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Against UNC, Pitt eyes early jump on ACC Coastal crown
Pat Narduzzi said this is “ACC championship week.” Interesting comment for the last Saturday in September, but then he backtracked about Pitt's ACC opener at North Carolina by reminding reporters that the game “isn't the end of the world.” Coaches operate under the assumption all games matter, but this one matters for Pitt (2-1) more than the first three.
UNC's Elijah Hood, Pitt's James Conner ready to square off
On Saturday, two of the ACC’s best running backs will finally get the chance to square off against one another. Both players are coming off 100-yard efforts last week. Both are the backbone to their team’s rushing attack. Elijah Hood doesn’t know which back will have a better day. He plans to do his job, just like he knows James Conner will for the Panthers.
Tar Heels Host Pitt In ACC Opener
North Carolina opens ACC play against Coastal Division rival Pitt on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. UNC has won three straight in the series, all under the direction of head coach Larry Fedora. Carolina is coming off a 56-28 win over James Madison in which the Tar Heels gained 635 total yards, including 462 passing yards.
Video: Mitch Trubisky - No Longer Waiting
North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky says he has become a "whole different person" since his first day in Chapel Hill.
Countdown to Kickoff: UNC-Pittsburgh
Powerful offenses and porous defenses converge at Kenan Stadium on Saturday as UNC and Pittsburgh open ACC play in a Coastal Division matchup. The Tar Heels are seven-point favorites in a series they have dominated (3-0) since the Panthers joined the ACC in 2013. UNC’s win over Pitt last October was the difference in determining the Coastal Division champion.
Tar Heels host Panthers in key ACC Coastal Division matchup
The teams that finished 1-2 atop the Coastal Division meet in their league openers Saturday, with the Tar Heels facing the familiar challenge of trying to hold up physically against the Panthers' pounding ground game. But unlike last year — when the Tar Heels' defense went from awful to adequate — that unit doesn't enter the game with many positives.
UNC Football Expands Seats For Service Program
Last season UNC football instituted a “Seats for Service” program that allowed fans to purchase $10 tickets for military members and their families. The idea was to give these Tar Heel fans a chance to watch their team play at Kenan Stadium. Following a terrific response to the program, the university has expanded the “Seats for Service” initiative for 2016.
UNC-Pitt game could get "ugly" without better defense, Chizik says
After watching his unit surrender 495 yards and 28 points against FCS foe James Madison last week, North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik issued a stern warning. "I thought we performed poorly,'' Chizik said. "That's probably being very kind. I thought we were soft. We've got to improve a lot this week, or this game could get ugly."
Breaking down Pittsburgh-North Carolina
How to beat Pitt. Throw the ball. Oklahoma State threw for 540 yards in a 45-38 win last week. Pitt ranks No. 124 in the nation in pass defense, and is allowing 11.4 yards per reception (No. 91). Coach Pat Narduzzi anticipates his defense will have matchup problems again with the North Carolina receivers, so this is one of the matchups to watch.
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Preview and Prediction
The Tar Heels haven’t been able to control opposing rushing attacks and Pitt has James Conner getting back into high gear. But North Carolina, with Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan, are a threat running the ball while the Pittsburgh passing game has shown little life. That balance, coupled with being at home, gives UNC the victory. Prediction: North Carolina 35, Pittsburgh 27.
Position Comparisons: UNC vs. Pitt
The Tar Heels will begin their quest for another Coastal division title when they host the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday. Pitt has never beaten UNC in ACC play, compiling an 0-3 record. UNC defeated Pitt 26-19 a year ago, led by two touchdowns from former quarterback Marquise Williams. Here are position group comparisons for the Tar Heels and Panthers.
Shaky UNC Run Defense Faces Huge Challenge Against Pitt
The time is now for the UNC football team, as it enters ACC play this weekend with an important home game against the Pitt Panthers—a physical group that Tar Heel head coach Larry Fedora expects to try to exploit UNC’s struggling run defense from the get-go. Earlier this week, Fedora boldly proclaimed that Pitt is the best team the Tar Heels have faced all season.
Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - Pittsburgh
Let North Carolina coordinators Gene Chizik and Chris Kapilovic tell you about what the Tar Heels expect to see from Pittsburgh this Saturday in Kenan Stadium.
Can Pitt Finally Beat North Carolina?
Pitt fans can probably remember a good deal about North Carolina. A year ago, the Tar Heels strolled out of Heinz Field with a strong hold on the ACC Coastal Division after Marquise Williams connected for a pair of long touchdown passes. In 2014 in Chapel Hill, Williams and T.J. Logan combined to bring North Carolina back from a 14-point deficit in a final-minute touchdown.
UNC Releases Plans for Football-Specific Indoor Practice Facility
Last November, as the UNC football team was in the midst of a school-record 11-game win streak, it was announced that the school had plans to build an indoor practice facility on campus. Thursday, the first round of plans for the football-specific building were released–with the location of the project being revealed for the first time.