North Carolina football fans will have to take timeout from their hatred of N.C. State this Saturday.
If they want the Tar Heels to go bowling, a Wolfpack victory at Virginia would help the cause tremendously.
Although UNC (5-5, 2-5 in the ACC) can't catch the Cavaliers (5-4, 4-3) in the conference standings, UVa. will not be bowl eligible if it doesn't pick up another win. After N.C. State, the Cavaliers head to Virginia Tech, a likely loss.
(5-5, 3-4) is also teetering on the edge of bowl dreams. But the Terrapins will have to beat Georgia Tech (7-2, 5-2) to become eligible after losing to the Tar Heels 13-10.
And despite the ugliness on the Kenan Stadium field Saturday, Micron PC Bowl representative Mike Cochran was impressed.
"I think you have a very exciting football team," Cochran said of North Carolina. "You win next week (against Duke), you're 6-5. We'd love to have you."
The Micron PC Bowl gets the fourth pick out of the ACC. A trip to Miami for the bowl formerly known as the Carquest is up for grabs between UNC, UVa., N.C. State and Maryland.
Still, any scenario involving the Tar Heels getting selected fourth out of the ACC seems unlikely. But if Virginia can't get a sixth win, UNC very well could earn the fifth slot and go to Hawaii for either the Aloha or Oahu Bowl.