The fan base sometimes can fall into knee jerk reactions when their team loses, especially against a team they should not have lost to, and even more so when playing in a sub par way. If you have not seen that I am trying to describe what happened to the UNC Football squad last week against Conference USA’s East Carolina, well, I was! But what happens when main stream media puts the team in the bottom part of the conference rankings? Can not call this a knee jerk reaction, can you?
That is exactly what the ACC Journal, The Sporting News, Fox Sports Carolinas and ESPN did this week when doing their rankings of the football programs. The first two ranking head coach Larry Fedora’s squad 12th (out of 14 teams) and the latter one step lower.
To add insult to injury all have newbie Syracuse ahead of North Carolina (1-3 & 0-1 in the ACC), and three out of the four have Tobacco Road rival Duke above UNC. If that does not make your head spin, I am not sure what it would take.
The Sporting News described the Heels “one of the nation’s biggest disappointments”. That can not bode well for a program that is looking to work its way up and needs to recruit well to do so. The ACC Journal said “the defense looked totally hapless”. Again, harsh, but true words, that are not going to help this program along. The World Leader in Sports talked about this when speaking of Carolina “Good teams find ways to reload, not rebuild. But this year screams rebuilding all over it”. Once again, words that the fan base might not want to hear, but all ring pretty much true. And once again something that is not going to look good for recruiting.
With a Virginia Tech (4-1 & 1-0 in the ACC) wanting revenge on last year’s loss to UNC, if this squad, who had a players only meeting this week, could find themselves in a huge mess when they play in Blackburg this weekend.
Reading around the internet both quarterbacks, Bryn Renner and Logan Thomas, have suffered some sort of injury in their last game. And both are supposed to start the game for their team. On the other hand, Logan will be facing a D that has not shown anything this season, while Renner will take on a Hokie defense that kept GA Tech in check and has many thinking they are as good as you have in the conference.
And this is also the squad that beat ECU, a team that scored 55 on the Tar Heels, 15 to 10.
In the end, not sure if the team has awoken from the slump they are in, if the seniors have taken charge somewhat, but it’s going to take a complete team and coaches effort to be able to come home from this one with a victory.
As a matter of fact, it’s going to take a very good effort by all in order for Carolina to keep this one within reach. The following game will be even harder, as #14 Miami (4-0 & 0-0 in the ACC) will be coming into the friendly confine of Kenan for a Thursday night showdown.
In the end, as I see it right now, this is not just going to be a long week, headed to another, but it might be a long, long season for this Tar Heel squad who had a lot of hopes but not as much talent as many of the so-called experts believed. I hope to be wrong, but the more I look at the schedule the harder I see this team going to a bowl game. And that is the one comment of the season so far I wish to be totally wrong about!