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2012 football schedule and analysis: UNC

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North Carolina

2011 record: 7-6 (3-5 ACC)
Home games: Elon, ECU, Idaho, Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Maryland
Road games: Wake Forest, Louisville, Miami, Duke, Virginia

Sept. 1 Elon
Sept. 8 at Wake Forest
Sept. 15 at Louisville
Sept. 22 ECU
Sept. 29 Idaho
Oct. 6 Virginia Tech
Oct. 13 at Miami
Oct. 20 at Duke
Oct. 27 N.C. State
Nov. 3 open
Nov. 10 Georgia Tech
Nov. 15 at Virginia
Nov. 24 Maryland

Outlook: The Tar Heels start with a relatively easy game against Elon, an FCS opponent, before beginning conference play one week later on the road at Wake Forest.

The schedule sets UNC up for a fast start leading into its Oct. 6 home game against Virginia Tech, the first of back-to-back key divisional games for the Heels, who go on the road the next week to Miami.

Three of the last four games are at home, but the one road game in that stretch is difficult – at Virginia on a Thursday night, just five days after hosting Georgia Tech at Kenan Stadium.

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Andrew Carter is the University of North Carolina beat writer for the News & Observer.
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