CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina will conclude its 2016 football season against No. 16 Stanford in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
Stanford will bring its 9-3 record, a five-game winning streak and one of the nation's most dynamic players in running back Christian McCaffery to El Paso. Two of the Cardinal's three losses came against teams that finished in the top-10 of the College Football Playoff rankings - No. 4 Washington (44-6) and No. 10 Colorado (10-5).
“We’re excited to represent the University of North Carolina and the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Sun Bowl, a game with so much history going back more than 80 years,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora said in a release. “Our team is looking forward to a terrific experience in El Paso with the opportunity to finish the season with positive momentum. Stanford consistently competes for the Pac-12 championship and this will be a tremendous challenge for our team.”
The Sun Bowl will mark Fedora's eighth bowl appearance in nine years as a head coach. UNC was banned from postseason play in Fedora's first season in 2012. He is 1-2 in bowl games at UNC.
UNC's last trip to the Sun Bowl resulted in a 35-31 loss to Texas on Dec. 30, 1994. The Tar Heels are 2-2 in four trips to the Sun Bowl.