On Saturday, November 10th, the North Carolina Tar Heels will host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket in an ACC Coastal division game. North Carolina enters the game at 3-2 and a half game behind division leader Miami. Miami only has 2 ACC games left against Virginia and Duke. UNC will need to run the table and go 3-0 in their final games in order to stay in contention for winning the Coastal division. Here are UNC’s keys to victory.
-Georgia Tech has been giving up a lot of points this year. They are averaging allowing 28 points per game including 49 to Middle Tennessee State and 41 to BYU. Both teams were able to run all over GT. UNC should follow the same game plan. They need to use the spread offense to spread out GT and run the ball with Giovani Bernard. Bernard is UNC’s best play-maker that combined with GT’s poor run defense should allow Bernard to have a huge game once again.
-In Georgia Tech’s mere 4 wins, they’ve held each opponent to 20 points or less. UNC just needs to keep GT’s defense off balance and guessing all day. Luckily, that is what the spread offense does. They have a solid quarterback in Bryn Renner and one of the best tailbacks in the nation. They are able to run or pass on any given formation. If they follow this key, UNC should put up a lot more than 20 points and get the win.
-Stay disciplined. As everyone knows, GT runs the triple option offense. In order to stop it, the defense must know their responsibility and do it. They cannot get fooled by misdirection. This might be tough for some of the younger players on UNC’s defense. The Heels are coming off a bye week and everyone should know their assignments.
-Stop them on 3rd downs. Since GT runs the triple option offense, their best friend is time of possession. They were effective in doing this in their 4 wins and that is why the opponents were held to such low scores. The less the GT offense is able to sustain long drives downfield, the better the chance UNC has of winning the game.
Given Georgia Tech’s questionable defense, the Tar Heels should be able to put up a lot of points against them barring they do not beat themselves with turnovers and penalties. As long as UNC can stifle GT’s triple option threat and not get beat on their big plays downfield, they should come out this game at 4-2 in the ACC.