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Sun Bowl Presents UNC Football A Chance to Change Recent Postseason History

In each of the last two years, the UNC football team has allowed late-season losses to bleed over into postseason play. After November losses to Duke and NC State derailed the Tar Heels’ ACC Championship hopes, quarterback Mitch Trubisky and company are hoping to rewrite the team’s recent history in Friday’s Sun Bowl against No. 18 Stanford. (

Coach Kap and Coach Fedora on the Stanford defense

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora and offensive coordinator Coach Kapilovic spoke with the media last week before the team headed out to El Paso for the Hyundai Sun Bowl. The two coaches have a huge role in UNC's offense and have been looking at Stanford's defense for weeks now. They broke down what they see from the Stanford D. (CBS Sports)

Stanford foe UNC has prolific punt returner, receiver in Switzer

Like Christian McCaffrey, the Tar Heels’ Ryan Switzer knows what it feels like to have punting teams deathly afraid of him. The punters aim the ball for the sideline or put extra hang time on their kicks, at the expense of distance. Opponents have been wary of him since his freshman season, when he tied an NCAA record with five punt returns for touchdowns. (San Francisco Gate)

Pair of RBs from North Carolina ready to shine for Stanford, UNC in Sun Bowl

T.J. Logan, from Greensboro, will take over for Elijah Hood, who led the Tar Heels with 858 yards rushing this season. Hood announced last week he won't play in the Sun Bowl due to medical reasons, opening the door for Logan to start the final game of his college career. Stanford's lead runner will be Bryce Love, a sophomore from Wake Forest. (Fayetteville Observer)

Trubisky hopes to finish season, and possibly collegiate career, strong against Stanford

As he gazes over to his sideline and back to the field, junior standout quarterback Mitch Trubisky calls the play to his offense in a practice drill to prepare his Tar Heels for the Sun Bowl on Friday, Dec. 30. He does it with poise, energy and a spark. The same spark that once stood on the sideline, like a firework ready to be lit, last season as he watched senior captain Marquise Williams take the snaps at quarterback. (The Prospector)

UNC had Love for Stanford back; plus other Sun Bowl notes and quotes

Both UNC and Stanford pursued the Cardinal running back starter for Friday's Sun Bowl, Bryce Love. Love was one of the nation's top running back recruits as a senior at Wake Forest-Rolesville High in 2014. The Fayetteville Observer rated him No. 5 in its preseason list of the state's Top 50 college prospects that year. But Love opted in the end to head West. (Fayetteville Observer)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Stanford

UNC closes the 2016 season against No. 16 Stanford in the Sun Bowl on Friday (CBS, 2 p.m. ET). Stanford’s philosophy is built upon physicality. The Cardinal rank 34th nationally in rushing offense and 23rd in rushing yards per carry. Christian McCaffrey’s backup, Wake Forest, N.C. native Bryce Love, has rushed for 664 yards and three touchdowns this season. (Inside Carolina)

Story in Many Pics: UNC, Stanford visit Fort Bliss

It was team day with the troops at Fort Bliss. The Tar Heel and Cardinal football teams made a trip to Fort Bliss Tuesday afternoon to tour the base and interact with the troops. Andres Acosta was at the post as well, and brings you his view of the visit via this gallery. (El Paso Herald-Post)

Lou Hernandez Bringing Texas Toughness And Influence To North Carolina

Lou Hernandez loves Texas. It’s his home state and you can see the pride he has when talking about Texas and his hometown of Alice. But, like most of the Tar Heels in town for the Sun Bowl, coming to a city that’s a 10-hour drive away is a new adventure for him. Hernandez is UNC’s strength and conditioning coach and was brought on to Larry Fedora’s staff in 2012. (Texas HS Football)

The benefit of bowl month for program development

The extra practices are huge for the development of players and planning for next season. It's all about the reps, learning the system, and perfecting aspects of the game. It is a chance for the staff to evaluate younger players who will play a big role next season. As UNC head coach Larry Fedora called it, they try to "steal reps for spring practice." (Carolina Blue)

UNC QB is new challenge for Cardinal

The Pac-12 is a quarterback-oriented league, so Stanford has seen a bunch of elite players at the position. That helps in preparation for UNC's Mitch Trubisky in Friday's Sun Bowl, though the Cardinal stressed that Trubisky is unique. "I don't know if it's an advantage to be able to play against good quarterbacks because this guy is different," coach David Shaw said. (El Paso Times)

Sun Bowl Notebook: Texas Ties Run Deep

UNC's third day in El Paso featured a visit to Fort Bliss, a 1,700-square mile Army installation that is the second-largest in the United States. Players spent the afternoon with the servicemen and servicewomen of Fort Bliss and experience a number of aspects of military life. The outing concluded with a joint dinner with members of the Stanford football program. (

Are 49ers and Mitch Trubisky a perfect match?

There are reasons for Bay Area football fans to watch the Sun Bowl. Atop the list is the player atop the lists: UNC junior Mitch Trubisky, projected to be the No. 1 quarterback picked in the upcoming NFL draft, could be starting for the 49ers next season. “I don’t believe there’s a first-round quarterback outside of Trubisky,’’ ESPN analyst Mel Kiper said. (San Jose Mercury News)

Seven Tar Heels selected to PFF 2016 All-ACC teams

Pro Football Focus is widely accepted among football insiders as the most in-depth and thorough football analysis website. These guys watch tape. They breakdown plays. They are a great source for real insight and knowledge into football talent. Pro Football Focus recently released their 2016 All-ACC teams and multiple Tar Heels were listed on the first and second teams. (Carolina Blue)

Ryan Switzer following football dream at Sun Bowl

Ryan Switzer, the young man from West Virginia who catches boatloads of passes for UNC is walking in the footsteps of his dreams. Smiling, Switzer shrugged and said, "I graduated early in December. But football is all I've ever wanted to do." Switzer will do it as a collegian one final time Friday afternoon against Stanford in the Sun Bowl. (El Paso Times)

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at Boston College36

NC State41
at Vanderbilt17

at Wake Forest34

at Northwestern31

#17 West Virginia14
at #23 Miami31

at #16 Virginia Tech35

#12 Stanford25
at North Carolina23

#10 Michigan32
at #8 Florida State33

#14 LSU29
at #20 Louisville9

Georgia Tech33
at Kentucky18

#6 Ohio State0
at #1 Clemson31

#1 Clemson35
at #2 Alabama31

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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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