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Live at Kenan Stadium: Virginia football at North Carolina

The Virginia football team has not lost in its past two trips to Chapel Hill, but that trend will be tested heavily in a few hours when the Cavaliers take the field against a ferocious Tar Heels defense. In two games, North Carolina has allowed an average of 30 rushing yards, which ranks No. 3 in the nation. The Tar Heels also have tallied nine sacks, good for No. 7 in the country.

That said, Virginia will have to capitalize whenever it advances into the red zone, and that’s something the Cavaliers have managed to do thus far this season. Virginia is 11 for 11 inside the red zone – including six touchdowns – through two games.

Recent history would seem to side with the Cavaliers, as North Carolina has not won its ACC opener since 2000. Also, the Tar Heels have not posted consecutive wins over Virginia since 1981-82. North Carolina defeated the Cavaliers, 44-10, last season in Charlottesville.

A win Saturday would do wonders for Virginia’s bowl hopes considering this contest is followed by two home nonconference games (vs. Southern Miss, vs. Idaho) before its ACC slate resumes.


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