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East Carolina's Terry Williams disrupted Virginia Tech's offensive line. The Pirates' nose tackle could be an even bigger factor against North Carolina, which features a youthful line that will be minus its most experienced player.

Zavier Carmichael figured when he arrived at Duke in July that there was a good chance he would get some playing time.

To many, the merging of cultural forces feels natural; to others, the most stark instances are uncomfortable – maybe even inappropriate.

Simms McElfresh, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior who attended Charlotte Christian, leads the Mountaineers with 10 catches through two games. He has three touchdown receptions, the second-highest total in the Sun Belt Conference – two against Campbell and one against Michigan on a memorable highlight-reel catch.

The consensus is: yes, ECU is good enough to win the ACC Coastal Division, but not so good that it couldn’t be upset. In other words, the Pirates would fit in well with the rest of the teams.

The Tar Heels have excelled in coin-toss game but have fallen short in games against the teams with the better record.

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