How did North Carolina get here?
The Tar Heels are 6-6, and finished tied for third in the ACC's Coastal Division. They became bowl-eligible by winning 41-10 at NC State in their final game of the regular season, and nearly beat undefeated Clemson in late September, losing 21-20.
North Carolina had not made a bowl game the previous two seasons. This is its first year under head coach Mack Brown, who previously coached the team from 1988 to 1997.
Freshman quarterback Sam Howell has thrown for 3,347 yards and 35 touchdowns this season, with only seven interceptions. As ESPN's David M. Hale mentioned in his ranking of college football's 40 bowl games, there are only two QBs this season who have completed at least 60% of their throws, and thrown for at least 3,330 yards and 35 TDs. One of them is LSU's Joe Burrow, who just won the Heisman Trophy, and the other is Howell.
How did Temple get here?
The Owls are 8-4, and finished third in the AAC's East Division. They are the only team to defeat Memphis, the eventual AAC champ, this season -- 30-28 on Oct. 12.
This is the Temple's first year under head coach Rod Carey, but it is the fifth consecutive year in which it will play in a bowl game.
Howell better watch out for Temple's No. 9, Quincy Roche. The junior defensive end led the AAC with 13 sacks and was named the conference's defensive player of the year.
Who's going to win?
North Carolina is currently a 5.5-point favorite, and has a 69.9% chance of winning, according to ESPN's Football Power Index.