North Carolina has the sixth-ranked overall defense in the country in the latest rankings, but the statistic that matters most is the 3-0 start to the season. This is the first time since 1997 that the Tar Heels are 3-0, and it's no coincidence this is the fastest defense it has put on the field since the dominant group of '97 led UNC to an 11-1 record in Mack Brown's final season in Chapel Hill.
Defense sets the pace for Heels
The Chapel Hill News
After listening to high preseason expectations from the media and excited fan base, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is now hearing the other side of the coin.
However, despite the early expectations, followed by doom and gloom from some camps after the Yellow Jackets' 33-17 loss to No. 9 Miami last Thursday, Johnson says things aren't radically different for his team heading into Saturday's game with No. 22 North Carolina at home.
Georgia Tech on the rebound
The Gwinnett Daily Post
Georgia Tech will say goodbye Saturday to the defense that started the season.
That's according to head coach Paul Johnson, who said Tuesday morning during his weekly news conference that the Yellow Jackets were scraping their base 4-2-5 defense for a simpler, easier to manage 4-3 — meaning the defense will not field its usual four-lineman, two-linebacker, five-defensive back set against the Tar Heels. Instead, it will drop a defensive back in favor of using a third linebacker for blitzing coverages.
Defensive changes coming for Georgia Tech
The Columbus Ledger
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said that the Yellow Jackets are switching their defense from a 4-2-5, with four linemen, two linebackers and five defensive backs, to a 4-3-4 to simplify things.
Johnson explains defensive switch
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Late Tuesday afternoon, after breaking up his conversation with fellow linebacker Sedric Griffin, Georgia Tech linebacker and Macon native Julian Burnett confirmed that he will make the first start of his career Saturday when the Yellow Jackets host No. 18 North Carolina.
Burnett to make first career start for Georgia Tech
The Macon Telegraph