North Carolina vs. Rutgers: Time, Channel & Prediction

North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams has accounted for 32 touchdowns (20 passing, 12 rushing). (Getty)

North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams has accounted for 32 touchdowns (20 passing, 12 rushing). (Getty)

The Basics


North Carolina (6-6) vs. Rutgers (7-5), Quick Lane Bowl


Friday, 4:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN


Ford Field, Detroit


North Carolina (-3). Line provided by

All-Time Series:

Rutgers leads 3-2 (UNC vacated 2008 win)

Last Year’s Quick Lane Bowl:

Inaugural game

UNC vs Duke | 2014 ACC Football HighlightsThe North Carolina Tar Heels upset Duke 45-20 at Wallace Wade Stadium to take possession of the Victory Bell. Marquise Williams ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 276 yards and two more in the win. The Heels scored 21 points off three Duke turnovers. It was UNC's 6th win of the…2014-11-21T05:45:18.000Z

@RFootball Highlights vs. MarylandRutgers 41 Maryland 38 November 29, 2014 Courtesy ESPNU2014-11-30T21:30:53.000Z

Heavy’s Pick

It’s the first bowl game pitting two Power 5 conference teams against each other. North Carolina went 4-4 in the ACC, while Rutgers limped to a 3-5 finish in the Big Ten. Both teams lean heavily on their quarterbacks.

Rutgers’ Gary Nova has seemingly been a Scarlet Knight forever. He’s played in 45 games, starting 40 of them, and holds the school record with 71 touchdown passes. Nova needs 310 yards to pass Mike Teel as Rutgers’ all-time leading passer. It’s not out of the question as UNC ranks near the bottom of the FBS with 263 passing yards allowed per game. Receiver Leonte Caroo (19.7 yards per reception, 10 TDs) should have a busy day.

UNC is 4-2 over its final 6 games and quarterback Marquise Williams has accounted for 15 touchdowns (9 passing) and just 2 interceptions in the 4 victories. When he’s on, the Tar Heels tend to win. Williams leads the team in rushing (737 yards, 12 TDs) and has thrown for 20 touchdowns. Which Williams shows up Friday?

It’ll be fun to see if Rutgers has Nova go after the school passing record (they will) and the dual-threat ability of Williams is exciting to watch. Neither defense is going to be the story of the game. Nova is going to hit on a few big pass plays, but Williams is going to get it done with both his arm and legs. And as I said earlier, when Williams plays well in all facets, the Heels usually win.

North Carolina 31, Rutgers 27

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