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An early 11-day break for North Carolina will end tonight with a rare midweek game in demanding conditions. North Carolina will venture outside Chapel Hill for the first time this season to play Rutgers at 7:30 p.m. in Piscataway, N.J. Senior safety Trimane Goddard said he welcomed the break, so that the Tar Heels could make adjustments for its first appearance this season in front of a hostile crowd.
Hitting the Road
The Winston Salem Journal

When Rutgers cornerback Manny Collins intercepted North Carolina quarterback Joe Dailey with 1:52 left on Sept. 2 two years ago, sealing a 21-16 season-opening loss for the Tar Heels, it marked a clear crossroads for both football programs. UNC had been a fairly respectable 11-12 over the previous two years and was finally looking for a breakthrough season. Instead, the Heels broke down and six games later fired their head coach before the 3-9 season had even ended.
UNC at the crossroads ... again
The News and Observer

North Carolina hasn't played many Thursday football games, but kicking off at Rutgers tonight, on this particular date, adds extra significance to the event.
Tonight's game is more than football
The News and Observer

A rare opportunity for the North Carolina Tar Heels comes with a caveat. The Heels, precluded from playing home games on Thursday nights by on-campus logistical concerns, take to the field tonight at Rutgers on ESPN's exclusive national stage. They'll need to overcome not only the Scarlet Knights but the emotional impact of time and place.
UNC, Rutgers face emotional evening
The Greensboro News-Record

On another night, North Carolina coach Butch Davis might have been rooting for Rutgers. But instead Davis will be giving his all to take down the Scarlet Knights today in what he hopes will be another step in the rebuilding process he began last season with the Tar Heels. The teams square off at Rutgers Stadium in a nationally televised contest that could be pivotal to the success or failure of both programs this season.
Friends or not, Davis out to win
The Fayetteville Observer

If you had compared North Carolina and Rutgers on the eve of the teams' meeting to start the 2006 season, you might have said that they were two programs from the same stock.
UNC vs. Rutgers is rebuilding vs. rebuilt
The Durham Herald-Sun

Will UNC put on a show on national television? The Tar Heels haven't played a Thursday night game since 2006, when they lost 23-0 at Virginia. Because of parking concerns at Kenan Stadium, UNC isn't likely play one at home any time soon, so tonight figures to be the Heels' best chance to impress a national television audience for the foreseeable future.
Keys to the Game: UNC
The Durham Herald-Sun

It would probably be easier to convince Rutgers coach Greg Schiano to announce his plays in advance over the PA system Thursday night than it would be to get him or his players to acknowledge the North Carolina game is a must-win situation for the Knights.
UNC game as close to a must-win as Knights can get
The Newark Star-Ledger


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