Tar Heels in Line for Another Blowout Win Against Wake

Jordan BallCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, NC - SEPTEMBER 01:  Mark McNeill #17 of the North Carolina Tar Heels carries the American flag as he prepares to lead his team onto the field for a game against the Elon Phoenix during play at Kenan Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Putting up 63 points is a luxury that any fan would love to have. 

For the fans of North Carolina, they were lucky enough to enjoy just that as their Tar Heels put on a clinic against FCS opponent Elon posting a final score of 63-0 in the season opener. 

In case that wasn't enough for them, UNC hosts fellow ACC member, Wake Forest, this coming Saturday. Though the Demon Deacons are considered a much better team, the final results shouldn't change much. 

You see, Wake Forest also hosted a FCS team last Saturday, the Liberty Flames. The only difference is, the Flames held their own in the game, even holding a one touchdown lead late into the third quarter.

Wake eventually climbed their way back on top just barely squeaking by with a 20-17 win. 

All signs point towards not just another Tar Heel victory, but another beat down. 

Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner, who is easily top 10 at his position, threw for 236 yards and  three touchdowns on a 66.7 completion percentage in his first game of the year. 

Those stats don't exactly jump out at you, but when you consider the fact that he came out of the game in the third quarter, the numbers are pretty impressive. 

Wake Forest, on the other hand, allowed Junior quarterback Brian Hudson to throw for 263 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first career start. No offense to Hudson, but something tells me he's no Bryn Renner. 

Assuming he plays the whole game, which is doubtful, Renner could pass for anywhere between 350 and 400 yards against his conference foe. 

A bright spot to take out of their last game is that the Demon Deacons defense held the other team to 98 yards rushing. The bad news is, they have to face Sophomore phenom, Giovani Bernard. 

Coming off a 1,200-plus yard season just a year ago, Gio picked up where he left off last week by not just recording a rushing TD, but also reeling in a receiving touchdown as well. Oh yeah, he also took a punt 70 yards to the house to hit the trifecta. 

For the day, he racked up 203 total yards (93 rushing, 10 receiving, 100 returning) on only 13 touches. His 10.3 average yards per carry were the highest of his career. And, he accomplished all of this before halftime when he exited with a possible knee injury. 

The UNC defense should have no trouble handling the sub-par offense that Wake has to offer. Though it is is likely that they might allow a few points this game, there's only a small chance the UNC defense allows Wake to hang around. 

By air, ground or even sea, the Tar Heels have Wake Forest beat in every way on paper, and come Saturday, they'll have them on the scoreboard as well. 




*Stats are from ESPN.com and Yahoo.com.