It’s hard to say how good the UNC football team will be this upcoming season, but that doesn’t stop us from taking a further look into conference play for the 2014 season.
The Tar Heels are set to play an even split with home and away games. Six games are to be played on the road while the other six are to be played in Chapel Hill at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Conference play starts off with one of the toughest games of the season where the Tar Heels will travel to South Carolina to take on the Clemson Tigers in what is arguably one of the toughest venues in college football.
Let’s take a closer look into the conference games that will be on the road for the Tar Heels for the 2014 season:
Sept. 27th — at Clemson
This is going to be a tough one. It’s as simple as that. The Tar Heels open up conference play with a road trip to the always loud Death Valley. Clemson finished the season ranked number 8 in the final AP Top 25 poll. The Tigers ended their season with a 40-35 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes and finished with an 11-2 overall record. The Tigers also went 7-1 in the ACC with their only conference loss coming at home when they hosted the national champion Florida State Seminoles. The Tigers did lose quarterback Tajh Boyd to graduation and wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the NFL Draft, so the Tigers will have a whole new face to their team which could be good news for the Tar Heels.
Oct. 11th — at Notre Dame
The Tar Heels will travel to South Bend to play Notre Dame in front of roughly 80,000 in “The House That Rockne Built”. The Fighting Irish finished 9-4 overall and ended their season with a 29-16 win over Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Notre Dame also finished their season ranked number 20 in the final AP Top 25 poll. The Tar Heels are 2-16 all-time against the Fighting Irish with the most recent game being played in 2008, a game the Heels won 29-24.
Oct. 25th — at Virginia
The Tar Heels travel to Charlottesville in week 9 to face the Cavaliers. Virginia finished last season with a 2-10 overall record and 0-8 in the conference. The Tar Heels are 61-53-4 over Virginia all-time and currently hold a four game win streak over UVA. Virginia signed two 5-star recruits in their 2014 class and had the 39th best recruiting class, so things may be different than they were last year for the Cavaliers.
Nov. 1st -- at Miami (FL)
The Heels will travel to Miami to face the Hurricanes who finished last season with a 9-4 overall record and a 5-3 record in the conference. Miami defeated UNC last year in Chapel Hill 27-23. The Tar Heels are 9-8 all-time against the Hurricanes.
Nov. 20th — at Duke (Thursday)
Based off of the past two seasons, this is one of the biggest games Tar Heel fans want the team to win this year. The Heels have lost the past two seasons by a combined total of 5 points to the Blue Devils. The overall series record favors the Tar Heels with an overall record of 58-38-4. Duke is coming off a 10-4 season while going 6-2 in the ACC, ending their season ranked number 23 in the AP Top 25 poll and with a 48-52 loss to Texas A&M. This season’s game should be a good one as UNC wants revenge and Duke wants to continue their recent success they have found in football.