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A historical look at UNC’s 2016 schedule

UNC has beaten every team on their schedule. Let’s look back at one historical matchup against each team.

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Of the 12 teams on North Carolina’s schedule, they have beaten all of them at one point or another. This is definitely proof that UNC can go 12-0, and yes, that 1939 win over The Citadel is important.

November 2, 1963: North Carolina 28, Georgia 7

En route to a conference championship, North Carolina beat Georgia 28-7 in 1963. The Bulldogs may have struggled to a 4-5-1 record that season, but they can rest easy knowing they were a stepping stone to UNC’s first ACC title.

September 3, 2011: North Carolina 42, James Madison 10

UNC got their 2011 season off to a good start by beating James Madison 42-10. Bryn Renner threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first win under interim coach Everett Withers.

September 19, 2015: North Carolina 48, Illinois 14

This season is the return matchup of a home-and-home that started last year. Marquise Williams threw for 203 yards and ran for another 105 as the Tar Heels won pretty easily.

November 4, 2000: North Carolina 20, Pitt 17

UNC’s defense last season got a reputation for bending but not breaking. They never did it quite as impressively as the 2000 team did against Pitt. Despite allowing 407 total yards, North Carolina gave up just 17 points. They forced and recovered three fumbles and won, despite Pitt receiver Antonio Bryant going for 212 yards.

November 6, 2010: North Carolina 37, Florida State 35

The Tar Heels have only beaten Florida State twice, but one of them was the last time they met. Casey Barth’s last minute field goal gave Carolina their first ever win in Tallahassee. T.J. Yates threw for 439 yards as they knocked off the No. 24 team in the country.

January 1, 1998: North Carolina 42, Virginia Tech 3

In the first game of the post-Mack Brown era, UNC dominated the Hokies in the Gator Bowl. Carl Torbush won the first game of his Carolina coaching career over a man UNC later tried to hire to replace him.

October 30, 2004: North Carolina 31, Miami 28

In their first season in the ACC, Miami came into Chapel Hill ranked fourth in the country. They left with a loss. You know the one. Connor Barth.

October 22, 2005: North Carolina 7, Virginia 5

Carolina put up seven runs in the first inning, and held the lead thanks to a clutch save from closer Cedrick Holt. North Carolina held Virginia to just 199 yards, and needed just one first quarter touchdown to win this baseball score of a game.

October 3, 2015: North Carolina 38, Georgia Tech 31

Despite falling behind 21-0 in the second quarter, North Carolina rallied to pull out their first win in Atlanta since 1997. Marquise Williams ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. Two of those came in the fourth quarter, helping complete the rally.

November 7, 2015: North Carolina 66, Duke 31

This may be the third game from last season on this list, but hey, it was a really good year. On the first snap of the game, Williams hit Ryan Switzer for an 89-yard touchdown on a flea flicker, and the Tar Heels never trailed. UNC racked up 704 yards, with Williams throwing for 494 of them.

September 23, 1939: North Carolina 50, The Citadel 0

You’ll be shocked to know that there doesn’t appear to be much about this game available online. I’m sure the coaching staff will be breaking down tape of it in preparation for this year’s matchup.

October 27, 2012: North Carolina 43, NC State 35

Yep.

All historical information courtesy of Sports Reference