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Brennan Williams Released By Patriots, Will Pursue Dream Of Joining WWE

Brennan Williams is putting away his cleats and lacing up some wrestling boots. The offensive tackle was released from the New England Patriots practice squad Thursday morning and will pursue a career in pro wrestling. The Patriots didn’t feel Williams would be ready to play soon enough after sitting out with a bone bruise in his leg. (NESN)

Six Storylines Heading Into Virginia

Despite Virginia's struggles this season, they have played a plethora of close games. Of their first six games this year, four have been decided by fewer than eight points. The average winning margin across all of their games is 14.3 points. This includes the thriller against Notre Dame when backup quarterback DeShone Kizer completed a 39 yard touchdown with 12 seconds remaining. (Carolina Blue)

UVa running back Reid questionable for UNC game

Virginia running back Albert Reid, injured late in the Cavaliers’ 44-38 victory over Syracuse, has been declared questionable for UVa’s game Saturday at North Carolina. Other players declared out for the game included offensive lineman Sean Karl, fullback Connor Wingo-Reeves, offensive linemen Mike Mooney and Sadiq Olanrewaju, as well as defensive back Divante Walker. (Roanoke Times)

What To Watch For: Virginia

Two of Virginia’s four losses, to Notre Dame and Pitt, are by a touchdown each. Last year in Charlottesville, the Tar Heels trailed for nearly 56 minutes before Mitch Trubisky hit T.J. Thorpe for the go-ahead score, and Carolina prevailed, 28-27. You can bet that the Cavaliers haven’t forgotten that game, particularly as the very player that scored that touchdown is now in a Virginia jersey. (GoHeels.com)

Kenan Legends: Alge Crumpler To Be Honored Saturday

Former UNC tight end Alge Crumpler will be honored in the first quarter of the football game this weekend vs. Virginia as part of the "Kenan Legends" series. Considered one of the best tight ends in UNC history, Crumpler was a four-year letter winner and captain for the Tar Heels from 1997-2000. He was a three-time All-ACC player, and captured first-team honors as a junior and senior. (GoHeels.com)

ICTV: UNC's Gene Chizik on Solving the UVa Puzzle

Virginia has faced the 8th toughest scheduled in the nation, according to Jeff Sagarin's ratings system (UNC's scheduled ranks No. 100), with its four losses all coming against formidable opponents (UCLA, Notre Dame, Boise State, Pittsburgh). UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik said the Tar Heels' defense will face a challenge on Saturday. (Inside Carolina)

Turner's Take: Keep The Good Thing Going

Carolina and Virginia will tangle for the 120th time Saturday as the Cavaliers visit Kenan Stadium for a 3:30 kick. Carolina has won five straight against Virginia (having ended a streak of futility in Charlottesville in 2010) and leads the overall series 62-53-4, but this is a rivalry of runs: after UNC won nine straight from 1974 to 1982, Virginia went on to take 20 of the next 27 match-ups. (GoHeels.com)

UNC-UVa Preview: Cavs Seasoned & Tested

The Cavaliers enter the South’s Oldest Rivalry looking to maintain momentum after a 44-38 overtime victory over Syracuse last week. Mike London’s team is looking for its first win over a quality opponent on a schedule filled with tough competition. While Virginia is just 2-4 on the season, all four of its losses came against teams that have been ranked at some point. (Inside Carolina)

Midseason Stats Check: The Defense

The two standout numbers for the defense are the passing yards allowed which is just 135 yards per game and 5.5 yards per attempt which are both top ten nationally. Granted the caveat there is teams would much rather run the ball against UNC given the state of the rushing defense however the pass defense has still been good. (Tar Heel Blog)

Statistics: UNC's offense is rolling

The UNC offense ranks in the top 20 in seven different offensive categories. With many dominating performances over the last six games it is no surprise the Tar Heels are putting up big numbers. In UNC's five wins, Larry Fedora's offense have put up point totals of 53, 48, 41, 38, and 50. Those include games against power five conference schools Illinois, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest. (Carolina Blue)

North Carolina set to face struggling Virginia

The North Carolina Tar Heels (5-1, 2-0 ACC) will look to continue their winning ways when they host Virginia Cavaliers (2-4, 1-1 ACC) in the 120th edition of the South's Oldest Rivalry. North Carolina leads the series 61-54-4 overall, including the last five meetings. The rivalry has seen its fair share of streaks, with Virginia winning 11 of 13 from 1996-2009 and the Heels taking 20 of 23 from 1927-1949. (WCNC)

Virginia vs. North Carolina Complete Preview

In case you missed it, Virginia beat Syracuse in a 3OT thriller last week. The Cavaliers are now 2-4 (1-1 in the ACC) and travel this week to Chapel Hill to square off against the Tar Heels. This will be the 120th installation of the "South's Oldest Rivalry", a tradition that desperately wishes both teams were nationally relevant. Believe it or not, next year, UVa-UNC will be the second oldest FBS rivalry (behind Wisconsin-Minnesota). (Streaking the Lawn)

For UVA receiver Thorpe, Saturday is homecoming at UNC

North Carolina’s homecoming is still three weeks away, but for at least one Tar Heel alumnus, the memory-filled return to Chapel Hill will come on Saturday. There will even be a reunion of sorts on the field at Kenan Stadium. But while T.J. Thorpe and the former UNC football teammates he once called his brothers will enjoy seeing one another again, the get-together will be anything but a celebration. (Wilmington Star News)

Video: Elijah Hood Making Things Easier for Tar Heels to Rise in ACC

UNC football RB Elijah Hood has been racking up the yards lately, and it's only making the rest of the Tar Heels better. James Bates explains why North Carolina QB Marquise Williams can only get better if they keep feeding Hood. View Video...

Tar Heels Serve The Community For Carolina Outreach

UNC students were on fall break last Thursday and Friday, giving Tar Heels the chance to rest, catch up on school work and in some cases head home for the weekend. But many student-athletes who stayed in Chapel Hill for practice and competition also spent time helping out in the Chapel Hill community. Take a look at some recent Carolina Outreach outreach activities. (GoHeels.com)

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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 Tickets

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9 TBD Tickets

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
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6


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