North Carolina football has ‘great opportunity’ when Notre Dame comes to Chapel Hill

Through five weeks, this season has been one to forget for North Carolina football fans.

Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora knows a win over No. 21 Notre Dame could change that.

Coming off an 8-4 campaign and an appearance in the Sun Bowl, North Carolina has started this season 1-4, with the latest loss a 33-7 beat down at the hands of Georgia Tech. Sunday, USA Today’s Dan Wolken included North Carolina in his “misery index,” saying the Tar Heels are “not only uncompetitive, but they’re not even entertaining.”

North Carolina’s daunting upcoming schedule makes reaching a bowl game seem unlikely, but a win over the Fighting Irish could provide the team the necessary boost to turn its season around.

Fedora said as much in his Monday media conference.

“(Notre Dame is) traditionally a great program and everybody knows that,” Fedora said. “It’s a great opportunity for our team.”

The one problem for North Carolina is that, at least on paper, the Tar Heels don’t match up particularly well with the Irish.

Notre Dame’s greatest strength is its ability to run the ball. The Irish are averaging over 300 yards rushing per game on the season. North Carolina, meanwhile, allows an average of 221.8 yards on the ground per game. That ranks 113th out of 130 FBS teams this season.

Fedora knows the Irish will pose a challenge. But with a tough challenge comes a big opportunity.

“They are … very well-coached and playing really well, running the ball really, really good, play-action pass and throwing the ball when they need to. Defensively, their front seven is as good as anybody we’ve played.”

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