NCAA Football – Week 12
A pair of ACC Coastal Division rivals meet up at Scott Stadium on ESPN’s Thursday Night Football betting festivities, as the North Carolina Tar Heels try to end the bowl hopes of the Virginia Cavaliers.
UNC is starting to get the look of a team that doesn’t really care about the rest of its season. The defense was just downright atrocious against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets last week, allowing 588 yards and a total of 68 points in a romp of a loss, and the offense, though has been putting up tons of points, has also looked sloppy at times as well. The Heels have now failed to cover three out of four, and they could be in some trouble for the last two games of the season as well. This season, which will end without a bowl game because of the team’s ban from the second season, has had some high points, though. QB Bryn Renner has been a great leader for this club and needs 264 yards to reach 3,000 for the season. He’s got 19 TDs and just seven picks. RB Giovani Bernard is also one of the best backs in America. He’s averaging 7.1 yards per carry and has 11 TDs to go with his 1,008 yards on the ground.
It hasn’t always been pretty this year for the Cavaliers, but we have to give them credit where credit is due. They knew at just 2-6 that the needed to win their final four games of the season, all of which have been in conference play, just to make it to a bowl game. Now all of sudden, the way that things have played out, there is still a chance to play for the ACC Championship as well, though it requires winning these final two games of the season for that to even be the remotest of possibilities. An offense which looked anemic at times has now put up 74 points in the last two weeks, and the Cavvies have gone through six straight games outgaining their foes. QB Michael Rocco hasn’t always had the prettiest numbers, but he threw for four touchdowns in last week’s win over the Miami Hurricanes. He and QB Phillip Sims have put together great campaigns between them, as they have totaled 2,788 yards and 20 TDs versus 12 picks.
It’s Virginia’s season to give up right now, and Scott Stadium is most certainly not going to let this game slip away. Whether it’s Rocco or Sims doing the throwing matters not. Somehow, between an improving defense and a budding offense that has found just the right formula, the Cavaliers will figure out how to take down the Tar Heels and force next week’s game against the Virginia Tech Hokies into a bowl elimination battle. Virginia 28 – North Carolina 24