Preview: Miami at North Carolina

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 14, 2015
Where: Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


North Carolina looks to follow up its biggest offensive show in ACC history with a ninth straight victory when it hosts Miami (Fla.) on Saturday afternoon. The 17th-ranked Tar Heels put themselves in position to clinch a berth in the conference championship game this weekend with a 66-31 triumph against rival Duke – the most points it has ever scored in a league game.

Senior quarterback Marquise Williams, who threw for a school-record 494 yards last Saturday, told reporters North Carolina is still looked at as “irrelevant” and the Tar Heels like that because it keeps “a chip on our shoulder.” But with a victory over Miami and a Pittsburgh loss to Duke on Saturday, North Carolina will clinch a spot beside Clemson in the ACC title game. The Hurricanes won’t be an easy out after winning their last two games for interim coach Larry Scott, who replaced fired Al Golden. Brad Kaaya returned after a one-week absence due to a concussion to complete 20-of-26 passes for 286 yards last week in Miami’s 27-21 victory over Virginia.

TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU. LINE: North Carolina -12.5

ABOUT MIAMI (6-3, 3-2 ACC): Leading rusher Joseph Yearby (719 yards) said “it was good to have our leader back” after Kaaya was cleared to play last Friday night and threw for two scores one day later. Stacy Coley has been the go-to receiver since missing most of three games early in the season, totaling 31 receptions for 475 yards over the past five contests. Defensive back Artie Burns (team-high five interceptions) missed last week’s game after the funeral of his mother, but is expected back for Saturday’s contest.

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (8-1, 5-0): Coach Larry Fedora called Williams’ performance against Duke “pretty phenomenal” as he set a school record for career touchdowns (83). Williams is third in the ACC in total offense and has completed 66 percent of his passes; four receivers have recorded at least 397 yards through the air, led by Mack Hollins (553). Elijah Hood ran for three scores last week to push his season total to 11 and averages 5.9 yards per carry (813 overall) while Williams has rushed for 558.

EXTRA POINTS

1. With a victory Saturday, the Tar Heels can become the eighth team to finish undefeated at Kenan Stadium in a single season since it opened in 1927 and the first since 1996.

2. Miami freshman TE David Njoku had a career-high 63 yards in the victory over Virginia. 
 
3. North Carolina WR Quinshad Davis (2,373) needs 75 yards receiving to move into second on the school’s all-time list behind Hakeem Nicks.

PREDICTION: North Carolina 38, Miami 21

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Miami 6-3 W2 28.8 26.9 4-1 2-2 6-2 0-0 3-2
North Carolina 8-1 W8 40.1 18.6 6-0 2-1 8-1 0-0 5-0

Last Meeting

Miami North Carolina
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/1/14 UNC 20 MIA 47 494 295 199 313 66 247

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MIA B. Kaaya 64.7 189 3 0
UNC M. Williams 68.8 186 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MIA D. Johnson 19 177 9.3 2
UNC R. Morris 5 23 4.6 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MIA C. Walford 6 89 14.8 2
UNC T. Thorpe 4 66 16.5 0
TDs Player TD
MIA D. Johnson 3
UNC M. Williams 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
MIA B. Kaaya 62.7 2132 12 3
UNC M. Williams 66.0 2117 15 7
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
MIA J. Yearby 143 719 5.0 5
UNC E. Hood 136 813 6.0 11
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
MIA R. Scott 39 539 13.8 4
UNC M. Hollins 21 553 26.3 7
TDs Player TD
MIA J. Yearby 7
UNC E. Hood 11

Quickchart Matchup

Miami Off vs  North Carolina Def
403.2 yards
377.4 yards
3.9 yards/rush
4.9 yards/rush
8 yards/attempt
5.5 yards/attempt
North Carolina Off vs  Miami Def
495.9 yards
410 yards
5.7 yards/rush
5.1 yards/rush
10.1 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Miami Overall North Carolina
6-3-0 W/L 8-1-0
5-4-0 ATS 6-3-0
4-5-0 O/U 4-5-0
28.8 Pts For 40.1
26.9 Pts Against 18.6
Miami A/H North Carolina
2-2 W/L 6-0
3-1-0 ATS 4-2-0
2-2-0 O/U 3-3-0
30.2 Pts For 47.3
27.5 Pts Against 16.7
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