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Quick Lane Bowl: Which defense, North Carolina or Rutgers, will step up?

Rutgers and North Carolina each allow more than 30 points per game, so the Quick Lane Bowl has the potential to be a high-scoring affair. The Scarlet Knights (7-5), in their first season in the Big Ten, overcame a defense that gave up 30.9 points per game and managed to win seven games, including three in conference play.

Quick Lane Bowl Preview: UNC vs Rutgers

The Tar Heels will attempt to end a roller coaster season on a high note in the Quick Lane Bowl against B1G foe Rutgers. UNC will also be looking to finish with a winning record for a seventh straight season and collect a second straight bowl win which hasn't happened since the Mack Brown era. Prediction: UNC 42 Rutgers 35

UNC hopes quick start leads to Quick Lane win

Film study will show Rutgers’ guys that UNC’s defense could become particularly vulnerable if the Scarlet Knights land the first punches Friday during the Quick Lane Bowl. UNC (6-6) needs this game to ensure a winning season. The Tar Heels have a demonstrated ability for finding the end zone with an offense that’s averaging 425.4 total yards and 34.2 points per game.

5 keys to the Rutgers-North Carolina game

If you like high-scoring games, you'll be in for a treat with the Quick Lane Bowl. Rutgers (7-5) and North Carolina (6-6) give up yards and points in bunches, which should lead to a shootout at Ford Field on Friday (4:30 p.m., ESPN). With a month to game plan, the offenses should have a few added wrinkles, but look for both teams to play to their strengths.

Larry Fedora guides UNC through turmoil to success

There's no doubt the Tar Heels can put up some big numbers. The only problem, and it's a big one, is they have trouble stopping teams, allowing 39 points per game. Larry Fedora plans to take advantage of the extra practice the bowl game gives the Tar Heels to prepare for the future as much as the game itself. "There's no doubt it will benefit us," said Fedora of the added practices.

Tar Heels look for solace in bowl game

North Carolina, which entered the season with aspirations of an ACC Coastal Division title, views Friday’s matchup with Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit as a chance to look past this season's shortcomings just a little bit in order to finish on a stronger note. But make no mistake, Ryan Switzer knows one game won’t erase all the imperfections.

Quick Lane Bowl Preview Capsule

Rutgers is trying to reach eight wins for the seventh time in nine seasons — a solid enough debut season in the Big Ten. The Tar Heels can secure their seventh straight winning season with a victory.

Marquise Williams a 2015 Heisman Hopeful?

We're not even close to halfway through the 2014 bowl season, but its never too early to start talking about next year's Heisman hopefuls. One name that has appeared on many lists is UNC junior quarterback Marquise Williams.

Quick Lane Bowl or Quick Score Bowl? Rutgers and UNC should light up the scoreboard

For openers, understand that North Carolina runs a play every 12 seconds. That’s not hurry-up offense. That’s a where-did-they-go-and-why-did-I-blink offense. You could miss a 70-yard touchdown pass if you simply bend down to tie your shoe. The adrenaline for this approach comes from the quarterback, a fellow named Marquise Williams, and he comes by it honestly.

UNC Football Motivated in the Motor City

The Tar Heel football team takes its 6-6 record up to the Motor City to take on the 7-5 Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the Quick Lane Bowl held at the home of the Detroit Lions: Ford Field. For UNC, a win would be a decent consolation prize on a season that kicked off with a disappointing 2-4 start.

North Carolina defense has one more chance to redeem itself in Quick Lane Bowl

One player cites a lack of effort for North Carolina's defensive woes this season. Another attributes the Tar Heels' failures to poor starts that created a "shellshocked'' mentality in many games. Either way, the end result was the worst showing by a UNC defense in history that cost associate head coach for defense Vic Koenning his job earlier this month.

Piscataway and Chapel Hill mayors make wager on Rutgers-North Carolina bowl game

The mayors of Piscataway and Chapel Hill, N.C., have placed a friendly wager on the Rutgers-North Carolina matchup in Friday's Quick Lane Bowl (4:30 p.m., ESPN). The stakes: the losing team's mayor will wear the opposing team's jersey at the first council meeting of 2015.

Rutgers wary of Marquise Williams on offense

Football obviously isn’t anything close to an individual game, but the defensive game plans for both Rutgers and North Carolina will center around one opposing player for Friday’s Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field. Each defense knows the key to containing the other offense is to slow down the quarterback, in this case Marquise Williams of UNC and Gary Nova of Rutgers.

Bowl Preview: UNC vs Rutgers

North Carolina (6-6) takes on Rutgers (7-5) on Friday, December 26th at 4:30 in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, Michigan. The matchup pins two middle of the road Big Five conference teams looking for a win to close out the season. In the their first season in the BIG 10, the Scarlet Knights went 3-5 in conference with wins over Michigan, Indiana, and Maryland.

Gastonia's Otis looks to shake off season of struggle with UNC bowl victory

When the 2014 University of North Carolina football season began, the Tar Heels were ranked, had high hopes of an ACC title and senior linebacker Norkeithus Otis was on the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list. For Gastonia’s Otis, all those hopes and expectations unraveled in one false step as he was prepping for his season-opener in late August.

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