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.
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.
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.