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'A big first step' for UNC against Georgia

Last year, the sleeping giant stumbled in the second week, marched through 11 straight opponents to an ACC Coastal Division title and came up one onside kick short of getting in the conversation about the College Football Playoff. Now, the Tar Heels are talking about finishing the job this season, and it begins Saturday with a victory over the Bulldogs in Atlanta.

UNC defensive line views Georgia game as chance to prove itself

North Carolina knows it. Georgia knows it. You know it. The matchup between the two schools on Saturday is essentially a referendum on whether the Tar Heels have figured out how to stop the run. There is no better test than trying to shut down Nick Chubb, one of the best running backs in the game.

UGA-UNC: Who has the edge?

Offensive Edge: North Carolina; Defensive Edge: Georgia; Overall: Georgia - The Tar Heels have plenty of offensive firepower so this figures to be a game of trading scores. Georgia hasn’t fared well in too many big games in recent years, but the Bulldogs will pull this one out against a leaky run defense.

No. 22 Tar Heels Open 2016 In Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game

Carolina and Georgia will face off for the first time in more than 40 years when the teams meet to open the 2016 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sept. 3, at 5:30 p.m. UNC enters the game ranked No. 20 in the Coaches Poll and No. 22 in the AP Top 25. Georgia enters No. 16 in the coaches poll and No. 18 in the AP poll.

Position Comparisons: UGA Offense vs. UNC Defense

UGA QB: Greyson Lambert is more of a game manager than a playmaker. He's going to help Georgia get in the right play and out of bad ones. UNC Defense: The front seven has talent but remains unproven. The linebackers are inexperienced but athletic. The secondary could be the best in the ACC --- two lockdown corners and two veteran safeties.

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Georgia

North Carolina opens its 2016 season with yet another opportunity to grab national headlines when it plays No. 18 Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday. High-profile season openers have not been kind to the Tar Heels over the past two decades. UNC is 0-8 in openers against Power 5 conference opponents, dating back to 1997.

The “Heels” and the “Dawgs:” a storied rivalry

UNC will kick off the 2016 football season against the Georgia Bulldogs in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on September 3rd at 5:30 PM on ESPN. The “Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game” will mark the thirty-first meeting between the two old rivals in a series that dates back to 1895. Hugh Morton collection volunteer Jack Hilliard takes a look back at this historic series.

Video: UNC Football - Nick Weiler Kicking It Up a Notch

After setting a new single season scoring record last year, North Carolina kicker Nick Weiler is poised for an even bigger senior season.

Upset-minded Tar Heels ready for UGA challenge

Every player on No. 22 North Carolina's team believes it can upset No. 18 Georgia and finally start the season with a monumental win. "They expect to win," head coach Larry Fedora said. "I don't know if they know who's favored or not, I don't know who's favored or not. None of that really matters because when you get in the game, you've got to play."

Georgia begins Kirby Smart era against rising Tar Heels

Longtime Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will take the sideline as a head coach for the first time when the No. 18 Bulldogs open the season Saturday against No. 22 North Carolina in Atlanta at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Smart downplayed his debut and wants his players to treat it as just another game. Good luck with that.

UNC-Georgia Players to Watch

On Saturday, the North Carolina Tar Heels will match up against the Georgia Bulldogs on an essentially home field neutral field in Atlanta. This is arguably one of the toughest opponents UNC will face this year. This game will feature a lot of top tier talent, so we thought we would narrow it down and take a look at the players to watch for this game.

UNC will Win/Lose If...

UNC will win if Mitch Trubisky can extend drives with his feet. Trubisky was effective at getting outside of the pocket to convert on key downs in his relief duties the past two seasons. UNC will lose if Nick Chubb and Co. gain at least 200 rushing yards. Last year UNC allowed South Carolina to rush for 254 yards, Clemson 319, and Baylor steamrolled to 645 yards.

Chansky’s Notebook: The Right Timing?

Are the Tar Heels underdogs or not? Let’s see, Carolina opens the season Saturday ranked No. 22 against No. 18 Georgia in the Georgia Dome. Check. The Tar Heels have not beaten a ranked SEC team in 21 years. Check. UNC is in the ACC and Georgia is in the SEC. Check. Check. Checkmate. Right? Then why has the pendulum swung toward an upset?

Previewing UNC football’s season opener against Georgia

UNC will win if they can score quickly and early and force UGA into playing catch-up. If they can’t stop Nick Chubb, they can at least try to take the ball out of his hands. Georgia will win if they maintain long, sustained drives using Nick Chubb as their catalyst. If they are forced to pass, or can’t maintain control of the ball, UNC has the ability to make this ugly.

Bug Howard, UNC wide receivers prepared for Georgia

Heading into Saturday's game, UNC has few question marks concerning who will play--the main uncertainties are at right guard and punter. One position the Tar Heels will rely on for security and depth is wide receiver, led by the senior trio of Mack Hollins, Bug Howard and Ryan Switzer. The receiving corps will look different Saturday, at least for the first half.

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 33
Sat, Nov 25 Box Score
Upcoming Games:
UNC @ California
Sat, Sep 1 TBD
UNC @ East Carolina
Sat, Sep 8 TBD
UNC vs. UCF
Sat, Sep 15 TBD

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
Pittsburgh3-55-7
Virginia3-56-7
Duke3-57-6
North Carolina1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson8-112-2
(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Louisville4-48-5
Florida State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8


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