No. 10 North Carolina (11-2) vs. No. 18 Baylor (9-3), Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: North Carolina by 3
Series Record: First meeting
WHAT’S AT STAKE
After claiming the Athletic Coast Conference Coastal Division title, the Tar Heels are looking to end their season on a high note after coming up short in the ACC championship game against Clemson. Baylor is making its program’s sixth straight bowl appearance and is trying to bring its all-time bowl record back to .500. The Bears enter 10-11 in bowl games.
This should be a slugfest between two of the nation’s top-rated offenses. The Tar Heels led the nation in yards per play (7.33), followed by the Bears at 7.25. Baylor also has the Football Bowl Subdivision’s top scoring offense, averaging 48 points per game. North Carolina is 11th at 40.9.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
UNC: QB Marquise Williams. Completed 61 percent of his passes this season, throwing for 21 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. For his career Williams has accounted for a school-record 94 career touchdowns (58 passing, 33 rushing, 3 receiving), which ranks third in ACC history.
Baylor: RB Devin Chafin. With nine TDs this season (eight rushing, one receiving), Chafin is the Bears’ most-productive offensive player on the field with quarterbacks Seth Russell (neck injury) and Jarrett Stidham (broken ankle), Biletnikoff Award winning receiver Corey Coleman (hernia surgery), and running back Shock Linwood (broken foot) all sitting with injuries.
FACTS & FIGURES
With a win UNC would be the first team in school history to win 12 games. .The Tar Heels are just one of 11 schools in the country averaging more than 200 yards rushing and 250 passing yards per game. .Baylor’s defense ranks eighth nationally in tackles for a loss (7.9 per game). .Baylor is 18-18 vs. current ACC members. .The Bears are 3-8 all-time in the state of Florida, and 0-3 in bowl games in the Sunshine state.
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