This weekend is a test for both teams. Primetime game on ESPN in front of a hopefully sold-out BB&T Field in Winston Salem, NC. The Tar Heels are looking to prove that they deserve to be back where the Tar Heels were in the 2015 ACC Championship season where they lost to Clemson. They want to make known that Mack is really Back. Wake Forest, on the other hand, wants to show that they have been on the rise over the last four years. Going into the game, here are a few things to know before the
1. Sam Howell is good
Sam is the future for Carolina at QB. In his first two games, he's had more than 240 yards passing in both with no picks. He has been sacked 7 times but he tends to throw the ball quickly once it's in his hands. Sam is from Sun Valley High in Monroe, NC where he committed to the Tar Heels over Florida State. He has already won ACC Rookie of the Week for both weeks and was the ACC QB of the Week in the win over Miami. So watch the Tar Heels, who are a very pass-heavy team, so look for them to pass early and often on Friday.
2. The OTHER Surratt
Chazz Surratt, the brother of Sage Surratt, Wake WR. Last year, Chazz was the QB for the Heels, but with the arrival of Sam Howell, his services were no longer needed on offense. Chazz switched to defense where he is now second on the team in tackles and has had one sack. Keep an eye out for him when Wake is on offense.
3. Run Game
Carolina does not tend to run the ball often, as they only have had one rushing touchdown through the first two games of the season. Look for them to only run when they need to or if the passing game has not been working to their standards.
4. South Carolina and Miami
Though some people may consider this year a down year for both programs, doesn't mean you can look at these wins lightly for UNC. Carolina only won two games last year. One versus Pitt and one versus Western Carolina. Now, Carolina has beaten an SEC team and a powerhouse program in Miami with a storied past. Look for Carolina to have some momentum to start the game on Friday.