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    Team History
    2018 - Current Season: 6
    Record: 10-3; Conference: 7-2 (ACC); Bowl: Sugar Bowl (Win 49-45)
    2017 - Final Ranking: 19
    Record: 9-4; Conference: 7-2 (ACC); Bowl: Sugar Bowl (Loss 51-0)
    2016 - Final Ranking: Unranked
    Record: 7-5; Conference: 5-3 (Big 12); Bowl: Meinke Bowl (Loss 27-24)
    2015 - Final Ranking: 17
    Record: 9-4; Conference: 6-2 (Big 12); Bowl: Alamo Bowl (Win 45-28)

     
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    [​IMG]North Carolina Tar Heels 2017 Season Outlook

    The Tar Heels make a triumphant turn to their original conference, the ACC for the 2017 season, looking to make a realistic dent into the BCS for the first time. Despite opening the season unranked, the Heels will have plenty of chances to make statements to the nation.
    2017 Schedule
    01 - at Utah
    02 - Iowa (U)
    03 - Notre Dame (U)
    04 - Florida State (U)
    05 - Georgia Tech (U)
    06 - Bye
    07 - Miami
    08 - Virginia Tech
    09 - at Duke
    10 - Bye
    11 - at Virginia
    12 - at Syracuse
    13 - Central Florida (HC)
    14 - at Pittsburgh
    (U) - denotes a user game; (HC) - homecoming game
    North Carolina Schedule is considered tough, playing some traditional powers early in the season. Looking to hatch some recruiting ground out west, the Tar Heels will open against a nationally ranked Utah team in Prov, before hosting 6 consecutive home games. The toughest tests should come from Notre Dame, considered the ACC's best team opening the season, and Georgia Tech, a perennial national title contender. The last of the 6 home games will come against Miami and Va. Tech, very tough opposition. UNC then hits the road, facing rival Duke before getting a second bye week. Next comes road games at rival Virginia and at Syracuse. Closing the home schedule is a homecoming game against Central Florida before heading on the road the final week of the year at Pittsburgh. Coach T knows the early season could make or break the Heels, so getting out to a good start is monumental.
    2017 Key Players
    Offense
    QB controversy. That's what the media says. The offense will come as far as the QB play will take them in 2017. Redshirt seniors Marcus Williams and Dan Kelly had a heated battle in camp, but Williams retained the job he inherited during the middle of last season. If Williams struggles, look for Kelly to come in and play at some point during the season. The backs were very inexperienced last year, but Ron Brady came in and had a stellar season, rushing for over 1200 yards. Look for Brady, Ben Patrick and incoming FR Derrick Clayton to hold down the fort in the running game. Shaun Rodgers, Marcus Smith, and Terry Carter are the leaders in the receiving corps and FR TE Andre Hammond will start immediately and look to make an impact. The O-line has improve over the years, and LG Robert Ryan looks to play outstanding during the season, improving his draft position.
    Defense
    The Tar Heels defense played well in 2016, and looks to have a stronger year in 2017. The strength of the defense lies in the secondary, where safeties Ricky Wayne and Jamie Smith look to impose their will on the opponents. CB Trey Rivers will man the corner this year, where last year in the slot, he recorded an outstanding year for UNC. Converted S Robert Green looks to improve in his second year at OLB and make the LB group more formidable, which last year was a major disappointment. High draft prospect DL Marcus Cole anchors the D-line, which had a good year in 2016, looks to have a great year in 2017.
    Special Teams
    The 2017 special teams coming into the season was a question mark. K Corey Fisher was a disaster in camp, so P Eric Wilson will handle both punting and kicking duties during the season. The Heels has no returning kick/punt returners, so Coach T put S Ricky Wayne with his blazing speed back to handle the duties. Hopefully the team will gel and this will become a strong point during the season.
    2017 Predictions
    The Tar Heels will be looking to finally breakthrough and make a BCS bowl in 2017. With the right breaks, stellar play from the leaders, and starting just outside the Top 25, the Heels could finally reach an important milestone in the program. Otherwise, the team with injuries couls take a step back and be also-rans in a very competetive ACC. Predicted Record: 9-3 (7-2 ACC).
     
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    2017 UNC 1/3 Season Update

    Chapel Hill, NC (AP) - The North Carolina Tar Heels have already experienced highs and lows in the early portion of the 2017 season. Jumping out the gate early, the team completed an impressive victory in Utah, defeating the 19th ranked Utes 42-19. This could catapult UNC into the Top 25, coming in at #23. Waiting next was a winnable game at home against the Iowa Hawkeyes. But in a driving rainstorm the Heels committed 5 turnovers, had plenty of dropped passes and missed tackles and was soundly beaten by the Hawkeyes 31-3. In this game, we saw the beginning of the UNC QB shuffle, as Dan Kelly came in and took snaps away from Marcus Williams after he was ineffective.
    Week 3 saw the Heels play host to the #3 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The start of the game watched Notre Dame race out to a 21-3 lead. North Carolina would make a charge and by the start of the 4th, had cut the Irish lead to 31-21. But another rash of turnovers led to 3 Notre Dame TDs and UNC was beaten 52-21. The next home game would see North Carolina hosting a good Florida State team. The 'Noles jumped out to an early lead, but UNC would hold serve and keep it close by the end of the half. The second would watch Ron Brady jump-start the Heels' offense, as he ran for 100 second-half yards and UNC would go on to the win 31-21. After 4 games, the Tar Heels now stand at 2-2, 1-1 in the ACC.
    Even though the Tar Heels are firmly out the national championship race, the ACC race has just begun. Upcoming games against Georgia Tech and Miami will be critical, as both team are in the ACC's Coastal division.
     
