Records: Virginia is 3-2, 2-1 in the ACC. North Carolina is 3-3, 2-1.
Series: North Carolina leads, 55-46-4.
Personnel: Virginia -- LB Rich Bedesem (knee injury) is out for the season; RB Antwoine Womack (ankle injury) is out for the season. North Carolina -- SS DeFonte Coleman (dislocated left shoulder) is out; FB Richard Moore (sprained MCL) is probable; C Adam Metts (left shoulder strain) is probable; DT Will Chapman (stress reaction in right fibula) is questionable.
Key matchup: In a matchup between two teams that boast the oldest rivalry in the South, special teams could decide who walks away with a third conference win.
"This will be, in my opinion, the fiercest special teams we've played to date," UNC coach John Bunting said. "They're awesome; they really get after it."
Field position has been critical for the Tar Heels all season long, and this game should be no different. In the last three games, all wins, UNC has had much better field position than it did in its first three games, all losses.
Although Virginia hasn't posted stellar numbers in the punting department -- the Cavaliers average 39.1 yards per game -- if punter Mike Abrams can stuff the ball down UNC's throat even half as often as Maryland's Brooks Barnard did, the Tar Heels could be in trouble.
Punt returner Bosley Allen hasn't lived up to his potential so far this season, averaging 10.5 yards for punt returns this season. Allen needs to put QBs Ronald Curry and Darian Durant in the most optimal position possible for UNC to be successful.