It's Notre Dame Week

Andrew Jones, Publisher
Tar Heel Illustrated
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Notre Dame’s football team visits any school in the nation is always a very big deal to the home program.

North Carolina hosted the Fighting Irish in 2008, and Quan Sturdivant’s pick-six and a Cam Sexton leaping into the end zone made sure the famed golden domers left with a 29-24 loss.

That UNC team was talented and healthy. It was a solid team that beat an average Irish club. This weekend, an ascending Notre Dame team will visit Kenan Stadium to take on a UNC squad decimated with injuries and reeling after falling at Georgia Tech this past weekend, 33-7.

The Irish (4-1) are very good and might be a playoff contender. Their lone loss was by a point at home to a Georgia team that will challenge Alabama for SEC supremacy. Dame’s other results: 49-16 over Temple; 49-20 at Boston College; 38-18 at Michigan State; and 52-17 at home this past weekend over Miami (Ohio).

The Tar Heels have struggle with running quarterbacks, and Notre Dame’s Devin Winbush is exactly that. He can throw, too, and some say he’s a poor man’s Lamar Jackson, and UNC fans remember what Jackson did to the Heels last month.

Despite UNC’s struggles and the low morale surrounding the program given the rash of injuries, that could be up to 22 Tar Heels at this time, this is still Notre Dame week, which means a great opportunity for Carolina on a very big stage.

Focus and spirit shouldn’t be issues this week, and maybe with this opportunity looming a few new leaders will emerge. Goodness knows the Tar Heels need that to happen.

Notes:

*UNC's last game versus Notre Dame was in 2014 when the Irish won 50-43, which remains the highest scoring game (combined) ever at famed Note Dame Stadium.

*UNC is 2-17 all-time versus the Irish

*The average score in those 19 games is Notre Dame 27.4, UNC 12.9

*Current Heels Dajaun Drennon started the game at defensive end and Donnie Miles started at safety. Other current Heels that also played that afternoon: Allen Artis, M.J. Stewart, Cayson Collins and Bentley Spain. Injured Tar Heels Austin Proehl and Tyler Powell also played in the contest.

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