This Tar Heel team may actually be decent
It's been a long time since I've been able to say that. Since Mack Brown was there, maybe.
Even in 2001, when they had Julius Peppers and I think six or seven other starters on defense who were drafted into the NFL, I was never all that confident about them. (The offense really was uninspiring, even though Darian Durrant was a dynamic QB.)
They looked pretty dang good vs. Rutgers. On the road, where they hadn't won in 20(!) games.
They play Va. Tech Saturday at Chapel Hill. Tech's not as good as they've been in recent years, but they're expected to win the Coastal Division of the ACC. The Heels lost by only a touchdown to them in Blacksburg last year. Right now, it's the toughest game remaining on the schedule (though, to be sure, teams like Georgia Tech, Boston College and Maryland could improve as the season goes along). If somehow the Heels pull this one off, they could win a bunch more.