On the morning of October 18th, UNC Football was in a dark place. The Heels had just lost a thriller to a beatable Miami team on their home turf. It was as depressing a loss as there can be. Watching Miami march down the field on that final drive was painful, and one can only imagine how depressed the mood in Kenan must have been.
After that loss, UNC sat at a 1-5 record. To a casual ACC fan, it appeared that UNC would be headed for a ten loss season and the bottom of the ACC standings. To a North Carolina fan, the record was shocking. How are we 1-5? What happened? Many Heel’s fans also added up in their head the minor difference in the margins of victory of the games, but the major difference in the win loss column.
There was little hope to be found on October 18th, but at least we had something to go off of. UNC really did play well against Miami, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech, but a handful of plays turned the tide against the Heels in each game. That hope was what got us through the dark stretch, the hope that UNC would get to a bowl game and beat its in-state rivals, Duke and NC State.
Slowly but surely, the wins starting coming in. First a win against Boston College. Then a narrow victory over NC State, followed by a domination of Virginia. Finally, last week, UNC evened up its record to 5-5, back to .500, with a win over Pittsburgh.
Now UNC really has a chance to put all the failures of the UNC program, both this year and in years past, behind themselves. A win against ODU makes UNC bowl eligible, for the first time since 2011. Given six wins will only get a team to Shreveport in the ACC, but a bowl is a bowl. It would represent a turning point for the season and the program of getting on the right track after facing so much adversity.
So bring on the Old Dominion Monarchs. Lets get another win this week, lets become bowl eligible again. Lets put all that despair we felt on October 18th behind us, once and for all. And after we beat ODU, and get to a bowl, bring on the Dukies. We’ll beat them too.