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The Miami offensive line may very well always be the X factor, but more so this week because UNC loves to put pressure on opposing QB’s.
Jacory Harris is prone to make mistakes multiple times a game this season. He can maneuver well in the backfield, but is known more as a pocket passer who is coming off a few injuries.
Matchup to watch:
UNC defensive tackle Quinton Coples against Miami guard Joel Figueroa. Coples dominated Virginia for 12 tackles and two sacks.
He is the monster on the Heels line now that Quinn and Austin have been officially suspended for the season just two weeks ago. The Canes need to develop a running game as well in order for Harris to be effective, so they better hold of Coples.
Why UNC can win:
TJ Yates has been great all year long, and he has a few wideouts to throw the ball to. Despite losing Zack Pianalto for the season, they still have guys who can threaten the Canes secondary.
If the Heels can win the battle of field position right away in this game, they will pull off the upset against a Canes team that has not seemed too enthusiastic to play football.
Also, Butch Davis who has always been known as a upstanding coach has been under fire, and his job is in jeopardy. What better way to calm things just a tad than to win at the place that he cleaned up, and restored to dominance.
Why Miami can win:
The Canes are back! ....NOT
They seemed to be, but then forgot that football is a game played with emotions, and that you have to put them aside after tough losses (see Ohio State, FSU). Jacory Harris needs to step up and become a leader.
Randy Shannon needs to start winning crucial ACC games or else he may very well be kicked out the door. The Canes at the very least need a second-place finish in the ACC Coastal. They still have All-American caliber talent in Brendan Harris, Allen Bailey, Sean Spence, and Ray Ray Armstrong.
So, the Hurricanes definitely have the talent on defense, but they cannot afford to be out-coached like they were against the Noles.
If they show up flat after essentially a bye week against Duke, then Randy Shannon should start to worry about his job as coach.
Danny V's Pick: MIAMI FLA 28 UNC 17
JFAV's Pick: MIAMI FLA 24 UNC 21