After suffering a huge loss to East Carolina last week, the North Carolina Tar Heels enter Saturday’s game with a 1-3 overall record, 0-1 in the ACC. The Virginia Tech Hokies on the other hand are 4-1 overall, and 1-0 in the ACC.
The Tar Heels are coming into this game looking for defensive answers. Last weekend against ECU, the defense allowed 603 yards and 55 points. Carolina’s offensive lead by Bryn Renner looks to be pretty stable. Renner threw a career high 366 passing yards and three touchdowns last weekend. He leads the ACC in passing yards per game and ranks 24th in the nation.
Virginia Tech’s defense looked solid last week against Georgia Tech on the road, holding them to only 10 points. VT looked especially good against Georgia Tech’s very impressive run game, holding them to only 129 yards on 42 carries. Hokie Logan Thomas looked confident last week throwing for 221 yards (19/25) and a touchdown. Thomas also rushed for 58 yards on 16 carries, which included a 26 yard run and a five yard touchdown run.
The Tar Heels offense needs to put up a lot of points in today’s game in order to beat the Hokies. VT’s Thomas is going to try to control the tempo of the game with Carolina’s lack of skill on the defensive side of the ball. This game could turn into a shootout if Bryn Renner can maintain offensive control against a very good Virginia Tech defense. Four of the last six meetings between these two teams have been decided by a touchdown or less. So look for this to be another close rivalry game.