CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina has optimism from a strong finish and motivation from watching a rival's surprise trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
And that has the Tar Heels talking about making their own run in the wide-open Coastal Division.
The Tar Heels (7-6, 4-4 ACC) say they have the players to keep coach Larry Fedora's no-huddle offense humming, the experience to make an up-and-down defense show some consistency and a game-changing special teams performer in punt returner Ryan Switzer.
Last year, freshmen and sophomores scored 46 of UNC's 55 touchdowns as the Tar Heels regrouped from a 1-5 start to win a bowl game.
Linebacker Jeff Schoettmer says the players feel the division title is within reach and they want something to show for their work.