Bruce Young THI
The Oldest Rivalry in the South rekindles its flame this Saturday when Virginia visits Kenan Stadium in a game a beleaguered and ravaged North Carolina team can win.
The Cavaliers are 4-1 with a convincing win at Boise State and last week over Duke on its resume. The lone loss was at home to Indiana by 17 points. Five games in, and it appears Bronco Mendenhall has this program headed in the right direction, and it begins on the defensive side of the ball.
The Wahoos are ranked No. 24 nationally in total defense allowing 324 yards per game. They are No. 39 in scoring defense (21.2) and are equally effective versus the run and pass.
What makes Virginia a difficult assignment for the Tar Heels is its defensive line is very physical, and it’s no secret UNC’s offensive line doesn’t handle physical fronts that well. In the last three weeks, the line has really struggled with everything, but especially physical fronts.
At 1-5, the Heels are desperate for a win, and even with the injuries that have afflicted the Tar Heels, they have enough talent to position themselves to win this Saturday. Carolina has won seven in a row in the series and an eighth consecutive victory over UVa is possible, but it will take the Tar Heels’ best game of the season, especially since the injury wave hit, to make that happen.
William & Mary – W 28-10
Indiana – L 34-17
UConn – W 38-18
@ Boise State – W 42-23
Duke – W 28-21