North Carolina vs Wake Forest Football Preview

The Tar Heels and Demon Deacons meet in a weird non-conference match-up.

Who: North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0)
When: Friday September 13, 2019 – 6:00 P.M. EST
Where: BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC
TV channel: ACCN
Live stream: Fubo TV
Line: Wake Forest -3
Weather: Cloudy, 80°at kickoff

Last Week:

HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 06: Sage Surratt #14 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons celebrates after a touchdown reception in the first quarter defended by D’Angelo Ellis #12 of the Rice Owls on September 6, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Wake Forest beat Rice 41-21 on the road

UNC defeated Miami (FL) 28-25 at home

One Player to Watch on Each Team:

UNC Freshman Quarterback Sam Howell

It all starts at the quarterback position for the Tar Heels. Howell has been one of the best freshman in the country. Howell has yet to throw an interception and has orchestrated wins over two good programs and looked good in doing it.

Wake Forest WR Sage Surratt (13 receptions, 203 yards and two touchdowns)

Brother of UNC linebacker Chazz Surratt, Sage has been an excellent playmaker for the Demon Deacons this season.

This game has to mean a ton for the younger Surratt brother and expect him to light up the stat sheet on Friday night.

If North Carolina Wins:

The Tar Heels would surge to 3-0 and continue their torrid start to the season. After dispatching Miami (FL) last week, the Tar Heels would have to be considered the main contender to Virginia for the Coastal title. Although this game is considered a non-conference game, the Tar Heels would be in a great spot.

If Wake Forest Wins:

The Demon Deacons would have beat two highly regarded teams (UNC, Utah State) and would also sit at 3-0 heading into a match-up with FCS Elon. It would be a solid step towards another bowl game for the Demon Deacons under Dave Clawson, whose tenure continues to look better and better.


These two teams are incredibly evenly matched. It will come down to which team makes the fewest mistakes and commits the fewest penalties. How about an overtime game where Howell throws his first career interception and wide receiver Kendall Hinton takes a jet sweep for a game-winning touchdown? I’m down to watch that game.

Wake Forest 29 UNC 23 OT