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Carolina Football Opponent Preview: BRING ON WESTERN!

The Heels like symmetry, so they play ECU in Week 2 and WCU in Week...negative 2.

NCAA Football: Western Carolina at North Carolina Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina competes in the SEC-patented SoCon Challenge in Week 11, and I have absolutely no problem with it. Its literally the only thing Carolina does to emulate an SEC football program.

This is probably where I ruin my reputation with readers and state, for the record, that had the ACC gone belly-up in the last round of realignment... I would’ve been mad, nay, distraught. NAY, APOPLECTIC, and a good bit less inclined to follow Carolina sports had the Heels chosen to join the Big Ten over the SEC.

I’ll take it a step further: if Carolina and Virginia (or Carolina and Duke, I guess) joined the SEC East in the next 10 years, I’d be giddy.

As I lack real insight (or much desire to discover it, to be honest) I figured I’d take this opportunity to get myself fired real quick.

2017 Season

Western went 8-4 last year! Trips to play Gardner-Webb, Chattanooga, VMI, Wofford, The Citadel, and UNC totaled 1,189 miles of travel, or 2,378 round-trip. However, they opened the season at Hawai’i, which is 4,470 miles away. So, they traveled nearly four times as far in Week 1 as they did in five more road games combined.

That, my friends, is a stat. And the only one you’ll see cited in this article.

Series History

The Heels won in 2017, 65-10. See for yourself.

UNC O vs. Western D

Still reading?

Don’t turn the ball over. Go up big early. Let Cade Fortin and Jace Ruder get meaningful-ish snaps. Don’t get hurt.

UNC D vs. Western O

Look, I wrote roughly 1,300 words EACH on Carolina’s first ten opponents. Read about those instead.

Cal, ECU, Central Florida, Pitt, Miami, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Duke

Outlook

Carolina now has ___? wins. Now, go beat State.