The big red truck is rolling into Chapel Hill. On the side of the giant rig it reads the "
The Tar Heels are solid where it matters most and the result is optimism abound. On offense they are getting big plays out of new starting quarterback, senior Matt Baker, and feature a dangerous tailback Barrington Edwards who is coming off a career high 129 yards. Perhaps the strength of their team is found in the trenches, with their offensive and defensive lines, two areas where they were dominated last season by the Utes. The Tar Heels, playing at home, are feeling confident and wanting to avenge last season's embarrassment.
In fact, revenge is sounding like the big motivator for UNC.
"They kept their foot on our throat," linebacker Tommy Richardson. "Even though they were in control of the game, they were passing a lot and running trick plays. I'm looking forward to this game."
"This team's always going to have fighters on it," wide receiver Jesse Holley says. "The head coach is a fighter, and he recruits fighters. This game with
is personal and it means something. We want to get back to .500. And we owe them." Utah
Not wanting to burst the
So now forgetting the past, this year's Utes must show some toughness on the road. It would seem that Vegas believes
How good is UNC? The Talk and The Truth
The Talk is that UNC has a strong and quick defense that has held up pretty well against some good competition. The Truth is that UNC is still giving up about 22 points per game, and while their opponents have been solid, none of them are offensive juggernauts (Georgia Tech,
The Talk is that Matt Baker is a good QB and a great leader. The Truth is that he only has 4 TDs on the season and 5 Interceptions. He has made a couple big plays, including an 87-yard touchdown pass, but is still completing less than half his passes. Statistics show he is hardly the strenghth of their team.
The Talk is that UNC's offense is improved this season and starting to hit it's stride following a 31-24 victory over NC State. The Truth is that they are only averaging 19 points per game on the season and 9 of their 57 points were scored by their defense. Add to that another TD the offense scored after getting the ball inside the 5-yard line, and this low scoring team has had nearly 30% of their points resulting from their defense on the season.
Thinking about what will happen...
Keeping UNC from grinding out long drives on their home field should be a key. Especially early on, as
Can UNC mix it up enough on defense to confuse or slow down Brian Johnson?
TCU did this by getting
I think the odds makers have this game about right. I want to be wrong. But, I have a feeling that
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Want to know what a Tar Heel is? Here are two definitions I found:
(a) In the civil war a regiment from the state of
(b) An old derogatory term relating to areas of poverty in