Stat of the Day: North Carolina has not won at South Carolina in decades

North Carolina Tar Heels head football coach Larry Fedora (wearing visor) reacts in the student section. The Tar Heels defeated the Seminoles 79-58 at the Dean E. Smith Center. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

North Carolina Tar Heels head football coach Larry Fedora (wearing visor) reacts in the student section. The Tar Heels defeated the Seminoles 79-58 at the Dean E. Smith Center. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Second-year coach Larry Fedora leads his up-and-coming North Carolina squad into the heart of SEC country to take on cross-border rival South Carolina on Thursday night.

[Settle It: Who is going to win this Thursday night showdown, North or South Carolina?]

Even if the Heels were playing against the Gamecocks in a vacuum, leaving Columbia with a win would not be an easy task. They are not, however: There is crowd noise, there is traveling and a zillion other factors that will go into the evening’s showdown.

One of those, of course, is history. Right now, history is not on Fedora and Co.’s side.

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Here are a few more fun facts as fans prepare for Thursday night’s big game:

  • North Carolina leads the all-time series, 34-17-4, although South Carolina won their most recent matchup in 2007.
  • No team has won more than five games in a row against the other.
  • North Carolina’s 48-0 beatdown way back in 1914 still serves as the most lopsided win for either team
  • Interestingly, these two programs have only managed to spend a combined one week at No. 1 in the AP top 25: South Carolina has never been ranked at the top spot.
Photos: South Carolina to sport all-garnet uniforms vs. North Carolina