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UNC Football Preview: Georgia Tech’s Triple Option Always a Test

For the first time during Head Coach Larry Fedora’s four-year tenure, the UNC Football team is 3-1 after its first four games. This week the Tar Heels take on Georgia Tech in Atlanta—a place they have not won since 1997. To come away with the victory, UNC will have to show improvement in its run defense—which ranks 113th in the nation–against Tech’s triple-option offensive system. (

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Preview and Prediction

Georgia Tech and North Carolina are coming into Saturday’s game from opposite sides of the road. Georgia Tech has lost two games in a row and more importantly seems to have lost a part of its identity. North Carolina is coming off three straight wins and head coach Larry Fedora may have found the answer in new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. Prediction: Georgia Tech 38, North Carolina 35 (Athlon Sports)

Extra prep has Tar Heels more confident heading into matchup with GT

North Carolina is more prepared to play Georgia Tech this year than it’s been since Larry Fedora took the program over. Fedora's team spent one practice period every Sunday of the season, and extra time during training camp, prepping for what it will see Saturday in Atlanta. The Tar Heels hope that pays off and helps the team to its first win at Georgia Tech since 1997. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Five keys to beat Georgia Tech

UNC has not beaten Georgia Tech in Atlanta since 1997, in order for Tar Heels to pull off the victory this year they will have to do a lot of things well: 1. Force QB Justin Thomas to throw - If UNC can get the Yellow Jackets into third and long, the Heels have a much better chance of getting off the field and limiting Tech's long drives. Obviously this is easier said than done. (Carolina Blue)

Injury reports for Saturday’s ACC games involving UNC, State, Duke, Wake

The following are injury reports released for Saturday’s ACC games for North Carolina vs Georgia Tech, N.C. State vs Louisville, Duke vs Boston College, and Wake Forest vs Florida State: UNC - Questionable: S Allen Artis, CB Corey Bell Jr., OT Bentley Spain; Doubtful: C Tommy Hatton; Out for the season: S Cameron Albright, LB Joe Jackson, WR Taylor Vippolis (Wilmington Star News)

Tar Heels Prepare for Georgia Tech

According to Coach Larry Fedora, Georgia Tech is going to be the most difficult matchup of the season for UNC, and possibly the first real test for defensive coordinator Gene Chizik’s 4-3 defense. “It’ll be the biggest test that we’ve faced because of what they do offensively,” said Fedora. Here are some things to look for in Saturday’s game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m on ESPNU. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC linebacker Shakeel Rashad tackles new position with ease

Transitioning from playing the bandit position in UNC’s 4-2-5 scheme in 2014, Shakeel Rashad has excelled as an outside linebacker this season. The senior is third on the team in tackles, second in turnovers forced and tied for first in tackles-for-loss. And after notching two tackles in each of his first two games, Rashad has amassed 18 tackles in the previous two contests — matching his 2014 season total. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC LB Joe Jackson Suffers Career-Ending Injury

North Carolina linebacker Joe Jackson will be unable to continue his playing career due to a neck injury. The junior from Jacksonville, Fla., was injured in the season-opener against South Carolina. “After talking with my family and the UNC doctors, I have decided it is in my best interest to stop playing football,” says Jackson. “It was a difficult decision and I appreciate the support of my teammates and coaches.” (Inside Carolina)

Sylvester Williams fined for hit on Lions QB Matthew Stafford

The Broncos elbowed their way to the top of the defensive rankings with a blend of aggressiveness and intimidation. It has come at a cost. Wednesday, nose tackle Sylvester Williams told The Denver Post he was fined for his third-quarter hit on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in Sunday's 24-12 victory. The league docked Williams $8,681 for unnecessary roughness. (Denver Post)

UNC WR Mack Hollins Emerges from Early Funk

For three games, one of North Carolina’s most promising receivers was shut out of the end zone. Mack Hollins reacquainted himself with that area against Delaware last weekend. “It just felt good to cross the goal line this season,” Hollins said after practice on Tuesday. “I think to get that out of the way before ACC play, it felt good.” (Inside Carolina)

Turner's Take: Most Valuable Possessions

Assignment discipline. Those are the two words that come up most often for a defense preparing to face Georgia Tech under head coach Paul Johnson. No matter the defensive scheme, no matter the coordinators or players, assignment discipline has been drilled into their heads. Johnson calls his offense the flex bone, but it’s usually referred to by opponents as the triple option. (

Is 2015 the year North Carolina finally breaks through?

Is now the time to finally believe in North Carolina? This season might be shaping up to be the one in which the Tar Heels finally break through. They're 3-1 for the first time since 2011 and can make an early ACC statement with a win as a road underdog at Georgia Tech, where they haven't won in nearly two decades. "A bunch of guys are fed up," junior receiver Ryan Switzer said. (

Mack Hollins: ‘A different type of human being’

Mack Hollins’ team-best eight touchdowns in 2014 garnered him honorable mention All-ACC accolades. But it also has drawn the attention of opposing defenses. A consistent target on special teams, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound receiver now hears his number called on offense. “They’re giving me that respect of the deep threat, which is always a good challenge,” he says with a broad smile. (Daily Tar Heel)

Georgia Tech A-back Broderick Snoddy may not play vs. North Carolina

Georgia Tech A-back Broderick Snoddy’s playing status for Saturday’s game against North Carolina is uncertain. The swift-footed senior has a hand injury and did not practice Wednesday. Snoddy suffered the injury early in the loss to Duke last Saturday but remained in the game. Snoddy’s status for Saturday will be released in the Thursday injury report, coach Paul Johnson said Wednesday after practice. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

UNC linebackers coach John Papuchis: "Refusing to get blocked"

Georgia Tech's offense is so different that UNC has been working on it every week since the beginning of training camp. CarolinaBlue spoke with North Carolina linebackers coach John Papuchis to get the low-down on how to defend against the triple option, the Yellow Jacket blocking scheme, and depth chart and strategy heading into the weekend. (Carolina Blue)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2 TBD

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9 TBD

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16 TBD

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-49-4

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Boston College2-67-6

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