The NCAA football 2013 live stream and TV schedule kicks off for week 8 with a Thursday night game involving the No.10-ranked Miami Hurricanes against the unranked North Carolina Tar Heels of the ACC. Miami looks to continue moving up the top ten, while UNC will attempt to pull off the first upset of this coming week's schedule. The latest college football game live stream and TV coverage comes through ESPN's sports networks for viewers on Thursday night.
A Sun Sentinel report from Oct. 16 indicates a kickoff time set for 7:45 p.m. EST tonight from Chapel Hill. While the Tarheels don't have a ton of positives in their favor, beyond ranking among the top 30 teams in passing yards, and having home field advantage, they are said to resemble the Hurricanes team a bit. Miami's scoring drives last on average 2:16 or less, while the Tar Heels have had all but two of their scoring drives this season completed in under 3 minutes 30 seconds. That uptempo style could be the recipe to put the Canes on upset alert in North Carolina.
Hurricanes head coach Al Golden gave praise to tonight's opponents from Chapel Hill, saying:
"We're not up-tempo like these guys. These guys are warp-speed. They're really fast, they have a great quarterback that's really bright and can see it and I'm sure he's healthy now. It's going to be a great challenge. It's hard to replicate that from the scout team, though the scout team has done a great job the last two days."
Heels' quarterback Bryn Renner had started 29 consecutive games until he was sidelined by a foot injury and unable to play against Virginia Tech. This season, some say Renner has struggled, completing 60% of his passes, although he has tallied 7 touchdowns and 1,117 yards so far. In his last start, he set a career-high mark for passing yards with 366 thrown, despite a loss to East Carolina.
On the season, UNC has a dismal 1-4 overall record, and is 0-2 in the ACC, so obviously a win tonight against Miami would be something to turn their season around. So far, the Tarheels have fallen to No.6 South Carolina in their opener, Georgia Tech, East Carolina and Virginia Tech. Of those games, the East Carolina game was the only blowout, with the others decided by about two touchdowns or less. Their sole win on the season came at home versus Middle Tennessee 40-20, so this could be a tough game for them to take tonight, even at home.
Miami will look to stay undefeated and go 6-0, with a 2-0 record in the ACC, where they've also got two other teams above them in the top 10: Florida State and Clemson. They'll get a shot against the Seminoles on Nov. 2 but it will be at FSU's home stadium. The only other ranked opponent remaining on the schedule is current No.19 team, Virginia Tech. Miami currently ranks top ten in two major categories for all college teams, as they rank ninth for both "points for" offense per game, and "points against," which may show a balanced team, or that they've yet to play many tough opponents to test them.
Odds makers have the line set in Miami's favor with the Hurricanes favored to win by 9 1/2 points over UNC tonight. The over/under is set at a total of 64 points for the entire game. Weather reports indicate a 40% chance of showers tonight with mostly cloudy skies and a kickoff temperature in the high 60's.
Thursday's college football matchup involving Miami vs. UNC will take place at 7:30 p.m. EST. Television coverage comes via ESPN, with WatchESPN providing the live streaming coverage online. To use WatchESPN, viewers need to be customers of a cable or satellite company that is associated with their service. See more information here at WatchESPN.