Four Keys to Beating the Hokies
Last week quarterback Joe Dailey displayed a tendency to focus in on his primary receiver from the moment the ball was snapped. This gave the defense a key on which to target and ultimately resulted in the first of Dailey's two interceptions. He's got to do a better job this week of looking off defenders if the Heels expect to pass well enough to keep the Hokie 'D' off of Ronnie McGill and Barrington Edwards.
No cramps for McGill
Speaking of Ronnie McGill...he was a beast in the first half of last week's game against Rutgers, but spent much of the second half on the bench as a result of cramping. This is not a conditioning issue, rather, it's a medical condition unique to McGill that's related to the heat. The UNC coaches would be wise to rotate backs into the game to spell McGill in the first half so he's fresh for crunch time.
Stuff the run
This should be item number one on the list since it's definitely the top priority. Last week, Rutgers ran all over the Tar Heels on North Carolina's home turf. The defensive front seven played extremely soft and out of position, and if this happens again expect a very long day for UNC and their fans against a superior Virginia Tech team.
Win the turnover battle
I list this one last simply because I'll probably include it in every week's keys to the game. It is, however, the number one indicator of victory among evenly matched teams. Last week, Rutgers won the turnover battle 3-1 and won the game 21-16...this is a must win statistic for the Heels if they have any notions of beating the powerful Hokies.