On this upcoming Saturday, it is gut check time for the Tar Heels! Virginia Tech is coming to town. North Carolina is coming off the heels of a slaughter of Idaho; however, I would not look at last week’s game as an indicator as to what will happen this weekend. Throw the records out the window. The Hokies are 3-2 overall, and 1-0 in conference play. The Tar Heels are also 3-2 overall, but 0-1 in conference play.
I am not concerned about Carolina’s offense. The Heels have three running backs, three wide receivers and a tight end that make up the offensive weapons that Bryn Renner can use. Putting points on the board will not be hard against the Hokies’ 27th ranked defense. As long as Bryn does not rush his throws and refrains from overthrowing open targets, then the Tar Heels will have an edge against Va. Tech.
On the defensive side of the ball, Carolina has to step their game up. The Heels should be undefeated going into this game. Both losses to Wake Forest and Louisville resulted from sloppy tackling on behalf of the defense. Va. Tech is not the typical team from past years. In previous years, the Hokies were dominant in rushing and passing. I expect Virginia Tech to attack the Heels’ defense via the passing game. Carolina’s secondary does not pose a threat to any quarterback. This means that the Heels defensive line must place pressure on Virginia Tech’s starting quarterback, Logan Thomas. Thomas has the build of Daunte Culpepper. At 6’6″ 260 lbs., this kid is built like a linebacker. It will not be easy to knock him down, or wrap him up.
Minimize mistakes, do textbook tackling, and put points on the board. I have the Tar Heels in a close win, 31-27.