North Carolina’s first football game this fall is rapidly approaching, with less than a week to go until the Tar Heels take the field against South Carolina. The USC game is the first and the hardest on North Carolina’s schedule, when the Heels to go into SEC country and try knock off one of the top ten teams in the nation.
UNC’s other non conference games look to be much easier, as they face Middle Tennessee State, East Carolina, and Old Dominion all at home. The Heels also play a taxing ACC slate, with games on the road at Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, and a Thursday Night ESPN game at home against Miami. So what are the realist expectations for the Heels in Coach Fedora’s second season?
The schedule can be broken up into three sections, titled Season Openers, Midseason Challenges, and the Homestretch. For simplicity, the sections will be broken up by UNC’s bye weeks, September 14th and October 12th. The parts aren’t equal in games but they are equal in importance; each section offers its own challenges and opportunities for the Tar Heels in 2013.
Here is a closer look at the realist expectations for this year’s Tar Heel football team…