The North Carolina football team will play their 2nd ACC game of the season against Virginia Tech Saturday. The Tar Heels already have a loss in ACC against Wake Forest earlier in the season and really need this win to stay relevant in the Coastal Division. Here is what UNC needs to accomplish in order to pull out the win in Chapel Hill.
1. Do what UNC does: throw the ball. Virginia Tech played Cincinnati last week and gave up 376 yards passing to Cincy quarterback, Muchie Legaux. Cincinnati played Delaware State the previous week and they only allowed 208 yards to Legaux.
2. Don’t get excited about the Idaho game. The Tar Heels put up 66 points easily beating Idaho last week. Idaho arguably has one of the worst programs in the country. The Tar Heels cannot let a nonchalant attitude carry over this week. Virginia Tech head coach, Frank Beamer, loves for his team to force turnovers via blocked kicks and interceptions. So much so, that it has gotten the term “Beamerball.” They must stay focused, stick to their game plan and not turn the ball over.
1. Stop the run and be careful of screens. The Hokie running game has been progressing each week. The Tar Heels need to contain that in order to force Virginia Tech into 3rd and long situations. The Tar Heel defense is very aggressive and the football cure for that is the screen pass. UNC’s defensive linemen and linebackers cannot get caught on the wrong side of a screen pass.
2. Keep Virginia Tech quarterback, Logan Thomas, inconsistently bad. Thomas has been shaky throughout the season to say the least. The Tar Heel defense needs to get pressure on Thomas, which goes back to 3rd and long downs, to force him into errant passes.
Virginia Tech has been on a bit of a decline recently while the Tar Heels have been on a major climb ever since the 2nd half of the Louisville game. If the Heels can effectively execute the above things, they should move up to 1-1 in the ACC.