When: 11:02 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20
Site: Camp Randall Stadium (76,634, FieldTurf), Madison, Wis.
Broadcasts: ESPN live TV coverage; 43-city Wisconsin Radio Network, live radio coverage; Wisconsin Public Television, tape-delay broadcast.
Wisconsin results to date
Home team in italics
Aug. 30—Wisconsin 24, West Virginia 17
Sept. 6—Wisconsin 48, Akron 31
Sept. 13—UNLV 23, Wisconsin 5
UNC results to date
Home team in italics
Aug. 30—No. 13 Florida State 37, North Carolina 0
Sept. 6—Syracuse 49, North Carolina 47 (3OT)
Tar Heels versus Wisconsin: This is the firs-ever meeting between the two programs. They will play at North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2005. Saturday's game will mark only the third time Wisconsin has faced an ACC opponent. The Badgers topped Virginia, 26-17, in the 2001 season opener and beat Duke, 34-20, in the 1995 Hall of Fame Bowl.
- Wisconsin's 10 consecutive seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher are topped by only one program in college football history—North Carolina. The Tar Heels had a 1,000-yard rusher for 12 consecutive seasons between 1973 and 1984.
- North Carolina is 11-6 all-time against Big Ten opponents. Most recently, the Tar Heels traveled to Indiana in 1999 and defeated the Hoosiers, 42-30.
- UNC quarterback Darian Durant has only started 12 games, but he is first on North Carolina's career touchdown list (37), third in passing yards (4,427) and first in career completion percentage (.619).
- 11 true freshmen and 20 total newcomers have played in the Tar Heels' first two games. The true freshmen include safety Kareen Taylor, linebackers Larry Edwards, Fred Sparkman and Melik Brown, tailback Ronnie McGill, receivers Adarius Bowman, Mike Mason and Jesse Holley, tight end Jon Hamlett and defensive tackles Shelton Bynum and Isaiah Thomas. McGill and Brown are starters for the Heels.
- The Badgers have not lost consecutive non-conference home games on consecutive weekends since 1969.
- North Carolina is 1-2 following a bye week under coach John Bunting.
- Wisconsin receiver Lee Evans needs just three catches to become the school's all-time leading receiver.
- North Carolina returned all five starters to its offensive line this season for the first time since 1996. The line quintet has 97 total starts to its credit.
- The Badgers are one of nine teams on UNC's 2003 schedule that played in a Bowl last season.
- North Carolina free safety Dexter Reid led the ACC, and was second in the nation, last season with 166 tackles (13.8 per game). He has 25 in two games this season, including 18 solo stops.