North Carolina will bring the nation's 43rd-ranked offense into Sun Life Stadium Saturday and even though three other previous opponents (Nebraska, Georgia Tech, and Cincinnati) have more prolific offenses right now, the Miami coaches believe this will be the best one they've seen yet.
"This will be our biggest test," defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said. "They'll be the best team we've played on offense. It'll be a great challenge for us."
The Tar Heel offense, led by quarterback Marquise Williams, has head coach Al Golden's full attention as well.
"They’re coming in here playing well," he said. "They have an explosive offense led by Marquis Williams. They’re averaging over 38 (points per game, good for 19th nationally), going a great job on third down (42nd nationally) and in the redzone (15th nationally)."
Williams is completing over 63-percent of his passes for 2,035 yards, 17 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions. He's also the team's leading rusher, by far, with 497 yards and six scores.
Golden likes what the other position groups on that side of the ball bring to the table as well.
"They have a great group of running backs. They have a number of wideouts who have double digit catches and they have enough length to cause problems. They have a big offensive line."
T.J. Logan leads the way at running back with 232 and a score. Mack Hollins leads a big and talented group of receivers with 26 catches for 555 yards and seven scores.
Defensively, it's another story. North Carolina has been absolutely atrocious on that side of the ball. Statistically speaking, they're one of the worst in all of college football.
East Carolina (70), Clemson (50), Notre Dame (50), and Georgia Tech (43) have all scored at least 43 points on them so Miami's offense should be in line for another big day. A shootout could occur in what's shaping up to be a very important conference game for both teams.
"We’re not worried about anything (beyond this week)," Golden said. "North Carolina is the most important game of the season. They’re scoring lots of points and they’re coming off their best defensive effort. We can’t worry about anything else right now."
Both teams are 2-2 in the conference and the winner will stay in the Coastal Division race. The loser will fall way behind and have a tough hill to climb to get back in the race down the stretch.