- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Miami (6-3, 3-2 ACC) at No. 17 North Carolina (8-1, 5-0, No. 23 CFP), 3:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: UNC by 13.

Series record: Tied at 9-9, though Miami lists a 9-8 lead due to a 2009 UNC win later vacated due to NCAA sanctions.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

North Carolina can earn a trip to the ACC championship game with a win and a Pittsburgh loss at Duke, and it’s chasing the program’s first 6-0 ACC record since 1980. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are looking to go to 3-0 under interim coach Larry Scott.

KEY MATCHUP

UNC’s receivers vs. Miami’s secondary. The Tar Heels have developed a deep bunch of receivers who have size and give them plenty of downfield punch, such as last week when they had three TD catches of at least 49 yards against Duke. The Hurricanes rank around the middle of the national statistics against the pass (217.9 yards per game).

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Miami: RB Joe Yearby. He ranks among the ACC leaders with 719 yards rushing (79.9 per game) with five touchdowns. A good day on the ground would help against UNC’s improved, bend-but-don’t-break defense.

UNC: QB Marquise Williams. He’s shaken off a disastrous opener against South Carolina and a brief benching in September to play some of the best ball of his career, including a program-record 494 yards passing last week against the Blue Devils.

FACTS & FIGURES

UNC has its best record through nine games since 1997 in Mack Brown’s final season before leaving for Texas. … The Tar Heels can become the eighth team in program history to finish unbeaten at home in a season and the first since 1996. … The Hurricanes have won the past two meetings, one with a last-minute rally two years ago and last year in blowout fashion at home. … UNC made its debut in the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night. Its No. 17 ranking in the AP Top 25 is the program’s highest since reaching No. 17 in November 2008. … This is Miami’s third straight road game against a ranked opponent and fourth in six games overall.

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