North Carolina Tar Heels vs Delaware Blue Hens Preview


The North Carolina Tar Heels return to action this weekend to play their second and last game against an FCS opponent this season. The scheduling of two FCS opponents is rather unusual for a Power 5 FBS team and generally reflects someone else having to pull out of their schedule. Since the Tar Heels defeated the North Carolina A&T Aggies earlier this month, this game against the Delaware Blue Hens is effectively meaningless. Only one FCS game can count toward bowl eligibility for an FBS team. Yes, it would be embarrassing to lose to Delaware, but a win does nothing but look pretty in the season record.

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Opponent: Delaware Blue Hens (1-2) CAA
Date: September 26
Time: 12:30 PM
Venue: Kenan Memorial Stadium

X – It’s a Trap!
North Carolina has rolled through its last two opponents without much resistance. Its all important conference schedule begins next week at Georgia Tech with their triple option attack. In fact, the Heels have already spent some of this week getting ready for Tech. The team needs to remember that the team on the schedule is Delaware. They may not be the Delaware of Joe Flacco, but they are going to be on that field with some chance to win the game.

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  • Y – Putting Them Away
    While the North Carolina offense may be on full display in the first quarter, the team should really make a switch to the running game once the lead is comfortable. The Tar Heels have at least six backs who have received carries this season and tomorrow could be an opportunity to use them all. Also quarterback runs should be held to a minimum as to not risk injury.

    Z – Calling Ryan Switzer
    If the Tar Heels have their way, there will be a significant number of punts for the Blue Hens. That will drop Switzer back for returns after his score last week against Illinois. While Switzer wants to make the most of every return, there is no reason to risk injury against FCS competition. Remember that Pittsburgh running back James Conner was lost for the season against FCS Youngstown State.

    Prediction: 42-7 North Carolina

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