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Can the UNC Tar Heels Reach the ACC Championship Game?

The North Carolina Tar Heels, ranked for the first time this season at 21 and the only ACC Coastal member in the top 25, is in the driver seat to win the Coastal Division for a shot at #3 Clemson or #16 Florida State in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, NC. The Heels are on a 7-game winning streak, the most recent win at Pittsburgh that gave them the outright lead in the division race. But, there are still four games left on the schedule, including two against hated state rivals. Here’s a look at the final four games for UNC, and how they might be able to find themselves in Charlotte in early December.

November 7: vs. Duke

While there still is a lot at stake in this matchup of the Tobacco Road Rivalry, it would’ve been a lot more exciting and noteworthy had Duke not lost to Miami this past weekend on one of the craziest plays in all of college football. Now, Duke absolutely needs a win to keep a shot at the Coastal crown. UNC has a massive challenge against the Blue Devils, boasting a top 2 conference scoring defense. They don’t give up much on the ground or through the air, so Carolina will have to find a nice balance between both to come away with a win. Duke QB Thomas Sirk has been near brilliant as of late, with zero interceptions in the month of October. Carolina had a lot of sacks against Pittsburgh, something rare for them, and they will have to pressure Sirk to prevent him from taking the game over.

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Written by Mac Gushanas