The football seasons at North Carolina and Duke have been hampered by problems, injuries and unrealized expectations, but one team will finish the regular season today with a much-needed win. The old rivals will play for the 97th time at Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium (3:30, ESPNU). Each has ample incentive for The Victory Bell, awarded each season to the game's winner, and ample contempt for the other.
Duke, UNC to play for 97th time
The Winston-Salem Journal
Four months ago, North Carolina was considered a contender for the Coastal Division title and a spot in the ACC championship game.
But investigations into rules violations regarding agents and academics derailed one of the most promising seasons in school history, as 14 players were sidelined at least one game over eligibility issues.
The roller coaster regular season ends today when the Tar Heels visit Duke (3:30 p.m., ESPNU),
UNC faces Duke with winning record on line
The Durham Herald-Sun
Yates normally doesn't answer questions from the media with cliches.
But when asked about Duke, even the Tar Heels articulate quarterback couldn't resist spitting out a predictable line about the annual game between the Blues for the Victory Bell.
Battle of the Blues is tough no matter what
The Charlotte Observer
North Carolina has dominated the football version of college basketball's fiercest rivalry for the entire span of Duke quarterback Sean Renfree's life.
Now that the 20-year-old is getting his first taste of it as a starter, he wants nothing more than to finally turn the tables on the Tar Heels on Saturday when the neighbors located 8 miles apart meet again.
North Carolina looks for 7th win in a row vs. Duke
The Associated Press
Duke linebacker Damian Thornton said he runs into players from the Blue Devils' arch rival North Carolina almost everywhere.
Thornton said players from the two schools, which are famously separated by less than a dozen miles, often frequent the same barber shops, restaurants and even bump into one another on the party circuit.
Duke hoping for rare bragging rights vs. UNC
The Shelby Star