He's already gotten his wish.
North Carolina officially announced Saturday that Bunting's first game as UNC's football coach will be against defending-national champion Oklahoma on Aug. 25.
The game, slated for a 7:45 p.m. EST kickoff will be played in Norman, Okla.
"I think it's a great opportunity for us to start our season off," defensive end Julius Peppers said Saturday.
Bunting traveled to Miami to watch Oklahoma and Florida State in the FedEx Orange Bowl. The Sooners beat the Seminoles 13-2 to win the national championship on Jan. 4.
"I was able to come back and tell our team -- it was our second meeting -- 'Guys, I saw the best. We want to play a game like that,'" Bunting said. "They're there. We're not even close."
By adding Oklahoma, North Carolina will start its season with three consecutive road games, part of a brutal opening five-game stretch.
UNC will play at Maryland on
Sept. 1 and at Texas on Sept. 8. The Tar Heels open at home against Southern Methodist and then play Florida State.