UNC’s defense plays well; Tar Heels, Williams pour on the offense in romp at Duke

By R.L. Bynum DURHAM — North Carolina found the cure for its struggling defense in Durham and with the Tar Heels’ offense as potent as ever, possession of the Victory Bell was never in doubt. Javonte Williams, with 24 points, scored as much as Duke in Carolina’s 56–24 romp over the Blue Devils (2–6, 1–6 …

What you need to know about UNC-Duke: Time, TV, what to watch, statistics

By R.L. Bynum North Carolina (4–2, 4–2 ACC) at Duke (2–5, 1–5 ACC) Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham When: Noon Where to watch: ESPN2 TV announcers: Roy Philpott (play by play), Kelly Stouffer (analyst) and Alex Chappell (sideline reporter) Line: UNC -11.5 Over/under: 63 Last season’s meeting: UNC won 20–17 in Chapel …

Mack Brown says that UNC is “about to be really good”

By R.L. Bynum Mack Brown sees the mistakes and the flaws that led to frustrating road losses to Florida State and Virginia. While working to correct all of that, he likes a lot of what he’s seen from his Carolina team. “I’m excited about this thing moving forward,” Brown said Wednesday ahead of the Tar …

UNC falls out of AP Top 25, but still has shot at ACC title game

By R.L. Bynum Just two weeks ago, North Carolina was ranked No. 5 in the country and had visions of making the College Football Playoff and a New Year’s Six bowl game. After a pair of poor defensive efforts on the road and failed comeback attempts, the Tar Heels went from No. 15 to out …

Tar Heels fall to No. 15, extend longest top 15 streak in 12 years

By R.L. Bynum Even with a decisive victory over a ranked team, there didn’t figure to be much movement in the AP Top 25 poll for North Carolina considering that only one team ahead of the Tar Heels in last week’s poll lost. Wisconsin created movement though, and in the wrong direction. After the Tar …

UNC puts it all together in blowout of N.C. State

By R.L. Bynum It’s almost impossible for an opponent to beat No. 14 North Carolina when Sam Howell, Javonte Williams, Michael Carter and the Tar Heels’ defense are all playing well. No. 23 N.C. State is the latest opponent to make this painful discovery. Behind 160 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Williams, 106 rushing …

Tar Heels slide to No. 14 in AP poll, the second-largest poll drop in program history

Many questioned if North Carolina deserved the No. 5 ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, even Coach Mack Brown. After a rally fell short Saturday night in Tallahassee, Fla., against unranked Florida State, the stay at that lofty spot was short. North Carolina fell to No. 14, their lowest position since being ranked …

Carolina can’t recover from first-half struggles, runs out of time at Florida State

By R.L. Bynum There were hints that North Carolina’s young and thin defense had flaws during the first two games of the season. When Virginia Tech scored 31 second-half points last week, it became more apparent but was masked by a productive offensive game. In Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday night, there was no hiding the …

Tar Heels’ ‘publicity is ahead of where they are on the field,’ Brown says

By R.L. Bynum Since the offseason hype started about North Carolina football, Mack Brown has been the rare coach who embraces the high expectations. Even as the Tar Heels reached No. 5 in the AP poll for the first time since 1997, there still are skeptics about whether they are that good. You can count …

Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron with five catches, Hurst plays and Trubisky sits

By R.L. Bynum@RL_BynumAfter an unexpected week off for his Pittsburgh Steelers because of COVID-19, Eric Ebron was back at it Sunday with a season-high five catches for the second consecutive game to highlight the efforts of former UNC players in the NFL in Week 5. The Steelers tight end’s five catches came on six targets …