UNC has four wins with two losses. They’ve won every game at home. They’ve lost every game on the road. There’s a problem with this pattern, though. UNC doesn’t play every game at home. There’s a question quickly forming this season: Can the Tar Heels win away games?
It’s a fair question. Now, keeping in mind the fact that they’ve lost heartbreakers to a top 20 Louisville team and Wake Forest squad by a combined six points, victories on the road are an indication of mental fortitude. It’s something a young team often struggles with. It’s something a new coach leading a group of football players he didn’t bring in, labors with. It’s what UNC is definitely having trouble with. Winning on the road. It’s such a simple concept that eludes many teams.
How can the Tar Heels make sure it doesn’t happen to them from here on out?
1) Get out to an early lead.
You know why? It takes the crowd’s momentum out of it. Believe me, if we’re noticing a pattern in wins and losses with UNC—you better believe Miami fans know it. Chapel Hill, especially against Louisville, created both disheartened Tar Heel fans and overjoyed Cardinal fans. It’s a tough, bad-first-impression to overcome.
2) Control the clock.
The longer we can keep our defense rested, the better. UNC has a quick striking spread offense that has the ability to drive the field for a comeback push. However, why not keep handing Gio Bernard the ball? It eats up the clock and in the fourth quarter, we can unleash our potent tempo on a tired defense. That’s the perfect role for the spread offense to play in this game: executioner.