Tar Heels Aim To Stop 5-Year Skid Vs. Wolfpack

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina hosts rival North Carolina State on Saturday with the goal of snapping a five-year losing streak in the long rivalry.

The Tar Heels (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) haven't beaten the Wolfpack since Tom O'Brien took over in Raleigh in 2007. They've never lost six straight in the series.

The pressure is already on first-year coach Larry Fedora to snap a losing streak in the rivalry between programs separated by a 30-minute drive on Interstate 40. In fact, Fedora said, the skid had been "pointed out to me since the first handshake when I took the job."

While UNC is banned from a bowl for NCAA violations, the Wolfpack (5-2, 2-1) can still win the league's Atlantic Division championship after upsetting then-No. 3 Florida State on Oct. 6.