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What: ESPN Thursday Night Game
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
When: Thursday, October 29th, 7:30 PM
Records: UNC 4-3, 0-3 ACC; VT 5-2, 3-1
I'm depressed. The loss to FSU and the manner in which UNC collapsed over the final half of that game really sucked the life out of me. Now the Heels face a Thursday game in Blacksburg versus a quality defense while there are zero signs the offense is getting any better. Besides that, the Hokies are pissed off after losing to GT and playing with a sense of urgency since another ACC loss would torpedo their hopes for another trip to the ACC title game. Factoring these in with the fact VT now has an offense you have the promise this will be ugly.
UNC's best and only hope besides a rapid onset of food poisoning after the pre-game meal is to turn this into a defensive battle, have the defense put points on the board and hold on. In other words, UNC has to beat the team who invented Beamer Ball by using Beamer Ball. Not likely but the good news on the offensive side is the starting offensive line is as close to healthy as it has been all season. Shaun Draughn hopefully gained some confidence from his performance last week, the same could be said of Greg Little.
Needless to say I am pessimistic but who knows they might surprise us all with a hard fought, competitive game and stumble into a win to avoid an unsavory 0-4 mark in the ACC.
VT 21 UNC 3