The South's Oldest Rivalry Continues Saturday
For the 116th time, Virginia and North Carolina will square off on the football field Saturday afternoon.
The Cavaliers have faced the Tar Heels more than any other opponent.
The UVA football team's ACC opener at Carolina will be a battle of unbeaten teams.
Virginia is 2-0 for the first time in six years.
UNC has won its first two games over JMU and Rutgers with interim head coach Everett Withers.
Sophomore quarterback Bryn Renner leads the Carolina offense, hailing from West Springfield High School in northern Virginia. He's passed for three touchdowns, but he's also thrown four interceptions.
On the ground, Giovani Bernard has four touchdowns in two games.
Senior wide receiver Dwight Jones leads the ACC with three touchdown catches this year.
UVA head football coach Mike London said, "They've got height at wide receiver positions. Coach Shoop has been running their offense for awhile. They're very productive. They'll throw the ball. They have a pretty good running game. Just like the defense is athletic and talented, their skill positions are athletic and talented as well. I think the quarterback has done a good job of distributing the ball to their playmakers."
UVA sophomore defensive end Jake Snyder said, "They came into our place and beat us last year. Like you said, it's been a rivalry for a long time. We've very passionate about it. Everyone's really excited about it. We can't wait to play them."
UVA senior cornerback Chase Minnifield said, "They always have a big challenge for us. I like the competition that's out there. It's a big rivalry for us and them, so it should be a pretty well, hard-fought game."
UVA junior tight end Paul Freedman said, "It's a huge game for us. We can really gain some more momentum, especially in ACC play here. Their defense is going to be a huge test for us, especially running the ball. I know they pride themselves on stopping the run, and our offensive line, we feel like we can move the ball on anyone."
UVA and UNC kickoff Saturday afternoon at 3:30. ESPNU will televise the game.