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Georgia Tech (4-6, 3-4 ACC) in No. 13 North Carolina (9-1, 6-0), Saturday 5:30 p.m. EST (ESPN2)

Lineage: North Carolina through 21 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Series record: Georgia Tech leads 31-22-3

WHAT’S AT Stake?

The Tar Heels have already clinched the Coastal Division league title and a trip to the ACC Championship Game with last weekend’s win at Wake Forest. But manager Mack Brown has spoken of leading a team that still has a lot to prove. A win over a Georgia Tech team that faced UNC last year would give the Tar Heels their first 10-win season since 2015. The Yellow Jackets have to win to qualify for the Bowl, but that would take two amazing upsets. After visiting North Carolina, Georgia Tech finishes the season at No. 1 Georgia.


North Carolina QB Drake Maye vs. Georgia Tech Secondary. The redshirt newcomer got himself into the Heisman Trophy conversation with a stellar season, completing 253 of 361 passes for 3,412 yards, 34 touchdowns and just three interceptions. The Jackets’ defense ranks 57th in yards passing per game, 66th in red zone score, and 71st in third down percentage.


Georgia Tech: LBs Ayinde Eley and Charlie Thomas. The teammates have combined for a notable 195 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 10 games this season.

North Carolina: RB Elijah Green. The former reserve has risen to the top of the depth chart and is providing the needed soil production. He ran 22 times for 91 yards with a touchdown to go with a received score against Virginia and then 18 times for 66 yards with another score in the Wake Forest win.


UNC is attempting a perfect run through regular-season league play for the first time since 2015, the last time the Tar Heels went to the ACC title game. … UNC receiver Josh Downs has been in tears lately. He had 11 catches for 154 yards and three touchdowns at Wake Forest. This was his third straight game with at least 10 catches and his fourth straight game with 100+ yards reception. … Brown is 99-64-1 in his 14 seasons, spread across two stints, and leads the Tar Heels. … Georgia Tech interim coach Brent Key is 3-3 since taking over after Geoff Collins was fired with the worst win rate in school history. … Despite losing the sales battle for the first time this season in the 35-14 home loss to Miami, the Jackets rank fifth nationally in sales margin (up -11).


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