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UNC Looks to Finish Season Strong

Sharon Thorsland
November 20, 2019 - 12:29 pm

It's been a tough season for North Carolina. The Tar Heels just suffered another brutal overtime loss, this time to Pitt last Thursday night.

That dropped them to 4-6 on the season, 3-4 in the ACC. But all is not lost - they've still got a chance to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2016.

Win in their final two games, and they're going bowling. It starts this Saturday with FCS opponent Mercer at home (kick-off is at 3:30 on WBT), with the season finale coming next weekend at NC State.

It's the final game of the season for Mercer, who is having its own struggles this season. The Bears are 4-7 overall, 3-5 in the Southern Conference.

They lost starting quarterback Robert Riddle to a gruesome leg injury midway through the season, and backup Kaelan Riley has been inconsistent at best, throwing five touchdowns and five interceptions.

And the Bears defense has been awful. They rank 2nd to last in the country allowing 260 rushing yards per game and have given up 30 rushing touchdowns.

So I'm assuming we'll be seeing a whole lot of Tar Heels running backs Michael Carter and Javonte Williams, who are averaging a combined 142 yards a game.

The Bears defense has also had trouble getting off the field on third down – opponents are converting nearly 47 percent of their third-down attempts.

What the Bears do have going for them this season is outstanding running back Tyray Devezin. He racked up 168 rushing yards and four touchdowns against ETSU last week, his fourth 100-yard effort in the last five games.

In spite of being banged up much of the season, the 5'8 Devezin has notched 949 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season and will certainly pose plenty of problems for the UNC defense. Freshman Deondre Johnson has added another 479 yards and 3 scores.

This should be an easy win for North Carolina. They're facing an FCS opponent with an awful defense and a one-trick pony offense.

Of course, nothing has been easy for the Tar Heels of late, but they need this one in a big way to stay in contention for a bowl game and to stop a two-game slide.

It's Senior Day, and I say they get it done for Myles Dorn and company. Go Heels!​

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