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Preview: Five things to know for VT-North Carolina

Virginia Tech managed only 48 yards rushing against North Carolina last year. Before you dismiss this stat and say UNC is worse defensively now, consider how similar the circumstances were to this year’s matchup. In 2013, UNC headed into Blacksburg on a two-game losing streak with an 0-1 conference record. The week before, North Carolina had suffered a 55-31 loss to ECU in which they had allowed 603 total yards.

According to the New York Times, UNC Fans Don't Exist

Here is your oddity for a Friday afternoon. The New York Times put together a very cool interactive map breaking down the college football rooting interests of every zip code in the United States based on Facebook likes. As the mothership notes, there are some flaws. The issue here is not that UNC was second to NC State or Duke. UNC is simply not represented at all.

Carolina Hosts Virginia Tech On Military Appreciation Day

North Carolina looks to even its record in conference play when the Tar Heels welcome Virginia Tech to Kenan Stadium for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff on the ACC Network. The Tar Heels (2-2, 0-1 ACC) are coming off a 50-35 loss at Clemson. Virginia Tech (3-2, 0-1 ACC) defeated Western Michigan last week in Blacksburg, 35-17.

Countdown to Kickoff: Virginia Tech

North Carolina’s path to snapping a two-game losing streak and establishing traction in the ACC Coastal Division runs through Virginia Tech on Saturday (12:30pm, ACCN). The Hokies (3-2) are a 3-point favorite over the Tar Heels (2-2). The Hokies lead the all-time series 19-11-6, including an 8-2 edge as ACC Coastal Division rivals.

Six storylines: UNC vs. Virginia Tech

The Tar Heels return to Chapel Hill to take on Virginia Tech in their first Coastal Division match up of the season. CarolinaBlue intern Kegan Lowe broke down the six storylines to watch when the game kicks off Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC Network. 1. Can UNC stop shooting themselves in the foot with penalties in all three phases of the game?

Tailgating persists despite UNC rules

The tents go up. The hotdogs are purchased and the George Foreman Grills are warmed. Fans decked in Carolina Blue flock to parking lots and grassy knolls for cornhole and beer. It’s a familiar sight in most college towns during football season — and Chapel Hill is no exception.

One Thing to Watch: Virginia Tech

Carolina faces a tough task in its first intra-divisional matchup of the season when Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech Hokies come to Kenan Stadium. The Hokies are 3-2 and coming off a 35-17 win over Western Michigan last week in Lane Stadium. That victory broke a two-game losing streak, as the Hokies fell to East Carolina and Georgia Tech after their upset win at Ohio State.

James Hurst's homecoming will be extra special with him starting for Ravens

After faring well in his first NFL start last week, Ravens left tackle James Hurst acknowledged that Sunday’s game against the Colts will provide a different challenge because of the communication issues that traditionally come into play for an offensive line on the road. Hurst, though, takes some comfort in that he’ll be quite familiar with his surroundings.

Julius Peppers' pick-six highlights Packers' defensive dominance

Julius Peppers made his 49-yard interception return for a touchdown look pretty easy. It was the Lambeau Leap that was a tad difficult. “I was pretty tired after that run,” Peppers said of the score that began to turn Thursday night’s showdown with the Vikings into a 42-10 blowout at Lambeau Field. “I barely got up there. It was tough.”

Star lineman to return for Heels against Hokies

North Carolina’s best offensive lineman expects to be back when the Tar Heels host Virginia Tech Saturday (12:30 p.m., ACC Network). Right guard Landon Turner practiced fully on Tuesday for the first time since he sprained his MCL on Sept. 6 against San Diego State. “It’s for sure. I’m playing Saturday,” said Turner, who practiced with the starters.

Injury report: Facyson, Baron out against UNC; Hokies' DT depth getting dire

With Virginia Tech senior Luther Maddy already out at least 1-3 more weeks following knee surgery and freshman Vinny Mihota, the emergency tackle, out with an ankle injury as well, Virginia Tech is down to three primary defensive tackles -- Corey Marshall, Nigel Williams and Ricky Walker -- a less than ideal situation against the Tar Heels' up-tempo offense.

UNC, Virginia Tech Look To Stay Alive In ACC Coastal

The North Carolina football team, 2-2 on the season, will return home to Chapel Hill on Saturday to host a pivotal ACC Coastal 12:30 pm matchup against 3-2 Virginia Tech. When facing the Hokies, an opponent typically expects a heavy dose of old-fashioned, ground-and-pound action from the running backs.

Colts' Hakeem Nicks: 'I view myself as the best receiver in the league'

In an Indianapolis Colts locker room led by Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks assessed his NFL standing this week. "I still view myself as the best receiver in the league," he said. The proclamation wasn't meant to slight the 14-year veteran dressing in the opposite corner of the room, but Nicks repeated it for effect. "That expectation ain't never going to change," he said. "I'll get a chance to prove it eventually."

Hokies travel south for border battle with UNC

Saturday’s game with UNC is huge. Both teams are 0-1 in the ACC, and the loser of this game will most likely be eliminated from the Coastal Division race. Expect to see two desperate football teams on the field. Carolina is reeling after having been crushed defensively in the last two weeks.

Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - Virginia Tech

The Tar Heel coordinators break down what they expect to see from Virginia Tech on Saturday in Kenan Stadium as North Carolina tries to get off to a good start in the Coastal Division.

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Schedule at a Glance
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

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17 TBD

Full Football Schedule

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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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