CHARLOTTE– The 6-6 North Carolina Tar Heels out of the Atlantic Coast Conference will take on the 9-3 Cincinnati Bearcats out of the American Athletic Conference Saturday at the Belk Bowl in Charlotte.
Both UNC and Cincinnati lost close games in their regular-season finales to rivals Duke and Louisville respectively. Both squads will be hungry to cap off the year with a bowl championship and some momentum heading into 2014.
Cincinnati will be in a familiar environment in Bank of America Stadium as the Bearcats beat Duke 48-34 a year ago. The Cincinnati offense averages 33.3 points a game with quarterback Brendon Kay filling the starting role midway through the season and adding reliable throwing to the Bearcat stable of offensive weaponry.
As for the Tar Heels, sophomore signal caller Marquise Williams will look to progress in his development under center. Williams threw 14 touchdown passes while also leading the team in rushing yards. His dual threat will keep the Bearcat defense on its toes.
Junior tight end Eric Ebron will start his final game in Carolina uniform before he enters the NFL Draft in 2014. Ebron is the team leader in receptions, with 55, and yards, with 895, this season.
The game is scheduled for a 3:20 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast on WCHL, 97.9 FM starting with pregame coverage at 12 p.m. The contest will also be televised nationwide on ESPN.