Nov 5, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard (26) is tackled by North Carolina State Wolfpack linebacker Audie Cole (42) during the first half at Carter Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Liz Condo-US PRESSWIRE

UNC Football: Heels Need to Forget Duke Loss Quickly

As we all know, the North Carolina football Tar Heels dropped a heart-breaker to Duke on Saturday. The win could have thrust the Heels into 1st place in the ACC Coastal division and continued to solidify that they are an up and coming team in the ACC. However, the loss essentially puts them back down into the depths of mediocrity that is ACC football.

With all that being said, the season is far from over. Due to NCAA sanctions, the Tar Heels are not bowl eligible this season. In some people’s opinions, a ten or twelve win season might even be a waste of a season if no post-season can be had. Given the history of the Tar Heels’ program, every win matters. This weekend’s match-up against North Carolina State is especially important.

Despite UNC having a solid team each year (with the exception of 2007) and being favored for the past few years, they have lost the last 5 games to the Wolfpack. Carolina needs think of his weekend’s game as their bowl game this year. Since they are not bowl eligible, this game should be purely about pride and in-state bragging rights which they should use as fuel to propel them to victory.

The UNC offense is still putting up a point amount that should be good enough to win. The defense needs to start to put the hammer down on teams. This UNC season reminds me of the 2009 Indianapolis Colts where their defense was terrible and Peyton Manning just had to outscore everyone.

By no means am I comparing Bryn Renner to Manning, but given their lack of defensive attendance, Renner Is getting charged with a similar job.
I am sure the loss to Duke stings, as it should anytime you lose to the Duke football team. Nevertheless, UNC needs to have a short memory and focus on NC State. The win is crucial not only for the progression of the program, but also to save UNC fans everywhere from the incessant, repulsive jibber-jabber from overzealous NC State fans.

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