ACC media voters picked North Carolina to win the Coastal Division in the preseason. The team picked to finished second? Miami. This weekend’s game in Kenan Stadium between the Tar Heels and Hurricanes was supposed to decide the division’s front-runner. The winner would have an inside trek to Charlotte and the league’s championship game on Dec. 4.
Instead, those ACC title aspirations for Carolina (3-3, 2-3 ACC) have fizzled out. No team since the conference expanded to 14 teams has won the Coastal with three losses. (In 2012 when the league was still 12 teams, Carolina, Georgia Tech and Miami finished in a three-way tie for first and each had 5-3 records in the league.)
The Canes (2-3, 0-1) stagger into Kenan Stadium after news this week that starting quarterback D’Eriq King will have season-ending shoulder surgery. Freshman quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, who started two games including their loss to Virginia, will be making his first career start on the road against the Heels.
Saturday’s UNC-Miami game will be broadcast on the ACC Network.
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Game day details: When does the UNC-Miami game kickoff?
Teams: Miami Hurricanes at UNC Tar Heels
Where: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill
Date: Saturday, Oct. 16
Time: 3:30 p.m.
TV: ACC Network
Betting line: UNC is a seven-point favorite.
Series history: Series tied 11-11.