UNC vs Virginia Tech: Keys to victory


Oct 6, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Bryn Renner (2) looks to pass as guard Jonathan Cooper (64) and offensive tackle James Hurst (68) block and Virginia Tech Hokies defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins (98) and defensive end Corey Marshall (96) defend. The Tar Heels defeated the Hokies 48-34 at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 6, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Bryn Renner (2) looks to pass as guard Jonathan Cooper (64) and offensive tackle James Hurst (68) block and Virginia Tech Hokies defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins (98) and defensive end Corey Marshall (96) defend. The Tar Heels defeated the Hokies 48-34 at Kenan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The North Carolina Tar Heels will try to save their season when they head to Blacksburg to play the Virginia Tech Hokies. Most would say Carolina has no shot in this one, However I do see ways they could “potentially” pull the upset.

First and foremost the Tar Heels must be able to stop the run. Virginia Tech is a run first team, so stuffing the run on the early downs will put the Hokies in some obvious passing situations and that’s a position their offense isn’t comfortable being in. Secondly the Tar Heels must tackle much better. All season long the inability to tackle has been an issue, so in order to stop Tech’s ground attack, good sound tackling will be essential. As a whole the Carolina “D” must play better. They must avoid giving up big plays and make this team grind their way down the field. If the UNC defense can remain stout against the running game and make Va Tech pass the ball, the chances of stealing one may become realistic.

Offensively Carolina has a major challenge in front of them. The Virginia Tech defense is good and can be really good. So its key that UNC has some balance on offense because the best part of Tech’s defense is their ferocious pass rush. That pass rush is led by Senior defensive end J.R. Collins who has a team high 4.5 sacks so far this season. If the Heels can’t find a way to run the ball, the crowd will get to going nuts, that Hokie pass rush will reek havoc and it will be a long night for quarterback Bryn Renner and the Carolina offense.

To be honest the Heels are facing an uphill battle. I don’t expect the offense score many points, they’ll most likely need a turnover or two as well as a key special teams play to have a real chance of winning this game

 

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