When the North Carolina Tar Heels head to Atlanta to collide with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets there are a couple of questions that will be answered. Foremost, can the Carolina “D” find a way to slow down Tech’s triple option offense and can they win a meaningful game away from home.
Bobby Dodd Stadium only holds 55,000 people but when the Yellow Jackets are playing good football it can get pretty noisy in that place. As always it’s important that the road team come out and score early points and if Carolina can do that, they’ll be able to keep a mostly “front running” crowd out of the game. The Heels will have to score early and often, as well as play a little defense and that should help keep the crowd noise to a minimum.
The last time UNC was on the road the defense gave up big plays early and the team never recovered, If it happens again the result will be the same. The Georgia Tech offense is much more explosive than South Carolina’s and if they get off to a fast start like the Gamecocks did they could easily score 50 or 60 in this game. However UNC has a real shot at winning this one. The Yellow Jackets are great on offense, suspect on defense and in my opinion their stadium and the fans that fill it don’t provide the greatest home-field advantage in the world. Even though the Yellow Jackets represented the ACC Coastal Division in the title game, they were just 4-3 at home ( 7-7 overall).So sure it will be tough for the Heels to get a win this not so friendly environment but it very do-able.
Playing a team in their backyard is always a challenge and playing a squad who can score like this make that even more of a challenge, with that said If Carolina plays any type of defense they’ll have a real chance of a conference “W’ away from the crib!