Canes 31, UNC 16
I don't foresee Paulus being able to overcome a staunch Miami pass rush and in the end, I think the ‘Canes will be able to come away with another victory behind the arm of Robert Marve and the legs of Graig Cooper. I think Miami has too much speed on defense and it would be hard to believe that Bill Young won't throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at Paulus. Young will have to gameplan to stop Brandon Tate, and I'm sure he'll be getting a lot of attention. On offense, I just can't foresee the ‘Canes taking a step back after having such success against TAMU. Sure, TAMU's defense isn't all world, but anyone who watched that game saw Miami try some new things on offense that I believe have to stick in order for the ‘Canes to have success. I'm looking forward to Patrick Nix continuing to gain confidence in Robert Marve as the season progresses.
North Carolina's defense has played pretty tough over the last two weekends against a couple below average offenses in Rutgers and Virginia Tech. They gave the team a chance to win both games and look for them to have some extra motivation this week against the team their head coached used to coach.
I don't think it'll matter. I think the Canes have too much offensive balance going on, too many playmakers, and if Robert Marve continues to improve, it could be a long night for the Tar Heel defense.
Defensively, the Canes MUST pressure the new quarterback. Their main goal will be stopping the run and based on the last few games, I don't see that being a problem, especially considering UNC's tailbacks are averaging 3.7 yards per carry this season. UNC's strongest position is wide receiver and the Canes have struggled some against big receivers this season so getting to the new QB will be huge and I think the Canes will do a nice job of that.
Canes 27, UNC 13