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Wake Forest defense back Ja'Sir Taylor (6) defends North Carolina's Dyami Brown (2) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Taylor intercepted the pass. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Howell, No. 25 Tar Heels offense a challenge for No. 2 Irish

Nov. 24, 2020 3:01 AM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brian Kelly has postponed No. 2 Notre Dame’s Thanksgiving dinner for two days — perhaps for good reason. His Fighting Irish (8-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) need to be light on their feet when they take on the explosive offense of Mack Brown’s 25th-ranked...

North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (7) passes against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Howell, Tar Heels make big rally to beat Wake Forest 59-53

Nov. 14, 2020 5:47 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — There's no deficit that Sam Howell and his North Carolina teammates feel they can't overcome. The sophomore threw for program records of 550 yards and six touchdowns and scored the go-ahead rushing TD with 4:11 left to help North Carolina rally past Wake Forest 59-53 on Saturday,...

Syracuse linebacker Stefon Thompson (27) puts pressure on Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman (10) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Syracuse, N.Y. (Dennis Nett/The Post-Standard via AP)

Tar Heels, Demon Deacons meet in ACC instate matchup

Nov. 12, 2020 11:32 AM EST

Wake Forest has spent the past month avoiding major mistakes to put together a solid winning streak entering Saturday's trip to North Carolina. It's an example of the consistency that Mack Brown would love to see from his Tar Heels. The Demon Deacons (4-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won four straight...

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly leads the team out of the tunnel for an NCAA college football game against Clemson on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in South Bend, Ind. (Matt Cashore/Pool Photo via AP)

Jury still out on Notre Dame's 1-and-done ACC member status

Nov. 11, 2020 12:10 PM EST

Notre Dame’s overtime victory against Clemson put the No. 2 Fighting Irish atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings and gave the league two teams in the top four of the Top 25. Not everyone is thrilled, however, that Notre Dame is just dipping its toe in ACC waters in this season of the coronavirus...

Texas' Sam Ehlinger (11) throws a pass against West Virginia during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

No. 22 Texas' defense holds off West Virginia, 17-13

Nov. 7, 2020 6:52 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas secondary has experienced issues this season, allowing some long completions and committing too many pass interference penalties. But on Saturday, the Longhorns' defensive backs made critical plays. Texas stopped West Virginia on fourth-down passes into the end zone twice in...

North Carolina wide receiver Emery Simmons (0) makes a touchdown catch as Duke cornerback Jeremiah Lewis (39) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Wallace Wade Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Durham, N.C. (Jim Dedmon/Pool Photo via AP)

Williams scores four TDs as Tar Heels rout Duke 56-24

Nov. 7, 2020 5:09 PM EST

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina found the ideal way to get back on track. The Tar Heels scored at just about every opportunity for a half and steamrolled rival Duke in a 56-24 victory Saturday afternoon, rebounding from a devastating loss a week earlier. “Not sulk on it,” linebacker Chazz...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2020, file photo, North Carolina coach Mack Brown watches a play during the team's NCAA college football game against Virginia, in Charlottesville, Va. The ACC hosted a Mental Health and Wellness Summit in 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. A second one was planned for last May before being scuttled by the pandemic. “Many years ago, we didn't say much about it (mental health) at all,” North Carolina coach Mack Brown said. Now, it's a frequent topic. (Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress via AP, File)

Rivals North Carolina, Duke meet looking to win Victory Bell

Nov. 5, 2020 11:02 AM EST

North Carolina has spent the past month climbing all the way to fifth in the Top 25 then sliding out completely after two road losses against unranked opponents. The Tar Heels are still looking for consistency as they head into November with Saturday’s trip to rival Duke. The Tar Heels (4-2, 4-2 Atlantic...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2020, file photo, Pittsburgh wide receiver Tre Tipton (5) goes through drills during an NCAA college football practice, in Pittsburgh. Tre Tipton felt off. Yet the Pittsburgh wide receiver spent years wrestling with his inner demons in silence, assuming it was up to him to sort things out on his own because, well, that's just how things worked. “We have to be the manliest of men,” Tipton said. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Mind Games; ACC schools ramping up mental health services

Nov. 4, 2020 12:11 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tre Tipton felt off. Yet the Pittsburgh wide receiver spent years wrestling with his inner demons in silence, assuming it was up to him to sort things out on his own because, well, that's just how things worked. “We have to be the manliest of men,” Tipton said. “From...

Virginia wide receiver Ra'Shaun Henry (17) scores a touchdown against North Carolina during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Charlottesville, Va. (Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress via AP)

Virginia holds on to extend streak against No. 15 UNC, 44-41

Nov. 1, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — With his team's lead dwindling and his defense getting weary, Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall knew an extended drive might be just what the Cavaliers needed to hang on against No. 15 North Carolina's high-octane offense. A 15-play drive that took more than nine minutes off the...

North Carolina wide receiver Emery Simmons (0) runs the ball while North Carolina State cornerback Shyheim Battle (25) looks to tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

No. 15 Tar Heels, Virginia to meet at Scott Stadium

Oct. 29, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

No. 15 North Carolina (4-1, 4-1 ACC) at Virginia (1-4, 1-4), Saturday at 8 p.m. ET (ACC Network). Line: North Carolina by 7. Series record: North Carolina leads 63-57-4. WHAT’S AT STAKE Continued winning could put the Tar Heels in position to challenge No. 1 Clemson for the top spot in the ACC. Virginia...