It's not just an all-star game. It's a rivalry.
North Carolina and South Carolina will renew their feud in the 73rd Annual Verizon Wireless Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas at 1 p.m. today at Gibbs Stadium.
The Sandlappers have a two-game winning streak, including a 24-16 victory last year.
South Carolina coach Lewis Lineberger (Johnsonville) said his team has to execute to make it three in a row.
"We're going to have to play extremely hard and not have turnovers," he said. "We just have to make sure that (North Carolina) has to work for everything they get."
North Carolina coach Jim Oddo (Charlotte Catholic) said his team is ready to stop the streak.
"[South Carolina] has a very talented team with the No. 1 [running] back in the country," he said. "But our kids have worked hard and will compete."
The Tarheels will run a Wing-T offense and try to control the clock.
The game-time forecast doesn't appear favorable due to possible rain and cold temperatures, but Oddo said his offense shouldn't suffer.
"The Wing-T works well in that type of weather," he said. "It's a bad-weather offense."
South Carolina defensive end Drew Bailey (Dorman) said the defense has to be disciplined to stop the Tar Heels.
"We really have to tackle well," he said. "They run the Wing-T and will be hoping to click on all cylinders."
"We have a lot of Wing-T coaches," Lineberger said. "All of us have played against it."
North Carolina quarterback and N.C. State commitment Tyler Brosius (Tuscola) said his team is confident about its chances to pick up a win.
"We want to have a good game," he said. "This game is huge. Both Carolinas will try to show which team is best. Hopefully, it's the North."
Bailey said his team wants to continue the Sandlappers' domination in the rivalry.
South Carolina leads the overall series 40-28-4.
"Since we represent our state, we want to win it," he said. "This game will be a lot of fun to be a part of a rivalry that's now been going on 73 years."