The Scarlet Knights are coming off a pair of disappointing offensive efforts but strong defensive showings while the Tar Heels are winless in two games but have faced vastly superior competition to what Rutgers saw.
ScarletReport.com will be at Rutgers Stadium to report on the action and bring reaction from it, but ScarletReport.com also has you covered leading up to the game.
Who will make the biggest impact, who has the most to prove and who is the player to watch? Well, we've done our best to identify those things, and offer a few other fun tidbits.
2. FS Khaseem Greene – Keep in mind North Carolina has big receivers, and what better way to make them skittish going across the middle than to let loose with a big hit or two early?
4. Specials teams coach Robb Smith – He was big in devising schemes the first two games to block four punts, and short fields are needed to help the offense.
5. PK San San Te – He was 2 of 3 at Florida International, and with the offense lackluster, his right leg could get a workout …and be the difference.
2. Right tackle Art Forst – He has had trouble with a few blow-by plays in the first two games, and now with an increase talent and coaching level with UNC, he really has to show he can play on the outside.
4. RB Jordan Thomas – He is a freshman, so expectations should be tempered. However, even if Joe Martinek plays, he could be gimpy since he is a game-time decision. That puts a lot of pressure on Thomas.
5. DE Jonathan Freeny – His job is to pressure he quarterback, and in two games against inferior competition he has a ½ sack and no quarterback hits.
2. LT Desmond Stapleton – He has not stood out, which given his position, is a good thing. However, he is also yet to prove he is a sure thing protecting the blind side.
4. TE D.C. Jefferson – The chicken and egg effect takes place with Jefferson, who needs to become more involved in the passing game, but much show he is reliable to become more involved.
5. WR Mark Harrison – He quietly made two catches at FIU as plays were designed with him as the top option, but he has to show he can get open on a consistent basis.