Last week, we looked at North Carolina Football’s difficult four-game stretch and examined some of the statistics and intangibles they held that may or may not be good indicators of future success. While there were some bold predictions and unlikely scenarios presented, it all seemed semi-plausible until East Carolina completely dismantled the Tar Heels on the way to a 70-41 victory last Saturday. In a record-setting performance, the dynamic Pirates offense, led by quarterback Shane Carden, totaled 789 yards of offense. With an 0-1 record one week into the gauntlet, and a 2-1 record overall, it’s important to take last week’s performance into account when looking at North Carolina’s next three games. For the sake of some hope of predictability, we’ll just look at the most immediate game, Saturday AT Clemson, for now.
The North Carolina football team may have had last week off, but they certainly didn’t have any time to rest. After two underwhelming victories against motivated, but overmatched opponents, the Tar Heels had a lot of work to do. Despite being 2-0, the season was already heading in the wrong direction without significant changes in a number of different areas. Poor tackling and a stagnant running game were two of the biggest problems, but that’s only scratching the surface. This week it’s back to business, and things are about to heat up pretty quickly. Four games in four weeks, three of them away against ranked or probably should be ranked opponents (ECU), leaves little room for error.
With 3 weeks remaining in the regular season, the ACC bowl picture is starting to take shape. Six teams have already secured their positions in post season (Florida State, Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech, Duke, and Georgia Tech).
Unfortunately for some, their hopes of post season play are gone (Virginia), while North Carolina St. and Wake Forest are not eliminated but have uphill challenges to get to eligibility.
For the rest of the conference however, there is still a lot of promise. In fact, depending on how things shake out down the stretch, the ACC could potentially send 11 teams Bowl Games.
Amazingly, another college basketball season is upon us. This year, the ACC is joined by Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame. Next year, Louisville replaces Maryland. So we have 16 teams to rank! And here is how they stack up:
It is a Sunday in July. Basketball is a distant memory. Baseball and lacrosse are over. The Grant of Rights has expansion talk limited to the Big 10 imperialists. Football is close, but perhaps not close enough. So let’s change that with a poll. Who do you think is winning the ACC this year? Schools are shown randomly. Do not forget to comment below as to why someone is going to win…
The Confidential previously announced that it will be sponsoring free fantasy football leagues. As we begin to head towards the season opener, we will take a look at the ACC’s top playmakers–ergo, the top fantasy football studs–for 2013. The first analysis was quarterbacks. Then we did the running backs. Today, we will look at the wide receivers.
The Confidential previously announced that it will be sponsoring free fantasy football leagues. As we begin to head towards the season opener, we will take a look at the ACC’s top playmakers–ergo, the top fantasy football studs–for 2013. The first analysis was quarterbacks. Today, we will look at the running backs.