 6 in the AP poll, Notre Dame is the highest ranked team the Tar Heels have faced since falling last year at No. 6 South Carolina, 27-10. Notre Dame defeated No. 14 Stanford last Saturday on a touchdown pass on fourth down with just over a minute remaining in the game.

Preview & Prediction: UNC at #6 Notre Dame

The Tar Heels are going to need more things to go right in one game than has gone well all season to win on Saturday. UNC also has nothing to lose while Notre Dame is facing a huge game next weekend against Florida State. Whatever the case, UNC will need any and everything to break right for a shot at upsetting the Irish in South Bend. Prediction: Notre Dame 38 UNC 21

A Chance For Jonathan Cooper

When Jonathan Cooper would see on video the play in which he broke his leg during the 2013 preseason, he was “cringing and stuff,” offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. “You’ve got to get over it,” Goodwin told Cooper. “It’s up to God. If you’re going to get hurt, you’re going to get hurt. Let it go.”

Irish QB Everett Golson first committed to UNC in 2010

The postseason ban and the scholarship reductions are over, but the NCAA investigation into UNC’s football team continues to have ramifications. The next effect will be felt Saturday, when the Tar Heels face quarterback Everett Golson and No. 6 Notre Dame. Golson committed to UNC in 2010 as a high school junior but reopened his recruitment later that year after the NCAA came to Chapel Hill.

Countdown to Kickoff: Notre Dame

North Carolina’s schedule only gets tougher as the Tar Heels look to snap their current three-game losing streak against No. 5 Notre Dame in South Bend on Saturday (3:30pm/NBC). The Fighting Irish (5-0) are 17-point favorites over the Tar Heels, who are 0-6 against the spread as road underdogs under head coach Larry Fedora.

Former UNC standout Giovani Bernard does it all for Cincinnati Bengals

In just his second year in a league that has devalued the running back position, Cincinnati’s Giovani Bernard has earned the starting job for the Bengals, and he’s proven he’s much more than just a rusher. A former standout at North Carolina, Bernard is the only player in the NFL this season with more than 200 rushing yards, more than 150 receiving yards and at least three rushing touchdowns.

Notre Dame v. North Carolina – Key Matchups

Notre Dame kept its undefeated season alive with a 17-14 win over Stanford last Saturday and will look to keep the momentum going when North Carolina visits South Bend. The Irish will have to avoid a let-down in a potential trap game after an emotional win and a showdown with Florida State looming.

Breakin’ It Down: Notre Dame

The 2-3 North Carolina football team hits the road to South Bend this weekend for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Notre Dame. UNC’s last win over a top-10 team was a 31-28 victory over No.4 Miami in 2004. Tar Heel head coach Larry Fedora says he’s looking to make some history Saturday, but will his error-prone Tar Heels be up to the challenge of a smothering Irish defense and an efficient offense?

ACC viewer's guide: Week 7

North Carolina at No. 6 Notre Dame, NBC: The Tar Heels boast plenty of athleticism, especially on offense, and it will be interesting to see if they can crack the code of one of the country's more surprising units of the first half: the Fighting Irish defense, which has overcome massive turnover and a coordinator change to tie for third nationally in scoring average (12 PPG).

UNC quarterback Marquise Williams to face old friend on Saturday

Marquise Williams and Everett Golson go way back. Golson originally committed to UNC and was hoping to work out a deal where he would join Roy Williams on the hardwood after football season. But Golson flipped his commitment. And though things would certainly be different if Golson were donning light blue, that won’t be so when the Tar Heels travel to South Bend, Ind., Saturday.

Bryn Renner Signs with Arizona Rattlers of Arena League

In a quarterback-driven Arena Football League, the Rattlers aren't taking any chances if Nick Davila ever goes down and have signed ex-North Carolina QB Bryn Renner. Renner, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, was on the Maxwell Award watch list in 2013 for top college quarterback in the country. He was an All-ACC honorable mention selection as a junior in 2012, when he set a UNC season record for total yards with 3,394.

Upset-Minded Tar Heels Meet No. 5 Fighting Irish

The North Carolina football team, with a 2-3 record, heads to South Bend to take on an in-form 5-0 Notre Dame squad ranked No. 5 nationally. The two programs will collide for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday afternoon in a nationally televised contest. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson remains in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy in 2014.

UNC plans to keep rotating QBs at No. 6 Notre Dame

North Carolina has one quarterback who is leading the team in rushing, another with less experience and shaky confidence, and an offense that has been inconsistent through the first five games. And yet, the Tar Heels are sticking with their weekly plan to play both heading into No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday.

Tale of the Tape: Notre Dame

The good news is UNC has improved all the way up to 103rd in yards per play allowed. How much of that is what UNC did versus facing questionable opposition is anyone's guess. The Tar Heel defense has shown some signs of improvement but not enough to believe UNC can slow down Notre Dame or anyone for that matter. The Irish defense is a different story. Notre Dame is allowing just 12 points per game.

UNC/Notre Dame Insider Q&A

North Carolina's short passing game and quarterback Marquise Williams's ability to spread the ball around has been UNC's calling card in the past. The basic offensive game plan is to get the get ball into the hands of skilled playmakers in space. The Tar Heels have not been as successful gaining huge chunks of yardage this season, but the threat for big plays is always there.

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
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Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3 5:30 ET ESPN

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10 7:30 ET BTN

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17 3:30 ET RSN

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

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

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