Know Your Foe: North Carolina

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Game Three: Pitt (2-1) @ North Carolina (0-2)

Last Week

Pitt got back on track with a win 24-19 win over Georgia Tech. North Carolina’s game against Central Florida was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

North Carolina Offense

The Tar Heels come into this game hamstrung by a series of suspensions for players selling of university-issued sneakers. Most prominent of those suspensions on offense has to be Quarterback Chazz Surratt. The Pitt game will be the final game of his suspension, with Nathan Elliott having been signal-caller in his absence. Last year, Elliott had a good day against the Panthers, going 20 for 31 for 235 yards and throwing 2 Touchdowns against 0 Interceptions. However, that game looks like it has been a high-water mark in his career to this point and he has well-documented accuracy issues. With a stouter defense and more tape available, I expect the Panthers to do a much better job containing Elliott.

The Tar Heels most dangerous offensive weapon is Wide Receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams. He had a career day against Pitt last year. In addition to his 5 receptions for 75 yards, one of which went for a Touchdown, he opened the game with a kickoff return Touchdown, and threw a Touchdown on a trick play. Through the first two games of the season, he has 7 receptions for 146 yards and a Touchdown. Antonio Williams, a transfer from Ohio State, is North Carolina’s primary Running Back. Through two games the Junior has 143 yards, but with 6.2 average yards per rush. Additionally, he had already amassed