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    [​IMG]North Carolina Tar Heels 2018 Season Outlook

    The Tar Heels look to run to the top of ACC for the 2018 season, after crashing the BCS party for the first time in 2017. The Heels will have plenty of chances to make statements to the nation, starting the season ranked 19th in the nation.
    2017 Schedule
    01 - BYE
    02 - Arizona (W 31-14)
    03 - at #14 Iowa (U) (W 28-14)
    04 - at Syracuse (W45-35)
    05 - at #25 Florida State (U) (L 14-45)
    06 - UNLV (L 11-28)
    07 - at Virgina Tech (W 37-14)
    08 - Wake Forest (W-52-14)
    09 - Duke (HC) (W-31-28)
    10 - at NC State (W-31-7)
    11 - Virginia (W-51-20)
    12 - at Georgia Tach (L 13-38)
    13 - BYE
    14 - Pittsburgh (W-80-51)
    BG - USC (W 49-45)
    (U) - denotes a user game; (HC) - homecoming game
    North Carolina Schedule is once again considered tough, as they will have 2 west coast teams visit Kenan, as UNLV and Arizona come to the eastern time zone.
    2017 Key Players
    Offense
    QB controversy, as was last year. Except this season it will be two redshirt freshmen battling for the starting job.
    Defense
    The Tar Heels defense played disasterous in 2017, and looks to have a stronger year in 2018.
    Special Teams
    The 2018 special teams should be better than lasy year's unit . K Corey Fisher will handle kickoffs, as senior P Eric Wilson will handle both punting and kicking duties during the season. Kick/punt returner S Ricky Wayne is gone, so look for other guys to step up. Hopefully the team will gel and this will become a strong point during the season.
    2017 Predictions
    The Tar Heels made a BCS bowl in 2017. With the right breaks, stellar play from the leaders, and starting inside the Top 25, the Heels could again reach another big game. Otherwise, the team with injuries couls take a step back and be also-rans in a very competetive ACC. Predicted Record: 9-3 (7-2 ACC).
     
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    2018 Tar Heel Mid-Season Report

    Despite a lofty preseason ranking, Coach T knew that this UNC season would have its growing pains. What he did not expect though, is the rash of injuries UNC has experienced this 2018 season. UNC has stumbled to 4-2 so far this season, but with only one conference loss to Florida State, remain a legitimate candidate to still make the ACC title game. The season started well with impressive wins over Arizona and a ranked Iowa squad, but the next 3 games the injuries would mount. UNC lost All-American QB Trey Rivers for the season in the win at Syracuse, and both RB Philip Fuller and CB Ray Harris were among 4 UNC players hurt in the loss at Florida State. Harris would become the second starting CB to be lost for the season. The injuries were felt in the game against UNLV, as the Runnin Rebels rolled UNC 28-11, dropping Carolina out of the Top 25. UNC would recover the next week, beating the underachieving Hokies 37-14 to improve to 4-2 on the season.

    QB Chris Archer has had a so-so freshman season, but it is what you would expect from a freshman QB. At mid-season point he has 1151 passing yards with 10 TDs, but also has 10 INT while completing only 45 pct. of his passes. RB Philip Fulmer was declared the stater at the season, and despite injuries had led a surprisingly strong RB corps. Fuller has 476 rushing yards, and UNC has 5 players with at least 75 rushing yards this season. The receiving corps has been enigmatic at times dropping key passes, but look to improve in the second half of the season. 6 UNC receivers have over 100 yards receiving, but the surprise came from backup QB Richard Chapman who came in at WR due to injuries and caught a TD pass.

    The Carolina defense knew that they would be in for a fight, and for the most part of the season, they have held up. Lost for the season were Rivers and Harris, and other players on defense have missed time during the season. One bright spot has been SO RE David Ryan, who leads the team with 6 sacks. Steven Carter has come in and leads the team with 2 INTs to help the secondary. UNC's special teams has been good, not great, but has had its share of pluses during the season thus far. P Eric Wilson has hade 6 of 8 FGs and WR Clint Howard has 1 KO return TD.

    The second half of the season UNC looks to return to the Top 25, and also make run to finally get that elusive ACC Division title. The schedule looks promising, as the most difficult task looks to be a major road test at highly-ranked Georgia Tech in Week 12. It doesn't look likely, but with a few breaks, Carolina could finally make it to Charlotte for the ACC Championship.
     
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    2018 Tar Heel Season Wrap-Up

    Coach T and the North Carolina Tar Heels finished a highly successful season in 2018. The Tar Heels battled injuries, inconsistency, and player turnover to turn in an incredible 10-3 season despite all the team's shortcomings.
     
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