CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina starts the season with a big nonconference game and ends it with a traditional rival.
The Atlantic Coast Conference released its composite schedule Thursday, and it shows the Tar Heels facing LSU in Atlanta on Sept. 4. North Carolina closes with a trip to Duke after switching out the Blue Devils for North Carolina State to end last season.
North Carolina travels to Rutgers and hosts two-time Conference USA champion East Carolina in the nonconference schedule, which also includes a home game against William & Mary.
The Tar Heels also host Clemson in the first meeting between the programs since 2006.
Eight of North Carolina's 12 opponents played in a bowl game last season.