The Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina are known for their basketball program. This school has produced a number of national champions and is a perennial power in the game of “hoops.”
But the Tar Heels also play collegiate football. And the school has been trying for years to improve its gridiron fortunes. Led by Head Coach Larry Fedora, now in his fourth year, the squad from “tobacco country” is finding out that it takes time to become elite.
In 2014, the Tar Heels, a team that plays in the Coastal Division of the very tough Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), compiled a pedestrian Won-Loss record on 6-7 while splitting eight Conference games.
Unfortunately, their season did not merit an invitation to any bowl games. So Coach Fedora and his players looked at 2015 as the year to take the program to another level. For all of them, this season is the time to start improving.
The Tar Heels got off to a poor start on September 3rd when they hosted the University of South Carolina and lost a close game by a score of 17-13. There was great improvement this past weekend. On Saturday, September 12th, the Tar Heels welcomed North Carolina A & T to their home stadium and crushed the visitors by a score of 53-14.
The team’s schedule includes six more home games and just four contests “on the road.” This Saturday, September 19th, the Tar Heels will play host to the University of Illinois. Other teams coming to North Carolina include the University of Delaware on September 26th, Wake Forest University on October 17th, the University of Virginia Cavaliers on October 24th. The Duke Blue Devils on November 7th and the Miami Hurricanes on November 14th.
There are many difficult opponents in that home schedule, but solid play by the University of North Carolina should result in several winning efforts.
When the Tar Heels “hit the road” they’ll find that some of the schools they visit present tough challenges. For example, the squad’s first road game will take place on October 3rd in Georgia against the fourteenth-ranked Bulldogs.
The University of North Carolina must also play the Pittsburgh Panthers on October 29th, Virginia Tech on November 21st and North Carolina State University on November 28th. That is a rivalry game and will be contested for “state bragging rights.” The problem facing the Tar heels is that the contest will take place in a hostile environment.
Nevertheless, the game is on the team’s schedule and it has to be played. The Tar Heels can win it and many other games, as well. In fact, if this squad wants to build its reputation and program, It needs to take advantage of its schedule in 2015 and win … win … win.
It can, and maybe it will, happen.
Courtesy of University of North Carolina