Virginia vs. North Carolina Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Virginia vs. North Carolina fearless prediction and game preview.
Virginia (4-1) vs. North Carolina (1-5) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
Network: ACC Network
Virginia wants to be a factor in the ACC again.
Beating Boise State at Boise State was fun, but coming up with a win over Duke kicked off the ACC season with a solid win over a likely bowl-bound team.
There might not be enough in the tank to pull off a run to the ACC title game, but with North Carolina, Boston College and Pitt in the next three games, 4-0 in the conference isn’t a crazy thought before dealing with Georgia Tech.
North Carolina continues to be a mess. The banged up Tar Heels can’t even be competitive, getting blown away by Duke, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame.
The offense isn’t working, the defense isn’t doing enough, and with a few tough games coming up, any prayer of getting to six wins might be gone with a ee loss to the Cavaliers.
One Reason Why Virginia Will Win
There isn’t anything happening from the North Carolina ground game.
The Tar Heels weren’t expected to run wild, but with a shaky passing attack, there isn’t enough from the ground to help the cause.
UNC ran okay in the loss to Cal in the opener, and ran through Old Dominion for 252 yards and six touchdowns, but it didn’t go anywhere in the last three weeks. Chazz Surratt is a good looking young quarterback, but he hasn’t been able to keep the O moving.
How’s the Virginia run defense? It gave up 207 yards to UConn, and that’s been about it. The D is starting to find its groove in all areas – UNC won’t be doing much to grind out drives.
One Reason Why North Carolina Will Win
It’s not like Virginia is running the ball well, either.
At least the Tar Heels have options to throw into the quarterback mix to attempt to add something different to the mix. Virginia doesn’t get much of anything on the ground from QB Kurt Benkert.
The Cavs haven’t hit the 200-yard mark yet this year, and while they’ve been relatively effective at times, they have to throw to win.
Considering the UNC run defense has been the real problem so far this year, it might get a break this week.
What’s Going To Happen
Virginia is playing too well. It’s not turning the ball over, it’s not making the big mistakes, and it’s not going to melt down like the Tar Heels will need.
Bronco Mendenhall has put together – in a big hurry – a good, sound team that keeps the chains moving, does the little things right, and plays tight D.
North Carolina doesn’t do any of that.
Virginia vs. North Carolina Prediction
Virginia 33, North Carolina 23
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