The North Carolina Tar Heels made a statement against Virginia Tech last week. With the win, UNC moved to 4-2 on the season and erased some of the doubt around whether or not they could defeat a quality opponent. With a 48-34 victory, led by Giovani Bernards 262 rushing yards 5th most in UNC history, this seasons scoring outburst against the likes of Idaho and Elon before are starting to look like what will be the norm around Chapel Hill in the Larry Fedora era, not just beat downs against low level opponents.
The Tar Heels head to Miami after their three game home stand that saw them go 3-0 after a disappointing 1-2 start. Miami runs the ball well and has a potent offense, it will take a strong game up front from the Tar Heels defensive front. The Hurricanes haven’t always given their best effort this season, especially against Notre Dame. UNC needs to gain the mental edge by controlling the line of scrimmage and forcing the Hurricanes to become one dimensional on offense while imposing their will against them offensively.
After a huge win against the Hokies the Tar Heels must also overcome overconfidence. Did UNC truly turn a corner or are they the inconsistent team we saw against Louisville and Wake Forest early in the season?