2021 Schedule Preview: North Carolina Tar Heels

(Photo Courtesy of North Carolina Athletics)

While it has taken a bit longer for teams and conference to get their schedules together for the 2021 season due to the Coronavirus outbreak and various restrictions surrounding the virus, Schedule release schedule has finally begun!

The North Carolin Tar Heels are the 24th DI team and second from the ACC to release or post their full 2021 schedule. The Tar Heels come into the 2021 season after going 6-0 during the shortened 2020 season.

North Carolina’s Full 2021 Schedule:

2/7North CarolinaDenver
2/13North CarolinaJacksonville
2/16North CarolinaBellarmine
2/21RichmondNorth Carolina
2/27North CarolinaHigh Point
3/6North CarolinaMercer
3/11VirginiaNorth CarolinaACC
3/20North CarolinaAir Force
4/1DukeNorth CarolinaACC
4/10VirginiaNorth CarolinaACC
4/17SyracuseNorth CarolinaACC
4/25Notre DameNorth CarolinaACC
5/2North CarolinaDukeACC


  • Playing two conference opponents (Virginia, Duke) twice.

Games to Circle

2/7 vs Denver: The Tar Heels will open their season at home against the Denver Pioneers in a contests that has become one of the better early season meetings in recent years. Last season in Denver, North Carolina bested Denver 15-13 in a contest where they had to hold off a second-half Pioneer comeback.

3/11 & 4/10 vs/@ Virginia: One of the two ACC opponents that the Tar Heels will play twice this season is rival and defending (2019) Virginia. During the last full season, these two played each other twice and it was a one-goal win for the Cavaliers each time. Virginia won the regular season game 11-10 and ACC Tournament meeting 14-13. The Tar Heels haven’t beaten the Cavaliers since 2017.

4/1 & 5/2 @/vs Duke: One of the two ACC opponents that the Tar Heels will play twice this season in arch-rival Duke. The two Tobacco Road Rivalry matchups will feature what should be two of the nation’s best offenses with Michael Sowers leading Duke and Chris Gray leading North Carolina. Their last meeting was in 2019 and the Tar Heels took the win, 10-8.

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