IC's Game Week Coverage Recap
With 10 conference teams still in contention for a bowl-eligibility, something has to give. Both the Tar Heels and Terps need to win two of their remaining three games to reach the six-win plateau.
And if Carolina was to win on Saturday and then take care of business at home against Duke the following week, then UNC could enter the post-Thanksgiving match-up with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on its first three-game winning streak since the middle of the 2001 season.
But the task at hand will be no easy one, as history would indicate. Ralph Friedgen's Maryland program has slipped a bit in recent seasons, but has yet to drop a game to the Tar Heels since losing 13-10 in Chapel Hill in Carl Torbush's final season as UNC head coach.
Friedgen, a former Terrapin player, has said he takes no special pleasure in defeating Carolina, though his record against the Tar Heels doesn't back him up on that.
This year appears as good a chance as UNC has had during the John Bunting era to knock off the Terps.
Two years after going winless at home, Kenan Stadium has become a difficult place for opponents. Carolina is 3-1 at home this year with consecutive wins over Utah, Virginia and Boston College. The Tar Heels have won six of their last seven ACC contests at home, dating back to a 2003 win over Wake Forest that snapped a 10-game losing skid in Chapel Hill.
Carolina is coming off what Bunting called its "most complete game" of the season – a 16-14 win over the Eagles last week. On the other hand, the Terps have dropped their last two to Top 10 teams – Virginia Tech and Florida State – but were competitive in both.