2019 Opponent Preview: Tar Heels Look For Resurgence Under New Head Coach Mack Brown

OPPONENT:  North Carolina Tar Heels

WHEN: Saturday, August 31st

WHERE: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)


LAST MEETING:  September 3, 2015 – South Carolina pulled away thanks to a late Shon Carson TD run to secure the win in Charlotte.

2018 RECORD: 2-9 (1-7)

Head Coach…

Mack Brown returns to Chapel Hill, a place he spent his coaching days from 1988 to 1997. Brown led the Heels to three 10 win seasons, six consecutive bowl games and two AP Top-10 finishes.

The hire has raises eyebrows across the landscape of college football, as Brown looks to bring the UNC program back to prominence.

How did they fare in 2018?

North Carolina limped to a 2-9 overall finish a season ago, forcing out former head coach Larry Fedora.

The Heels struggled offensively, scoring less than 28 PPG and had trouble finding any sort of consistency at the QB position.

The defense wasn’t much better, as UNC allowed teams to rush for over 218 yards per game, one of the worst marks in the ACC.

Fedora was fired shortly after the conclusion of last season.

Best Returning Player…

RB Michael Carter, Sophomore

As a freshman, Carter burst onto the scene for the Heels. Carter ran for 597 yards as a true freshman, all while splitting carries in a crowded backfield.

What’s more impressive is his home run ability, as he averaged 7.1 YPC. Look for Carter to become a focal point of the UNC offense, especially as a new QB is groomed in Chapel Hill.

Overall Outlook…

Just two years removed from an ACC Title game appearance, North Carolina mustered just one conference win and was arguably one of the worst teams in college football.

UNC made one of the most intriguing and head scratching hires of the off-season, bringing back head coach Mack Brown to Chapel Hill.

Brown had great success at North Carolina before jumping to Texas, where he won a national title with the Longhorns.

Don’t expect the honeymoon to be smooth in the beginning, however. Brown inherits a depleted roster with question marks seemingly all over the field. 

There’s a new spark in Chapel Hill, but expect the Heels to struggle for most of the 2019 season.

2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 3-9 (1-7)

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