Game 1
#10/9 North Carolina (0-0) at Virginia Tech (0-0)
Blacksburg, Va. • Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 • 6 p.m. ET
Lane Stadium (66,233) • ESPN
Carolina Football Media Center

Series vs. Virginia Tech: VT leads 24-13-6
Series Streak: UNC won last game
Last Meeting at Virginia Tech: 2019 (L, 41-43 6OT - longest game in ACC history)
Last UNC Win: 2020 (W, 56-45)

Record: 0-0 (0-0 ACC)
Head Coach: Mack Brown (Florida State, '74)
Overall Record: 259-132-1, 33rd year
Record at UNC: 84-56-1, 13th year

Record: 0-0 (0-0 ACC)
Head Coach: Justin Fuente (Murray State, '99)
Overall Record: 64-49, 10th year
Record at Virginia Tech: 38-26, 6th year

Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET
ESPN: Jason Benetti, play-by-play; Andre Ware, analyst; Paul Carcaterra, sideline
WestWood One Radio: Bill Roth, play-by-play; Ben Leber, analyst
Tar Heel Sports Network: Jones Angell, play-by-play; Lee Pace, analyst; Dave Nathan, sideline
Satellite Radio: Sirius (84), XM (84)
Website: A live radio broadcast of the Tar Heel Sports Network is available on UNC's official athletic website,, as well as through the TuneIn app.
Classic Hits 100.7/99.1 FM (air time at 5 p.m.)

• Carolina and Virginia Tech meet for the 18th successive season on the football field to kick off the 2021 campaign. 
• The Tar Heels last opened a season against the Hokies back in 1946, a game played in Chapel Hill that ended in a 14-14 tie. 
• UNC is 3-6 all-time on the road at Virginia Tech. That includes a 2-6 mark since the Hokies joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2004 season. 
• The last meeting in Blacksburg in 2019 turned out to be the longest game in ACC football history with Virginia Tech outlasting the Tar Heels, 43-41, in six overtimes. Sam Howell tied a UNC freshman quarterback record with five touchdown passes.
• Carolina's last win in Blacksburg was a 30-27 overtime thriller in 2015 that clinched the Coastal Division title. Marquise Williams hit Quinshad Davis with a 5-yard pass in overtime to spoil coach Frank Beamer's final home game at Virginia Tech.
• The series dates back to 1895 when the Tar Heels won 32-5 at a neutral site. In fact, 16 of the first 20 meetings were played at a neutral site with the other four played in Chapel Hill. 
• The first meeting in Blacksburg was in 1930, a 39-21 Tar Heel win.

• Carolina is ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press preseason poll, marking the first time since 1997 the Tar Heels have opened a season ranked in the top-10. Mack Brown guided UNC to a No. 7 preseason ranking that year.
• The Tar Heels also begin the season at No. 9 in the USA TODAY coaches poll, the program's highest since beginning 1997 at No. 8.

• Mack Brown is 2-1 all-time against Virginia Tech. At Tulane, Brown defeated Virginia Tech, 57-38, in 1987. 
• Brown is 1-1 against the Hokies as the head coach of the Tar Heels. Last year, UNC won 56-45 in Chapel Hill. In 2019, the Tar Heels lost 43-41 in six overtimes  in Blacksburg, Va.
• Brown never faced Virginia Tech during his first stint as head coach at North Carolina, however, the two teams did square off in the Gator Bowl at the end of the 1997 season.

• Carolina is slated to host its home opener against Georgia State next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on RSN.