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Can Rutgers Use Wildcat to Hurt North Carolina?

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Mohamed Sanu #6 (L) of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights runs the ball against the Norfolk State Spartans at Rutgers Stadium on September 2, 2010 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The Scarlet Knights beat the Spartans 31 - 0.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Double G SportsCorrespondent INovember 7, 2016

The North Carolina Tar Heels' biggest area of concern this season has been their defense—more specifically the run defense.

Entering Saturday’s game at Rutgers Stadium, the Tar Heels are ranked 81st in total defense and 118th in defense against the run. They are also 118th in sacks and 91st in scoring defense.

A big reason for the struggles of North Carolina’s defensive unit is the fact they have played LSU and Georgia Tech. While LSU is a more balanced team, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets run the triple option. UNC was unable to stop the Yellow Jackets' ground attack.

The Tar Heels defense gave up 448 total yards to Georgia Tech, including 372 on the ground. In the past three games between the two teams, Georgia Tech is averaging 338.3 rushing yards per game.

This tells you the Tar Heels and coach Butch Davis have not figured out the option attack of Georgia Tech.

Rutgers does not run the option, but they do have some gimmick plays of their own. The Scarlet Knights have a handful of options with their Wildcat formation. Can Rutgers use this to take advantage of the North Carolina run defense?

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