“I think we’ve got a good plan for short weeks and what we do with our guys, try to keep them fresh so they are ready to go on Thursday,” Coach Larry Fedora said. “Everybody knows their bodies have to peak on 7:30 on Thursday, so their clocks have to change in their heads.”
Two seasons ago, the Tar Heels were faced with a similar situation. On Nov. 20, 2014, UNC beat Duke 45-20 on a Thursday night game in Wallace Wade Stadium.
It was a dominant win and a memorable night. North Carolina notably broke out chrome helmets before the Duke game, to the delight of the players and the hearty pro-UNC contingent in attendance.
“I just remember two years ago, before I got here, that Thursday night game,” said sophomore linebacker Andre Smith. “I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. I don’t think we are going to get chrome helmets, but just go down there, whoop some behind, whoop some Dukies.”