North Carolina Gameday - Week 7
The Canes return home this week and try to regroup against the Tar Heels. This is the 1st of 3 home games against conference opponents, and we'll need the offense to rebound after only putting 3 points on the board against Notre Dame last week.
I'd say something about hoping the defense gets better, but there's really no point. This is the team we're gonna have this year. The offense isn't allowed to have a bad day. They're going to have to be lights out every week or we'll get blown out. Simple as that.
I wanted to see just how bad the defense has been, particularly the running game, since Giovani Bernard is fixing to go balls deep on us. So I turned to the internets and did some searching...what I found was disturbing:
|Points Per Game||30.2||34.7|
|Yards Gained Rushing||889||1621|
|Yards Lost Rushing||84||117|
|Average Per Rush||4.6||5.0|
|Average Per Game||134.2||250.7|
Other than looking at the discrepancy between us and our opponents under Yards Gained and just saying, "that's bad", I'd like to direct you to the Yards Lost Rushing stat. It shows the yards lost when a running play was stuffed in the backfield or yards lost from sacks. Our opponents to date have tried almost twice as many rushing attempts as us (302 to 174), but our "Yards Lost Rushing" is only off by about 35 yards from our opponents. Unreal.
If that isn't enough to drive you nuts, check out this nugget from Tim Reynolds:
Tim Walton LOL's at this defense. All you can really do is laugh at this point.
Where: Joe Robbie/Pro Player/Dolphins/Dolphin/Land Shark/Sun Life Stadium
Who: North Carolina Tar Heels (4-2) vs. Miami Hurricanes (4-2)
How: TV - ESPNU
4 storylines for UM in this game:
1. Will the team shake off the embarrassment from last week?
2. Can the receiving corp bounce back after hanging Morris out to dry?
3. Can we get the running game going again?
4. Can the defense force some turnovers?
We won the week after getting thrashed by Kansas St., but we looked sluggish early against Bethune-Cookman before pulling away. That won't be an option against UNC.
I'm not worried about Morris playing well. If Dorsett and the rest of his targets catch the fucking ball, then last week doesn't go as bad as it did.
We're going to need to get the running game going again. Something we haven't really been effective at since Georgia Tech. Duke in particular hasn't had a big game in a while. Maybe that's why he was in a boot this week and listed as probable for the game.
We'll need the defense to force turnovers, not because we're good at turning them into points...but because each turnover is one less touchdown scored by the opposition.
Last time they met: October 15, 2011. Miami won 30-24
That was the first time I didn't make the trip to Chapel Hill since we joined this conference. So of course they finally won there.
What people were saying after our glorious victory:
We weren't around last year, so I turned to CanesOverHere again for reference.
Gables said:This is what scares me. We have made a habit of playing only one half of football. We're either frantically trying to come from behind, or frantically pissing away a big lead.canetom said:Just looked at the difference, only 48 yards offense for us in the 2nd half.
Know your enemy: Tar Heel Blog
What they're saying:
Sounds reasonable.Tar Heel Blog said:I have been pretty down on the team (Miami), dating back to when they gave up 31 points to Boston College in their opening game. The defense has done very little to impress me - although really, who in Coastal Division has a good defense this year? My big concern is with UNC's secondary.
1. Miami is likely to take their time in their AD search.
2. Curtis Porter began practicing this week, but isn't ready to return.
3. Somehow, the players feel the Notre Dame loss was different than the Kansas St. loss.
Apparently after the Notre Dame loss, Golden asked the boys in the room if anyone wanted to speak to the team. Several players stood up, one at a time, to own up for their mistakes. It probably looked something like this:
1. UNC is yet to win on the road this year.
2. Larry Fedora shows Mike Tyson clips to his team for motivation.
3. UNC would probably be 6-0 if Bernard was healthy all year.
Favorite North Carolina related Image, Photoshop, or Gif:
Don't care. I absolutely loved this. You think Regis just decided out of the fucking blue to punch a dude in the balls while Gaines lays on him to keep him down? Dude probably ran his mouth off a couple of plays earlier and Regis shut him up. His interaction with the media a week later was even better.
