Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Notre Dame @ #22 NORTH CAROLINA (-7), 3:30pm, Chapel Hill, NC, ABC/ESPN (XM192)

Not unlike the talk of Super Bowl bandwagons here in Redskins’ country following improbable back-to-back road wins against NFC East big dogs by our beloved burgundy and gold, there is plenty of football Kool-Aid being passed around in Chapel Hill.

And, rightfully so...

The upstart Tar Heels in year 2 under Butch Davis have defied the odds and enter this week:

1) Nationally ranked for the first time since FSU was actually good (2001).
2) Favored to beat Notre Dame (OK, it’s not Knute Rockne’s Notre Dame, but it’s the Fighting Irish none the less.)
3) Being picked by some folks to win out and represent the ACC in the BCS. (No we aren’t kidding, and we think it’s a bit premature considering the Heels still have…NOTRE DAME, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Boston College, N.C. State, Maryland and Duke left to get by…)
4) Doing it all with the back-up QB…some kid named Sexton.
5) Having blocked three consecutive punts – that’s gotta be some kind of record.

Here’s a bit of tit-for-tat on the whole “win out” thing courtesy of our friends at the Raleigh News & Observer’s ACC Now blog…

According to senior columnist Caulton Tudor: It’s an early guess, but I think North Carolina is going to finish the regular season at 11-1 — maybe 10-2 if things go poorly or 9-3 if the roof totally collapses.
The roof isn’t going collapse, though.

The Tar Heels, as established by their win over Connecticut on Saturday in Chapel Hill, have way too much personnel to fall victim to another big injury or two. The thing we know now, but sort of suspected in preseason, is that Butch Davis has added enough talent on what John Bunting left behind to turn the Heels into a legitimate top-20 national program.

It helps that the schedule is favorable, of course…

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But, J.P. Giglio doesn’t agree with his co-worker:

UNC is good, Peach Bowl good, but not BCS good.

Tudor is confused. That's happens when you've been in this business as long as he has. He covered Notre Dame's last trip to Kenan Stadium in 1975 (the year I was born).

There's no doubt the Tar Heels are better in their second season under Butch Davis. They are winning on the road, and so far, winning the games they're supposed to. That's the sign of good coaching.

They also have playmakers, on both offense and defense. And you can't win without talent. For that, Davis is largely indebted to John Bunting.

But improvement comes in stages.
And while the Heels' schedule is wide open, 9-3 is the best they'll do…

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