What: Biggest Game at Kenan Since 1997
Where: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
When: Saturday, September 20th, 3:30 PM
Records: UNC 2-0, 0-0 ACC; Virginia Tech 2-1, 1-1 ACC
Relevance in football is a beautiful thing.
Interesting note: UNC started the disastrous 2006 season by playing Rutgers and Virginia Tech. They lost both of them and in the 2nd game versus the Hokies, the extent to which Joe Dailey was capable of screwing the offense up became apparent. The Heels got smoked and we all know how it went from there. This season, save the opener against McNeese State, has begun the same way. Rutgers then Virginia Tech. The Heels avenged the first of those losses the question is whether they can do it again.
There is no question the game is important and yes it carries more weight than any game played at Kenan since the 1997 contest with FSU. UNC has a chance, should they win to move to 3-0 and also take a step forward in winning the Coastal. Granted it does not end this week with UNC traveling to Miami next week but a win over the Hokies establishes a foothold in the standings and also in the minds of the players concerning their ability to play with the traditional powers.
Virginia Tech has a weak offense which UNC should be able to contain assuming they keep Tyrod Taylor from running wild. The key beyond that is to limit the mistakes. Geogia Tech would have won in Blacksburg last week had they not made so many mistakes and UNC played practically mistake free at Rutgers. That needs to carry over into this game. VT is not going to win by scoring points on offense alone, they need the opposing team to hand them field postion or even a TD via specials teams/defense to have a chance.
Granted all of this is probably earlier that we expected but given all the flack Butch Davis has gotten over his raise, he does have a chance here to deliver the good and silence the critics.
UNC 27 VT 17