UNC Football: Notre Dame QB Brandon Wimbush status up in the air for Saturday’s game

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Notre Dame’s starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush could miss Saturday’s game at North Carolina

The North Carolina Tar Heels aren’t playing an Atlantic Coast Conference game this Saturday but instead will host a tough Notre Dame team.

The No. 21 team in the nation, the Fighting Irish, invade Chapel Hill looking to keep their win streak going as the Tar Heels look to get their second win of the season.

It’s been a struggle for UNC early in the year, losing their opener to Cal and conference games to Louisville, Duke and Georgia Tech.

Their lone win came against Old Dominion but they weren’t able to build off of that win, dropping two-straight.

Now the have the chance to play spoiler.

Notre Dame enters the game still with a chance to make the College Football Playoff at 4-1 with their biggest win over Michigan State and only loss to Georgia at home.

But the Fighting Irish might be without one of their top players come Saturday.

According to reports, quarterback Brandon Wimbush’s status for Saturday’s game is up in the air as he’s currently “day-to-day”.

Wimbush is in a walking boot after suffering a foot injury in Notre Dame’s big win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

Head coach Brian Kelly spoke to the media on Tuesday and said the results of the MRI didn’t show any structural nor ligament damage.

Kelly went on to reveal the team’s plans with Wimbush via Blue & Gold:

"“He experienced some foot soreness after the [Miami (Ohio)] game, so we put him in a walking boot, which is fairly typical relative to procedures,” Kelly said. “We just want to be really cautious with him, and we’ll begin the process of practicing and see how he progresses during the week.”"

If Wimbush can’t go on Saturday, sophomore Ian Book would likely get the start. It would be Book’s first start but he has appeared in four games this season.

UNC’s defense will have to play up to par no matter who starts for the Fighting Irish on Saturday.

The Tar Heels have struggled with giving up the big play in the five games they have played thus far.

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It also begins a tough stretch that features Notre Dame, Virginia, AT Virginia Tech, Miami and AT Pitt before closing out the season with Western Carolina and NC State. If the Tar Heels want any shot at a bowl game, Saturday is looking like a must-win.