Carolina Football

The Mack Brown Return Era begins with six home games including the defending na­tional champions.

Here’s the schedule with home games all caps:

Aug. 31, South Carolina, Belk Kickoff, Charlotte, 3:30 p.m., ESPN.

Sep. 7, MIAMI, 8, ACC Network; 13 (Fri), at Wake Forest, non-conference, 6, ESPN; 21, APPALACHIAN STATE; 28, CLEMSON.

Oct. 5, at Georgia Tech, 19, at Virginia Tech; 26, DUKE.

Nov. 2, VIRGINIA, 14 (Thu), at Pitt, 8, ESPN; 23, MERCER; 30, at N.C. State.

Tar Heel Downtown will kick off football here Friday, Sep. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 140 West Franklin before the first home game the next night at Kenan. Free outdoor concert, activities for kids, cheerleaders, Marching Tar Heels are expected.