Dec 28, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back T.J. Logan (8) returns a punt for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Football: Are the Tar Heels the favorites in the 2014 Coastal Division?

Don’t let the 7-6 record fool you, the 2013 North Carolina Tar Heels football team over came a lot of adversity to finish the season strong and become one of the best teams in the ACC conference.

Three of North Carolina’s losses easily could have been wins had it not been for simple late game mistakes. They had a tough schedule playing one of the toughest in the country with No. 6 South Carolina, Georgia Tech, ECU, Virginia Tech, Miami, and Duke all handing them their six losses.

However, as the season ended and Marquise Williams took over the offense for the injured Bryn Renner, North Carolina began to dominate games and play some of the best football any team in the country could play.

They ended the season ranking 28th in the country in passing yards and had one of the hottest offensive in the nation under the leadership of Marquise Williams. They also closed a few gaps in the defense and became a rather solid defensive unit too.

North Carolina may be losing a few of their key players, but for the most part one of the country’s youngest teams will be returning most of their starters next season. Let’s also not forget about another top-20 recruiting class coming in led by the talented Elijah Hood! The running game should immediately become a factor again next season for UNC who lost Gio Bernard after two seasons to the NFL.

They will play Notre Dame on the road as well as Clemson and Miami. They do get Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech at home however making it a bit easier on the Heels.

Despite having another tough schedule, the Tar Heels are looking solid heading into the off-season with a ton of momentum in their favor. Next year’s division race will be another close one with North Carolina and Miami leading as the favorites to win the division while Virginia Tech has to rebuild. That makes their game against the Hurricanes that much more important.

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