Old but infrequent rivals North Carolina and East Carolina will meet again today, with one trying to build a winning streak and the other trying to start one. Kickoff will be at 3:30 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill (Time Warner Ch. 520), and the game will be only the 13th in the series, even though the schools are only about 100 miles apart.
Rivalry is intense for Heels, Pirates
The Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina's young and inexperienced secondary will get its first true test of the season today when in-state rival East Carolina and its spread offense visits Kenan Stadium (3:30 p.m., Time Warner Cable channel 520).
Tar Heels get no relief vs. Pirates
The Durham Herald-Sun
The Tar Heels (1-2) are again missing numerous key players on defense due to the review, including NFL prospects Marvin Austin, Robert Quinn, Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams. But the Pirates (2-1) have their own defensive concerns heading into an instate rivalry game, namely whether an inexperienced unit that lost nine starters and has ranked among the nation's worst while implementing a new system can improve.
UNC, ECU trying to stabilize defenses
The Associated Press
Having a player lead the team onto the field while carrying the American flag has become part of the pre-game tradition for many college football programs.
But the honor of being the flag bearer may mean more to North Carolina safety Matt Merletti than most.
Merletti leads UNC onto the field with a flag that flew in Afghanistan
The Fayetteville Observer
Heading into today's game against visiting East Carolina, North Carolina has plenty to be concerned about.
Coming off first victory, North Carolina feels less pressure
The Burlington Times-News
Harris, at 6 feet and 205 pounds, is the guy in the No. 17 jersey the Tar Heels will account for on every down he plays today in their game against the Pirates at Kenan Stadium. During Harris' four-year career he has scored touchdowns as a receiver, running back, kick returner and punt returner.
Harris does it all for ECU
The News and Observer