UNC Announces 2015 FB Schedule

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A season-opening game in Charlotte against South Carolina, seven home games at Kenan Stadium and a Thursday night road game at Pittsburgh highlight the 2015 North Carolina football schedule, announced today by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

2015 Schedule

Carolina also closes the season against NC State for the second consecutive year and just the fifth time overall. It is only the second time Carolina and NC State have played their final game of the season in Raleigh (also occurred in 1995).

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Schedule Notes:

• For the second time in the last three years, the Tar Heels and Gamecocks will kick off the college football season. Two years ago, Carolina lost in Columbia in a Thursday night game. This year’s season opener will be played in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. The Charlotte Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization that runs the Belk Bowl and serves as the local organizing committee for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, helped arrange the game.

• Carolina plays eight teams that went to a bowl game a year ago, including the last five opponents of the season.

• Carolina and Illinois are meeting for the third time overall and first time since 1987. The Tar Heels are 2-0 against the Illini with a 34-14 win in Chapel Hill in 1987 and a 27-0 win in Champaign, Ill., in 1971. Fedora and Illinois head coach Tim Beckman served on Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma State staff in 2007. Fedora served as OSU’s offensive coordinator and Beckman was the defensive coordinator.

• First-time opponents on UNC’s schedule are North Carolina A&T and Delaware, which are both coached by former UNC assistant coaches. North Carolina A&T head coach Rod Broadway is a 1977 Carolina graduate and was an assistant at UNC in 2001-02. Delaware head coach Dave Brock served as a Carolina assistant in 2005-06.

• Carolina closes the season with back-to-back road games for the first time since 2009.

• The Tar Heels play a three-game home stretch from Sept. 12-26 (North Carolina A&T, Illinois and Delaware). It is the fourth time in the last six years Carolina has played three consecutive home games during the season.

2015 Schedule

• Thursday, Sept. 3 – vs. South Carolina: The Tar Heels have played 23 games in Charlotte and are 16-5-2. That includes a 10-1-2 record against Davidson, 2-0 vs. NC State, 1-0 vs. Virginia Tech, 1-0 vs. VMI, 1-0 vs. Wake Forest, 1-0 vs. Cincinnati, 0-1 vs. Clemson, 0-1 vs. Boston College, 0-1 vs. West Virginia and 0-1 vs. Pittsburgh. UNC’s most recent game in Charlotte was the 2013 Belk Bowl, a 39-17 win over Cincinnati. This year’s game is Carolin’as first regular season game in Charlotte since facing NC State in 1998 and 1999.

• Saturday, Sept. 12 vs. North Carolina A&T: Carolina’s first game against the Aggies. A&T is coached by UNC alum Rod Broadway.

• Saturday, Sept. 19 vs. Illinois: This is Carolina’s first meeting with the Illini since 1987. In that game, UNC running back Torin Dorn rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the rain.

• Saturday, Sept. 26 vs. Delaware: The Blue Hens compete in the Colonial Athletic Association and have won six national titles, including the 2003 Division I-AA championship. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco led Delaware to the 2007 title game.

• Saturday, Oct. 3 at Georgia Tech: Carolina will be seeking its first win at Bobby Dodd Stadium since 1997 when the Tar Heels visit Atlanta. Carolina beat the Yellow Jackets in Kenan Stadium last season, 48-43.

• Saturday, Oct. 17 vs. Wake Forest: After a two-year hiatus, the Tar Heels and Deacons will meet in conference action. The last time the two met was 2012 when Wake pulled out a narrow 28-27 victory in Winston-Salem. This is the third-oldest rivalry in the ACC with 105 previous meetings.

• Saturday, Oct. 24 vs. Virginia: The Oldest Rivalry in the South will renew for the 119th time in 2015 when the Cavaliers come to Chapel Hill. Carolina has won five straight in the series, including last year’s 28-27 win in Charlottesville.

• Thursday, Oct. 29 at Pittsburgh: This marks the first time these two institutions have met in an ESPN Thursday night contest. It is also the second straight season and third time in the last four years that Carolina has faced a five-day turnaround between games. Last season, the Tar Heels won at Duke on Thursday night just five days after beating Pittsburgh on the previous Saturday. Carolina also won at Virginia in 2012 on a short week.

• Saturday, Nov. 7 vs. Duke: Carolina and Duke will meet for the 101st time in 2015. The Tar Heels have claimed the Victory Bell in 22 of the last 25 meetings, including last year’s 45-20 win in Durham.

• Saturday, Nov. 14 vs. Miami: Carolina and Miami will meet for the 19th time this season. The series is even at nine.

• Saturday, Nov. 21 at Virginia Tech: The last four games between Carolina and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg have been decided by 10 points or less. In 2013, UNC quarterback Marquise Williams made his first career start at Virginia Tech.

• Saturday, Nov. 28 at NC State: Carolina and NC State will meet in the final game of the regular season for just the fifth time overall. The Tar Heels lead the overall series, 65-33-7.

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