North Carolina plans to host the Idaho Vandals in Week 5 of the college football slate, marking the last out-of-conference game for both teams before they hit the ACC and WAC, respectively.
Additionally, UNC will be hosting Military Appreciation Day and might have a few surprises up their sleeves to honor the men and women who have so valiantly defended our country.
The Tar Heels look to get something going for four straight quarters against a team they should beat by 70. After losing to Wake Forest and Louisville in consecutive weeks, UNC bounced back nicely with a win over East Carolina and looks to pour it on with an even bigger output as it prepares for conference play.
Keep reading for the television schedule, live streaming and radio options for the game, as well as some key storylines for both squads heading into this matchup.
Where: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
When: Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m.
TV: Raycom Sports (NC)
Radio: Vandal Radio Network (ID)
Military Appreciation Day
North Carolina will honor the military at this game, and it has already started getting fan gear ready to represent what should be a special day throughout the state.
Even better for Tar Heel fans, they're unveiling a new patriotic helmet to be worn in the game, per ESPN's Darren Rovell on Twitter.
darren rovell (@darrenrovell) September 24, 2012
The patriotism resounds when you look at the helmet, while the simplicity of the Carolina Blue and the American flag in the NC is almost perfect. I love that they didn't go all Maryland on us, but still presented something that will clearly honor the attendees during the game.
The novelty day for the football program was a great way to boost attendance and provide some recognition for our military personnel. The game against Idaho isn't expected to be anything more than a tune-up for the rest of the season, but this additional storyline should fire up North Carolina to be dominant on its home turf.
The UNC QB has been a mixed bag this year, but his 321 yards against East Carolina are a step in the right direction. Now, with the ACC a jumbled mess following favored teams Virginia Tech and Clemson taking a step back, North Carolina has a chance to jump in and surprise some folks.
Can Renner produce a turnover-free day and lead his team to an easy victory against Idaho, who's allowing 250 passing yards per game so far? It could be exactly the kind of confidence booster he needs heading into games against the Hokies and Miami in the following two weeks.