Carolina's 2007 Football Schedule Released

Chapel Hill, N.C. --- The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the league's 2007 football schedule on Wednesday and North Carolina will play host to six home games in Butch Davis's first season as head coach.

The Tar Heels play host to James Madison, Virginia, Miami, South Carolina, Maryland and Duke and play road games at East Carolina, South Florida, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, NC State and Georgia Tech. Eight of the Tar Heels' 12 opponents were in bowl games last season.

Butch Davis's first game as UNC's head coach will come on Sept. 1 vs. James Madison at Kenan Stadium. The Dukes advanced to the Division I-AA playoffs in 2006 before losing to Youngstown State. A week later, the Tar Heels travel to East Carolina for just the second time in school history. UNC scored a 28-17 victory in its only other visit to Greenville in 2003.

Carolina's ACC home season begins on Sept. 15 vs. Virginia, followed by road games at South Florida on Sept. 22 and at Virginia Tech on Sept. 29.

On Oct. 6, Carolina welcomes Miami to Chapel Hill for the first time since the Tar Heels' dramatic 31-28 victory over the fourth-ranked Hurricanes in 2004. Davis was head coach for six seasons at Miami (1995-2000) and led the Hurricanes to a 51-20 record, three Big East Conference championships and four postseason bowl wins in as many appearances.

The following week, South Carolina visits Chapel Hill for the first time since 1991. North Carolina leads the series with the Gamecocks, 34-16-4.

After an open week on Oct. 20, UNC travels to face ACC defending champion Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, followed by a home game vs. Maryland on Nov. 3. Carolina faces back-to-back road games at NC State on Nov. 10 and at Georgia Tech on Nov. 17, before finishing the regular season at home vs. Duke.

Sept. 1James MadisonChapel Hill
Sept. 8at East CarolinaGreenville, N.C.
Sept. 15VirginiaChapel Hill, N.C.
Sept. 22at South FloridaTampa, Fla.
Sept. 29at Virginia TechBlacksburg, Va.
Oct. 6MiamiChapel Hill
Oct. 13South CarolinaChapel Hill
Oct. 20OPEN
Oct. 27at Wake ForestWinston-Salem, N.C.
Nov. 3MarylandChapel Hill
Nov. 10at NC StateRaleigh, N.C.
Nov. 17at Georgia TechAtlanta, Ga.
Nov. 24DukeChapel Hill

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