Nov 10, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Vad Lee (2) with the ball as North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Shakeel Rashad (42) defends in the second quarter at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

How will the Heels respond after giving up 68 points?

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You kind of got the feeling during the first half of the UNC-Georgia Tech game that the team will the ball last would win the game. That would of been true except for the fact Georgia Tech scored thirty points in the third quarter alone. UNC’s defense has now surrendered 103 points in the past two games. I would of said they’d bounce back against Georgia Tech the following week and put up a valiant effort, I assumed that would of happened after letting Mike Glennon go all Peyton Manning on them.

In respect to the Tar Heels defense they have faced two polar opposites in back to back games. State runs a similar spread offense and Mike Glennon can straight up sling the rock. On the other side Georgia Tech runs a triple option attack that is almost impossible to prepare for. You would think with a bye the UNC coaching staff would of prepared the defense better for it, but obviously that wasn’t the case.

UNC is coming off a performance that in all respects was quite embarrassing. Giving up 380 yards on the ground and 68 points is not what the coaching staff was looking for when they embraced the slogan: “smart, fast, physical”. With that said UNC has two great leaders on defense in Sly Williams and Kevin Reddick and I don’t think they’ll allow UNC to put together another terrible defensive display.

Virginia has been inconsistent all year with quarterback play and they run a pro style offense which is easy for a defense to adjust to and make plays against. UVA’s offense has been hot in recent weeks putting together two solid wins against NC State and Miami, and you know they’ll be fired up for a prime time national televised game at home against the Tar Heels. UNC must wrap up and tackle because UVA’s running back Kevin Parks is a stud and if he gets going there’s a good chance that will open up UVA’s play action game.

My best guess is that Jabari Price gets matched up against Virginia’s star freshmen receiver Darius Jennings. Darius is not a physical specimen but he’s very fast, very athletic and has great hands. UNC must have a safety over the top to prevent him from having any big plays that spark UVA’s offense. In conclusion I think this team has a lot of heart and I think the defense is thoroughly embarrassed in their effort last week so my prediction: UNC 37 UVA 20

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