Defensive coordinator Matt House said he could see things coming together in the Tar Heels' 27-23 loss to Miami.< /p>
"They gained a lot of confidence, even though they lost the ball game," House said. "You really saw them move the ball against Miami. Most of their other games have been fairly close. They played with a different kind of energy (against Miami), and they've continue to build."
In this three-game wining streak for the Heels, they've averaged 411.3 yards a game, with no turnovers during that stretch.
Pitt will have its hands full trying to contain quarterback Marquise Williams, who hasn't put up earth-shattering numbers, put is a constant threat because of his ability to run.
The Panthers also have a unique challenge in trying to stop tight end Eric Ebron (6-4, 245). He leads the team in receiving with 46 catches for 690 yards and three touchdowns. His 46 catches are currently the seventh-most by a tight end in ACC record. Pittsburgh Steeler Heath Miller (Virginia) holds the all-time record of 70 catches back in 2003.