After its fourth road game in the first six weeks of the season, Miami will open a three-game homestand Saturday when it faces North Carolina at Sun Life Stadium at 2:30 p.m (ESPNU).
Several Canespacers will be on hand to witness what will hopefully be another big ACC win over the Tar Heels. A victory would move the Hurricanes ever closer to that elusive ACC Coastal Division title and almost guarantee UM a shot at their first ACC Championship.
• Saturday will mark the 15th series meeting, with both schools having won seven games. The Hurricanes have won the previous two meetings, including a 30-24 win at Chapel Hill in 2011.
• Miami, tied atop the ACC Coastal Division standings, is the only ACC team with three conference wins thus far. The Canes are looking for their first 4-0 start in ACC play.
• Senior CB Brandon McGee recorded a career-best nine tackles against Notre Dame. Eight of the tackles were solo and one was for a four yard loss.
• Nine different Miami players had a reception in Miami’s loss to Notre Dame, including four catches each by senior WR Davon Johnson and sophomore WR Rashawn Scott.
• In each of Miami’s four wins, Miami made up a deficit of at least seven points to come back and win.
• Miami is 7-7 all-time against North Carolina, but has won the last two meetings with the Tar Heels.
• The series opened in 1946, with UNC beating the Canes 21-0 in the Orange Bowl.
• The Canes are 6-3 against North Carolina at home and has won six of the last seven meetings on their home field, including a 33-10 win at Sun Life Stadium in 2010.
• Miami defeated the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill for the first time in five chances last season.
IF MIAMI WINS ON SATURDAY IT WOULD:
• Give the Hurricanes their 4-0 start in conference play since joining the ACC in 2004 and make CGNC, Hassan, DTX, UMike, RaizeCane, LB and WillieWill really happy.
• Surpass Miami’s ACC win total from 2011 and shut up OGV and Zakkee for at least one week.
• Give the Hurricanes their third consecutive win over UNC and an 8-7 all-time series edge between the teams and help SolarCane be able to celebrate like it is 1999.