UNC head coach Larry Fedora will be entering his second season in Chapel Hill. He took over for then-head-coach Butch Davis and inherited a team that was bowl ineligible. It was a struggle for Larry Fedora at times, especially on the secondary’s defense, but most in the Tar Heel state would agree that it was an incredibly exciting season—one moving in the right direction. However, the question becomes: what’s this year look like?
UNC finished 2012 with an 8-4 season that had its definite shares of ups and downs, including a near historic comeback against Louisville. The Tar Heels finished well statistically, too. They were 26th nationally in passing yards with 291 a game, 33rd nationally in rushing yards with 193.8 a game, and a very strong 8th nationally in points per game, averaging 40.6 an outing. However, UNC struggled on the defensive side of the ball. Chapel Hill was a miserable 53rd nationally with 25.7 points scored against them a game.
Larry Fedora will bring back senior quarterback Bryn Renner and bring in a new co-defensive coordinator in Ron West to clean up the defensive struggles. However, he lost All-American running back Giovani Bernard so he will have some definite holes to fix. However, things appear to be headed in the right direction with the strong recruiting class the exciting spread-offense has seemingly brought in.
UNC will square off against USC in a battle of the Carolinas, first game of the season. The Tar Heels are two-touchdown underdogs. However, they have a very winnable schedule. University of Pittsburgh will be the only team UNC will face in the ACC they haven’t seen before for a conference game. For the most part, their schedule seems like fairly middle-of-the-road competition that UNC should be able to handle. I think Fedora has all the pieces to finish with a 10 win season.