Sporting News released its 2014 bowl projections, and the news service has the Tar Heels going to their second straight bowl game. North Carolina is projected to play against Ole Miss in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina. UNC played in the Belk Bowl last season, defeating Cincinnati by a score of 39-17.
While playing against a quality SEC opponent like Ole Miss is a step up from an American Athletic Conference opponent like Cincinnati, heading back to Charlotte would be a major disappointment in Coach Fedora’s third season in Chapel Hill. Expectations are high for this upcoming season and the team, led by playmakers Ryan Switzer and Quinshad Davis, is shooting for an ACC Coastal Division championship.
Going back to the Belk Bowl would probably entail a 8-4 record or 7-5 record for the Tar Heels, only a win better than they did last season. While the Tar Heel’s schedule is tough, nine or 10 wins isn’t out of the question for this young team. And getting double digit wins would almost certainly entail a better bowl game that the Belk Bowl for the Tar Heels.
A projected bowl game of the Belk Bowl probably comes as a surprise to the Tar Heel faithful. But it shows that the national media is underestimating this Tar Heels team and the low projection will provide some bulletin board material for Coach Fedora’s locker room.
Sporting News projected Oklahoma, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State to be the four college football playoff teams, with Oregon and Oklahoma playing in the National Championship game.
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