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North Carolina coach Mack Brown argues with the official after an interception by Wake Forest defense back Ja'Sir Taylor (6) in the second quarter at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, November 14, 2020 in Chapel Hill, N.C.(Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)

Tar Heels step out of ACC play to face Western Carolina

Dec. 3, 2020 9:01 AM EST

North Carolina is finally playing the nonconference game that coach Mack Brown believes could have given him a chance to develop more young Tar Heels players. UNC hosts Western Carolina from the Championship Subdivision on Saturday. The game replaces one against Charlotte from September.t Tat game canceled after...

North Carolina's Jeremiah Gemmell (44) stops Notre Dame's Kyren Williams during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Book, defense help No. 2 Notre Dame beat No. 25 UNC 31-17

Nov. 27, 2020 9:07 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Ian Book kept scrambling to buy time and help No. 2 Notre Dame put together multiple long touchdown drives. The Fighting Irish's defense allowed little room for Sam Howell and No. 25 North Carolina's potent offense to do the same. Book threw for a score while the Fighting Irish...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, center, leads the team on to the field for an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. Kelly's second-ranked Fighting Irish visit No. 25 North Carolina on Friday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Week 13: Notre Dame-N Carolina; Iowa St-Texas top game menu

Nov. 26, 2020 9:18 PM EST

The jockeying for position begins in earnest now that the first College Football Playoff rankings are out. Among the four teams at the top, only Notre Dame (No. 2 CFP) is expected to face a strong challenge this week. Alabama (No. 1) hosts Auburn in the Iron Bowl rivalry, Clemson (No. 3) is at home against...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2020, file photo, Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book looks for a receiver during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Clemson in South Bend, Ind. Book's second-ranked Fighting Irish visit No. 25 North Carolina on Friday. (Matt Cashore/Pool Photo via AP, File)

No. 2 Notre Dame visits No. 25 UNC in key ACC matchup

Nov. 26, 2020 10:52 AM EST

No. 2 Notre Dame (8-0, 7-0 ACC) at No. 25 North Carolina (6-2, 6-2), 3:30 p.m. EST (ABC). Line: Notre Dame by 7½. Series record: Notre Dame leads 18-2. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Notre Dame has won 14 consecutive games dating to last season and is closing in on a spot in next month’s ACC championship...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, center, leads the team on to the field for an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. Kelly's second-ranked Fighting Irish visit No. 25 North Carolina on Friday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

No. 2 Notre Dame visits No. 25 UNC in pivotal ACC matchup

Nov. 26, 2020 9:33 AM EST

Second-ranked Notre Dame is moving closer to playing for its first-ever conference championship and returning to the College Football Playoff. The next challenge is slowing No. 25 North Carolina’s high-scoring offense. The Fighting Irish enter Friday’s game sitting alone atop the Atlantic Coast...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, center, leads the team on to the field for an NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. Kelly's second-ranked Fighting Irish visit No. 25 North Carolina on Friday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 25 UNC meet in ACC headliner this week

Nov. 26, 2020 4:02 AM EST

Here are things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 12: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 25 North Carolina. Brian Kelly's Fighting Irish (8-0, 7-0 ACC) face their toughest remaining hurdle in their march toward the ACC championship game with Friday’s trip to face the Tar Heels (6-2,...

Boston College head coach Jeff Hafley, right, greets Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly following an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

ACC reaches for end zone of season-long schedule shuffle

Nov. 25, 2020 6:27 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — By the time the Atlantic Coast Conference came up with a fourth date for the game between Boston College and Louisville, the teams had one week to prepare. Gone was the bye, and the chance to rest up and heal. Out was the leisurely Thanksgiving meal the coaches could have had with their...

Wake Forest defense back Ja'Sir Taylor (6) defends North Carolina's Dyami Brown (2) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Taylor intercepted the pass. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP, Pool)

Howell, No. 25 Tar Heels offense a challenge for No. 2 Irish

Nov. 24, 2020 3:01 AM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brian Kelly has postponed No. 2 Notre Dame’s Thanksgiving dinner for two days — perhaps for good reason. His Fighting Irish (8-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) need to be light on their feet when they take on the explosive offense of Mack Brown’s 25th-ranked...

North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (7) passes against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Howell, Tar Heels make big rally to beat Wake Forest 59-53

Nov. 14, 2020 5:47 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — There's no deficit that Sam Howell and his North Carolina teammates feel they can't overcome. The sophomore threw for program records of 550 yards and six touchdowns and scored the go-ahead rushing TD with 4:11 left to help North Carolina rally past Wake Forest 59-53 on Saturday,...

Syracuse linebacker Stefon Thompson (27) puts pressure on Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman (10) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Syracuse, N.Y. (Dennis Nett/The Post-Standard via AP)

Tar Heels, Demon Deacons meet in ACC instate matchup

Nov. 12, 2020 11:32 AM EST

Wake Forest has spent the past month avoiding major mistakes to put together a solid winning streak entering Saturday's trip to North Carolina. It's an example of the consistency that Mack Brown would love to see from his Tar Heels. The Demon Deacons (4-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won four straight...