After possibly the most difficult week in the history of the University of North Carolina, fans and players of UNC football will be happy to get back to watching football…not press conferences. The fallout from this week’s release of the Wainstein report will hang over both the University and its athletic program for some time to come, but the Tar Heels and their head coach Larry Fedora still have a crucial ACC Coastal Division matchup coming up this Saturday in Charlottesville against UVA. The “Oldest Rivalry in the South” will renew for the 119th time at 12:30PM this Saturday on the ACC Network.
After a season saving win against Georgia Tech last week, the Tar Heels will head to Charlottesville holding their own destiny in their hands in the coastal division. UVA is a seven-point favorite due for the most part to a stout run defense that ranks ninth nationally, holding opponents to an average of 100.6 ypg. On the offense side of the ball for UVA senior running back Kevin Parks from Charlotte, NC leads the attack. Parks has 502 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season.
Since Larry Fedora has abandoned the much maligned two quarterback system after the loss to Virginia Tech, junior (RS) quarterback Marquise Williams has put up video game like numbers against Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. Williams is not only the leading passer for the Heels, he is also the leading rusher and even caught a touchdown pass two weeks ago against Notre Dame.
The question for the Heels is not the offensive output, it is whether or not the defense will be able to hold UVA to a reasonable amount of points. UNC’s defense has given up 45 or more points in five out of its seven games this season, which is simply unacceptable. With the hurry up offense that Fedora uses, it is reasonable to give the defense some leeway. However, the offense cannot be expected to put up 50 points every game just to give itself a chance at winning the game.
Prediction : UVA 42, UNC 36
TV- ACC Network
Radio- Tar Heel Sports Network
Start Time- 12:30
Date- October 25th
Location- Charlottesville, VA