Tar Heels and Tigers likely won’t square off in 2020

Michael Carter and Nick Brahms likely won’t get a chance to play against each other on the football field this year.

With the ACC expected to play only conference games this season, a much-anticipated matchup between the Tar Heels and Tigers in Atlanta is likely off the table.

Carter and Brahms were teammates at Navarre and are long-time friends. Back in 2018, UNC and Auburn set up a game for Sept. 12, 2020 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

But the ACC is leaning in the direction of abbreviating its schedule to only conference games amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both players talked earlier this summer about having the opportunity to play in a game against each other at the college level.

Brahms, a standout offensive lineman for the Tigers, joked that he wanted to play linebacker for the game.

Carter, who ranks 15th all-time in rushing at UNC, was also looking forward to the showdown. But the running back didn’t plan on vying for a position switch, noting he’d just talk with Brahms before and after the game.

For Carter, he would also miss out on a chance to return to his home state. The Tar Heels are set to open the 2020 campaign against Central Florida in Orlando.

The SEC has yet to decide what it will do with its 2020 schedule. The Tigers are scheduled to kick off their season Sept. 5 against Alcorn State.

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