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UNC Auburn football to play in the 2020 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

On Thursday afternoon it was announced that UNC football will take on Auburn in the 2020 Chick-fil-A kickoff game in Atlanta. The game will take place during the second week of the 2020 season, on Sept. 12.

This is the third time North Carolina will participate in this game. Back in 2010, a top-20 UNC squad fell to LSU, 30-24, despite outscoring the Tigers in the second half, 14-0. Two years ago, in 2016, the Tar Heels fell in another closely-contested affair: behind 222 rushing yards from Nick Chubb, Georgia defeated UNC 33-24.

 

Reunited with AU

The matchup for UNC with Auburn is a fun one, too. The two programs haven’t faced one another since the 2001 Peach Bowl, which North Carolina won, 16-10. Willie Parker led the Heels that day with 131 rushing yards in a New Year’s Eve victory — also in Atlanta.

Fittingly, this win, which was a dominant defensive performance, was also the last game for Julius Peppers in a UNC football uniform. That day, UNC shutdown future NFL starters Jason Campbell and Ronnie Brown.

According to Winspedia, UNC and Auburn have played six times — with North Carolina coming away victorious on four occasions. Three of those games, however, took place before 1902 — all victories for the Heels. (UNC won the 1892 contest by a score of 64-0 — where’s the defense, Auburn?!)

The two programs had a home-and-home series in the late 1980s. Pat Dye’s Tigers won both of those games, including a 47-21 victory over Mack Brown in 1988 — his debut season in Chapel Hill.

 

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