Sept. 6 SAN DIEGO STATE
Sept. 13 OPEN
Sept. 20 at East Carolina
Sept. 27 at Clemson
Oct. 4 VIRGINIA TECH
Oct. 11 at Notre Dame
Oct. 18 GEORGIA TECH
Oct. 25 at Virginia
Nov. 1 at Miami
Nov. 8 OPEN
Nov. 15 PITT
Nov. 20 at Duke (Thursday, ESPN)
Nov. 29 NC STATE
by UNC Athletic Communications
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference has released North Carolina's 2014 football schedule and the Tar Heels will play six home games in Kenan Stadium, including conference games against Virginia Tech (Oct. 4), Georgia Tech (Oct. 18), Pittsburgh (Nov. 15) and NC State (Nov. 29).
The schedule is also highlighted by road games at Notre Dame (Oct. 11) and UNC's first-ever ESPN Thursday night game at Duke on Nov. 20.
"We are excited to get back on the field and continue to build on the momentum created by our outstanding finish and our win in the Belk Bowl," said head coach Larry Fedora. "We have six chances to play in front of our fans in the Tar Pit and we have already started working to put a smart, fast and physical team on the field at Kenan Stadium this fall."
Carolina closes out the regular season at home against NC State for the first time in school history and just the fourth time overall. The other three season finales against the Wolfpack came in Raleigh in 1995 and 2009 and in Charlotte in 1998.
Overall, Carolina's 12-game schedule features nine teams that played in bowl games a year ago and five teams that won at least games.
Carolina will open the season at home against Liberty on Aug. 30 and San Diego State on Sept. 6. Following an open week, the Tar Heels travel to East Carolina on Sept. 20 for just the fourth time.
The East Carolina game is the first of five consecutive weekends against teams that played in a bowl game last year. Carolina travels to Clemson on Sept. 27, plays host to Virginia Tech on Oct. 4, travels to Notre Dame on Oct. 11 and welcomes Georgia Tech on Oct. 18.
The Tar Heels hit the road for games at Virginia on Oct. 25 and Miami on Nov. 1 and then have a second open week. Carolina faces Pitt on Nov. 15 and then closes the year against Duke and NC State.
Carolina opens spring practice on Wednesday, March 5, in Chapel Hill. Carolina's Spring Football Game is set for Saturday, April 12 at 3 p.m.
The Tar Heels return 17 starters from last year's squad that rebounded from a 1-5 start to win six of its final seven games and capture the Belk Bowl. All-America returner Ryan Switzer, who tied the NCAA record with five punt returns for touchdowns, is one of several young players who return in 2014. Freshmen or sophomores scored 46 of Carolina's 55 touchdowns last year