Tar Heels in NFL: Resurgent Trubisky has big game as Bears roll

By R.L. Bynum Critics have targeted the Chicago Bears ever since they selected Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. That criticism has been valid. But, for one Sunday, Trubisky looked better than both of those other 2017 picks as he outplayed …

UNC jumps to No. 16 in AP poll after blowout win

Tar Heels now await Tuesday’s release of College Football Playoff rankings, ACC title game outcome By R.L. Bynum North Carolina did all it could to improve its chances of making the Orange Bowl with a 62–26 blowout Saturday at Miami. Now, the Tar Heels (8–3, 7–3 ACC) can only wait to see if they overtake …

Heels run down shot at Orange Bowl

Carter, Williams run roughshod on Miami as UNC rolls past the Hurricanes By R.L. Bynum No. 20 North Carolina showed that it can give any team in the country a run for their money if the Tar Heels can unleash the potent running back combination of Michael Carter and Javonte Williams. No. 9 Miami was …

Tar Heels in NFL: Late fumble overshadows solid game for Trubisky; Holcomb continues to play well

By R.L. Bynum There was a lot to like about quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s game in the Chicago Bears’ 34–30 loss to the Detroit Lions. But, ultimately, his fumble on a strip-sack that led to the Lions’ game-winning touchdown will get a lot of attention. Trubisky connected on 26 of 34 passes for 267 yards with …

Heels return to AP poll at No. 20 but CFP rankings bigger

Orange Bowl possible with win at Miami By R.L. Bynum After a week out of the Top 25 and a blowout senior day victory, North Carolina is back in the AP Top 25 football poll at No. 20. The poll figured to have plenty of changes after six teams in last week’s Top 25 lost, …

UNC gets expected senior day blowout of Western Carolina ahead of big game at Miami

By R.L. Bynum With a huge road matchup next weekend at No. 9 Miami, the goals were pretty simple for a senior day matchup with Western Carolina: Take care of business, stay away from injuries and play a lot of young guys in the second half. North Carolina (7–3, 6–3 ACC) checked all of those …

Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron, Steelers move to 11-0; Trubisky keeps starting job

By R.L. Bynum Eric Ebron ended a long Week 12 in the NFL with a positive note for former Tar Heels with seven catches for 54 yards as his Pittsburgh Steelers moved to 11-0 with a 19–14 home victory Wednesday against the short-handed Baltimore Ravens. That game marked the NFL debut for defensive tackle Aaron …

Tar Heels play another top team well but again fall short of historic win

By R.L. Bynum In North Carolina’s second chance at a historic signature win in two seasons, the Tar Heels showed that the program can play with anybody in the country. Just like against No. 1 Clemson a year ago when UNC was a 2-point conversion away from victory, the Tar Heels couldn’t get it done …

Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron scores TD pass as Steelers roll to 10-0; Boston leads Panthers to shutout

By R.L. Bynum Tight end Eric Ebron and the Pittsburgh Steelers just keep rolling on. Ebron pulled down four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers moved to 10-0 headed into Thursday’s night’s home game against the Baltimore Ravens. After Pittsburgh rolled to a 27-3 win at Jacksonville, rookie Chase Claypool “interviewed” …

Idle UNC slips back into the AP Top 25 at No. 25

By R.L. Bynum Who said the polls are logical? North Carolina won two consecutive games impressively and got left out of the AP football poll a week ago. The Tar Heels haven’t played since then but are back in the poll after a three-week absence at No. 25. In the coaches’ poll, UNC moved up …