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Opponent Preview: Notre Dame

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are looking to contend for a spot in the college football playoff this year as they look to continue their unbeaten season against the Heels in South Bend. Notre Dame brings into the game the 3rd best scoring defense in the nation, by far the best the Heels will have faced so far. Notre Dame also has a dynamic passer in Everett Golson.

No. 5 Notre Dame on Tap for UNC

Many people had Notre Dame as a dark horse candidate to make the first-ever college football playoff this season. This team has lived up to those expectations thus far, climbing up to No. 5 in the AP Poll with a perfect 5-0 record. The Irish are coming off an emotional 17-14 home win over rival Stanford, but the biggest story for this program this week might be what is taking place off the field.

Greg Warren's lasted a long time as Steelers' long snapper

Greg Warren has been the Steelers’ long snapper for a decade now, and he is the proud owner of two Super Bowl rings. But the 32-year-old veteran rarely finds the spotlight, and few people recognize him off the field. That is OK with him. “I like the anonymity,” Warren said. “I’m very low-key anyway." Warren was signed by the Steelers as a rookie undrafted free agent from North Carolina in 2005.

Packers release fourth-year tight end Ryan Taylor

In a bit of surprising news Monday, tight end Ryan Taylor has been released by the Green Bay Packers. The 2011 seventh-round pick from North Carolina spent these last four seasons with the Packers as a reserve tight end and core special teams player. Taylor, 6 foot 3, 254 pounds, caught eight passes for 45 yards with one touchdown in his career, making the 53-man roster this summer into the final year of his rookie contract.

UNC's Quarterback Rotation Problem

The fact Larry Fedora goes to Mitch Trubisky on the third series without fail makes this look less like he's trying to change the game up or looking for a "spark" and more like he's satisfying other concerns. Did Trubisky get promised playing time? Is there a concern he might transfer if he isn't tossed a bone this season? Does Fedora simply prefer Trubisky since he recruited him for this offensive system?

Larry Fedora wants to make history at Notre Dame

North Carolina is staying an hour outside of Notre Dame and will head right to the locker room when it gets to campus Saturday. In his first visit to one of the most storied places in college football, Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora isn’t interested in soaking up the history. “I’d rather go up there and try to make some,” Fedora said.

All the small things

Football is a finicky sport. Move six inches in one direction, perfect execution. Move six inches in the other, and it's a blown play. It's what makes the game exciting — constantly working against an incredibly small margin of error to outsmart, outrun and outperform the opponent. But it's those small details that are causing big problems for the North Carolina football team.

Postgame Chalkboard from UNC-VT

UNC has talented players, particularly at the skill positions. Players like Elijah Hood, Ryan Switzer, Brian Walker, and Norkeithus Otis are good enough to play just about anywhere, and walk-on receiver Mack Hollins will likely play in the NFL. The problem is that Carolina isn’t good enough at any one thing to be able to take the initiative on either side of the ball.

UNC still trying to find consistent offense

North Carolina's offense wasn't supposed to be a question mark. The Tar Heels entered Larry Fedora's third season figuring that they would move the ball consistently and put up big scoring totals that could offset some of the defensive problems from last year. And yet, UNC has been up and down heading into Saturday's trip to No. 6 Notre Dame.

Video: Larry Fedora Monday Press Conference Recap

Larry Fedora and Landon Turner discuss playing two quarterbacks, focusing on the little things to improve the team, and preparing for Notre Dame in this week's press conference recap.

UNC's Offensive Scheme Dictating Ground Game

North Carolina’s collection of highly touted running backs were limited to 15 yards on nine carries in Saturday’s loss to Virginia Tech. As odd as it may sound, Larry Fedora’s offensive scheme was the primary reason. Through six weeks of the 2014 season, UNC (2-3) ranks 92nd nationally (11th ACC) in rushing offense with 138.6 yards per game.

Fedora Needs To Pick "The Guy"

I’ll never forget a response Drew Bledsoe gave a reporter after being demoted for Tony Romo several years ago in Dallas. Bledsoe said he thought he should still be “the guy.” Larry Fedora has brought a lot of fun to Chapel Hill, and it certainly isn’t time to jump ship yet. But until he picks “the guy”, he’s going to continue to face quarterback questions that already seem to have answers.

Turner's Take: The Little Things

“It’s the little things,” Robert Earl Keen sings in the chorus of the song of the same name. Larry Fedora has been singing that same refrain after the Tar Heels’ recent defeats, and that theme continued at Monday morning’s press conference. The team spent yesterday watching film from their most recent loss, to Virginia Tech, and finding the mistakes made on the field.

Art’s Angle: Sunny But Dismal Day

Carolina football took a turn for the worse Saturday and is now in jeopardy of doing more long term damage to the program. UNC may have a hard time selling out its remaining three home games, which is never good for recruiting or morale. The mistake-prone Tar Heels fumbled the first snap at their own 16-yard line and went on to a dismal day that cheated the sun-soaked capacity crowd.

Memories Still Clear of 1971 Trip to Notre Dame

It was Oct. 16, 1971, and the bus pulled onto the Notre Dame campus for a football game in an historic venue. As usual, the Tar Heel football team came to South Bend the day before and did a walk-through. On game day, there were 59,000 screaming fans, loud music, tailgating, and enthusiasm rattled the air. A few funny stories came from that day and true UNC fans may enjoy them.

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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 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
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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