The Miami Hurricanes, who are off to a 4-2 (3-0) start, have a legitimate shot of capturing the ACC Coastal division for the first time since entering the conference.
On the other hand, the Hurricanes just got destroyed, 41-3, against Notre Dame.
North Carolina is trying to bounce back from a 7-6 campaign, but the Tar Heels are only playing for pride, as they are ineligible for a bowl game this season.
UNC has won its last three games, including a 48-34 stomping of Virginia Tech last week.
Here's a look at the matchup on Saturday in Miami.
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla.
When: Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Betting Line: North Carolina (-6.5), Over/Under 68.5, via ScoresAndOdds.com
What's At Stake?
Miami has gotten off to a solid start this season, going 4-2 (3-0) while leading the ACC Coastal division.
The Hurricanes have yet to win the ACC or the Coastal division since entering the conference in 2004 and are coming off a 6-6 (3-5) campaign.
As for North Carolina, the Tar Heels haven't won the ACC or the Coastal division since 1980 and are coming off a 7-6 season.
North Carolina is ineligible for a bowl this season because it is under a postseason ban for former players such as Greg Little and Marvin Austin allegedly receiving impermissible benefits.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
FB Connor Gonet - Undisclosed - Questionable
OT T.J. Leifheit - Ankle - Questionable
LB Darius Lipford - Knee - Questionable
OL Ben Jones - Foot - Questionable
DL Olsen Pierre - Lower Body - Questionable
DL Curtis Porter - Appendix - Questionable
What They're Saying
Part of the reason UNC has gone 4-2 this season has been the play of its lines, on both sides of the ball.
Kevin Weidl of ESPN scouted UNC's top players on the lines in last week's game against Virginia Tech and came away impressed.
He gave guard Jonathan Cooper a grade of 92 out of 100, defensive tackle Sylvester Williams a grade of 91 and offensive tackle Brennan Williams a grade of 81. He labeled Cooper and Williams as sure first-rounders in next year's NFL draft.
Miami's blowout loss to Notre Dame last week must be swept under the rug. The Hurricanes are still atop of the ACC Coastal.
Despite a porous defense thus far, the offense has generally been explosive (besides the loss to the Fighting Irish). In their three conference wins against Boston College, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State, the Hurricanes have averaged 42.3 points.
Still, the defense must improve.
Linebacker Denzel Perryman called out his teammates after the Notre Dame game, via Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com:
I don't know. I don't know what's going on in their head mentally. All it comes down to -- just guys doing their job.
North Carolina Player to Watch: Bryn Renner, QB
Junior Bryn Renner has had an impressive season overall for North Carolina, completing nearly 63 percent of his passes for 8.4 yards per attempt and 15 touchdowns to four interceptions.
Against a Miami pass defense allowing 9.5 yards per attempt (third worst in the FBS) and seven passing touchdowns, it's hard to imagine Renner not going off.
Miami (FL) Player to Watch: Stephen Morris, QB
North Carolina has allowed just 2.6 yards per carry this season (eighth in the FBS), so this may come down to whether Stephen Morris can bring his "A" game.
Morris has been inconsistent this season. He had two huge games against Georgia Tech and North Carolina State, posting more than 1,000 yards passing combined, but went just 18-of-35 for 201 yards and no touchdowns against Notre Dame.
Key Matchup: Miami (FL) Passing Game vs. North Carolina Pass Defense
While North Carolina has been dominant against the run, the Tar Heels have still been solid against the pass, allowing 6.3 yards per attempt (tied for 31st in the FBS) while allowing five passing touchdowns with eight interceptions.
Stephen Morris has to be the guy he was against Georgia Tech and NC State and not the guy who struggled against Notre Dame.
Prediction: North Carolina 50, Miami (FL) 23
North Carolina is averaging 44.0 points per game (ninth in the nation) and allowing 17.8 points per game (27th).
Miami is averaging 30.2 points per game, but scored three points against a tough Notre Dame defense last week and is allowing 34.7 points per game (103rd).
I know this game is in Miami, where the Hurricanes have been better this season, but it's hard for me to see this being a close game given the matchup.
The entire Miami defense is suffering and North Carolina just dropped 48 points on Virginia Tech and has the defense to stop the Hurricanes. This could get ugly in a hurry, folks.
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