From the Sun Sentinel
At this moment, the Herald's Susan Miller Degnan called Regis a "pig" on her twitter account. She promptly deleted it when there was a huge backlash from Canes fans. I could be wrong, but I don't even remember their being an apology from her about it.Steve Gorten said:Regis started by saying, "I'd like to apologize for my actions, you know. I regret it and I'm ready to move on," but then gave a near identical response to questions that followed while grinning the entire time. Asked about his actions, Regis said, "I'd like to thank my team. They pulled the win out for me."
Asked again, he responded, "Yeah, I'd like to thank my team."
Of possibly losing his starting job to Darius Smith, who took his place against Georgia Tech on Saturday: "I'd just like to thank my teammates for pulling out a win for me. I love them."
Favorite Susan Miller Degnan related Image, Photoshop, or Gif:
Chopping skills courtesy of Canesplace (I think)
|Duke Johnson||RB||Lower Extremity||Probable - 10/11/12||The freshman out of Miami Norland is listed as having a lower extremity injury, but is probable to play in Saturday's 2:30 p.m. kickoff against North Carolina.|
|Olsen Pierre||DL||Undisclosed||Probable - 10/11/12||Starting defensive lineman Olsen Pierre is expected to miss the Notre Dame game in Chicago this weekend. He has 13 tackles, with 2.5 TFL.|
|Curtis Porter||DT||Appendix||Doubtful - 10/10/12||Porter missed every game this season because he is recovering from an appendectomy. There is no timetable for his return.|
|Rayshawn Jenkins||SS||Upper Body||Out - 10/7/12||Freshman Rayshawn Jenkins is battling an upper body injury and missed the game against Notre Dame. He has not recorded any stats this year.|
|Ben Jones||OL||Foot||Out - 10/7/12||Reserve offensive lineman Ben Jones is doubtful for the game against Notre Dame.|
|Jermaine Johnson||OL||Personal||Out - 10/2/12||Jermaine Johnson has not been with the team for a few weeks now due to personal reasons and there is no timetable for when he'll be back.|
|Malcolm Lewis||WR||Ankle||Out for season - 9/23/12||Freshman wideout Malcom Lewis went down with a dislocated ankle on Saturday against Georgia Tech. He is out for the year. He caught 8 passes for 73 yards and one touchdown this season before the injury.|
|Sean McNally||LS||Knee||Out for season - 9/17/12||Junior Sean McNally is expected to miss the remainder of the season with an undisclosed injury.|
|Ramon Buchanan||LB||Leg||Out for season - 9/10/12||Buchanan will miss the rest of the season with a right knee injury he suffered during the Kansas State game. The fifth-year senior was also injured last season after starting only 4 games.|
North Carolina Tar Heels
|Connor Gonet||FB||Undisclosed||Doubtful - 10/7/12||Redshirt freshman Connor Gonet missed the Virginia Tech game last weekend and remains questionable for the Miami game. The fullback has seen limited action this season and has not recorded any stats.|
|TJ Leifheit||OL||Ankle||Doubtful - 10/7/12||Reserve lineman Leifheit is battling a recurring ankle injury and is expected to not be available for the Miami game. There is no timetable for when he will be available.|
|Jerhanie Boyd||WR||Leg||Questionable- 10/7/12||Boyd, coming off a 5 TD reception performance last year, is still suffering from a leg injury that held him out of the past three weeks. He remains questionable for next week against Miami.|
|TJ Thorpe||WR||Foot||Out - 8/17/12||Thorpe broke his foot during practice in early August. The sophomore receiver led the ACC in kickoff returns last season and was expected to have an increase role in the offense this season. Thorpe has been on crutches and in a boot since the injury. He will be out indefinitely.|
This ain't no garden party, brother, this is college football, where only the strongest survive. WOOOO!!
Lets Go Canes!