The North Carolina Tar Heels have been very consistent in the last 6 years, grabbing either 8 0r 7 wins in each year. Now with 15 starters back and being in the 3 rd year of Larry Fedora’s systems, they are looking to take the next step and walk away with the Coastal Division in the ACC. Prediction & schedule below.
Offensively this team excelled down the stretch last year, with the insertion of QB Marquise Williams, who threw for 1698 yards, with 15 TDs and just 6 INTs last year, while also leading the team in rushing with 536 yards. He is back, but may not be the best QB on the team as highly touted Mitch Trubisky will get a chance to take the job away from Williams. Leading WR Eric Ebron departs, but the next three from last year are all back and overall this is a talented and deep corps of WRs. Top RB TJ Logan is back and he leads another talented unit on the offensive side of the ball. 3 starters do return to the OL but overall this group has 3 sophomores and 1 freshman on it so it is a young group and is the weakest part of the offense. The defense for the Heels was decent last year, but has a chance to be so much better this year. The DL is young an inexperienced, but it does have some talent, and it will take a bit to gel. The LB corps is very deep and experienced as all 4 starters are back, with 3 of them being seniors. The LB corps is rated 2nd best in the ACC and 16th in the nation by Phil Steele. The secondary is loaded with potential, but is also a young group.
The Tar Heels are in a pretty balanced Coastal Division, so winning it will not be a cake walk by any stretch. The offense could be better than last year’s group and while most of the defense is young, they have one of the better LB Corps in the nation and will be an overall better defense than last year’s group. Road games vs Clemson and Miami will be tough, plus and out of conference road date with East Carolina will not be easy either. They do get Va Tech, Ga Tech and Pittsburgh at home and avoid FSU. I feel that the Heels can get over the hump and take the ACC’s Coastal Division this year. KEY TREND: 7-1-1 ATS as road favorites of 24 or less points if of BB ATS losses.
2014 North Carolina Tar Heels Schedule
Sat, Aug 30th, 2014 Liberty
Sat, Sep 6th, 2014 San Diego State
Sat, Sep 20th, 2014 at East Carolina
Sat, Sep 27th, 2014 at Clemson
Sat, Oct 4th, 2014 Virginia Tech
Sat, Oct 11th, 2014 at Notre Dame
Sat, Oct 18th, 2014 Georgia Tech
Sat, Oct 25th, 2014 at Virginia
Sat, Nov 1st, 2014 at Miami-Florida
Sat, Nov 15th, 2014 Pittsburgh
Thu, Nov 20th, 2014 at Duke
Sat, Nov 29th, 2014 NC State
Info gathered From Phil Steele's CFB Preview and Athlon Sports
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