Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
The ACC has released the 2013 football schedule which includes a Thursday home game for the Tar Heels.
A little football fix in the middle of basketball season.
Here is UNC's 2013 football schedule
|Aug. 29(Thursday)||South Carolina||Columbia, SC|
|Sept. 7||Middle Tennessee St.||Chapel Hill, NC|
|Sept. 21||Georgia Tech||Atlanta,GA|
|Sept. 28||East Carolina||Chapel Hill, NC|
|Oct. 5||Virginia Tech||Blacksburg, VA|
|Oct. 17(Thursday)||Miami||Chapel Hill, NC|
|Oct. 26||Boston College||Chapel Hill, NC|
|Nov. 2||NC State||Raleigh, NC|
|Nov. 9||Virginia||Chapel Hill, NC|
|Nov. 16||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, PA|
|Nov. 23||Old Dominion||Chapel Hill, NC|
|Nov. 30||Duke||Chapel Hill, NC|
The highlight of the schedule is UNC hosting a Thursday night game on October 17th. A Thursday night game in Chapel Hill is a tough gig logistically speaking which is why the game is scheduled during fall break. That sucks a bit in terms of less student support but a necessity give how limited the parking is on campus.
One oddity about the schedule this season is there are two bye weeks instead of just one(as noted on Twitter, because Labor Day is early this year, there are 14 weeks from then until the first weekend in December thus providing for an extra week.) UNC gets the first one prior to playing Georgia Tech on September 21st. Supposedly teams with a bye week prior to facing Georgia Tech helps and UNC's defense needs all the help it can get. UNC's second weekend off comes prior to the Thursday game against Miami.
In terms of difficulty, UNC has three very tough games in the first month or so road games at South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. After that UNC plays five of the final seven games at home with road trips to Pitt and NC State. UNC also has non-conference and FCS foe Old Dominion scheduled for the next to last game of the season which doesn't strike me as ideal. It seems better to clear those kind of games out by mid-October leaving only ACC teams down the stretch[UPDATE: According to Inside Carolina, ODU was originally scheduled for Oct. 12th but moved to Nov. 23rd to accommodate the Thursday night tilt with Miami.] The Tar Heels conclude the regular season with a Thanksgiving weekend game versus Duke.