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The Anti-Preview: #2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish VS #19 North Carolina Tar Heels

My disrespect is disrespect for all of us

Brendan McAlinden

Well, well, well... the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are undefeated, sitting atop the ACC standings, and ranked #2 in the country. It’s a pretty nice setup.

It’s a holiday, so I’m going to keep this brief (translation: restroom material).

North Carolina Tar Heels

The Heels score a lot of points against mediocre teams and they also lose to mediocre teams. The one interesting thing here is that the last time Notre Dame played UNC in Chapel Hill, Ian Book made his first start at quarterback — a win. The opposing quarterback that day was Chazz Surratt, who is now UNC’s leading tackler on defense at linebacker.

Notre Dame v North Carolina Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Here we go.

What should you be drinking?

Without question most of you will be eating leftovers on Friday, so you need a cocktail worthy of Turkey Day — or at least one that looks like it.

What should you be eating?

I already tipped my hand here with the leftovers — there’s just no way around it. That’s cool and all, but you’re still going to need a breakfast that ISN’T something you ate for lunch, dinner, and two midnight snacks. You have arteries to worry about here, and my girl Ree Drummond has the easiest way to take care of them.

What should you be wearing?

You’re full, sweaty, drunk, and will need to run this all off after Notre Dame beats the shit out of North Carolina. This is what you think you’ll look like — and I’ll leave it at that.

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3 reasons to hate North Carolina

  • Let me tell you about an academic scandal that netted jack and shit from the NCAA...
  • Somehow this team that lost to Florida State and Virginia is suddenly the team everyone has picked to beat the #2 team in the country.
  • Mack Brown is too damn likable and I hate that.

At the end of the day...

Notre Dame plays a physical brand of football that North Carolina isn’t used to, and is ill equipped to handle. While the college football media world is fixated on Sam Howell, Javonte Williams, and this high-flying offense — somehow they look past that they are giving up 30 points a game to teams not even remotely as good as ND. I forgot what my score prediction in the podcast was, but I’m thinking about Notre Dame 41, North Carolina 24. Cool.