College Football Week #2: Carolina Blue
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College Football Week #2: Carolina Blue
The University of North Carolina football crew plays 17 home games a year and wins not even one of them. Basically that is the manner in which it appears, ok? Don't you picture mustachioed lead trainer John Bunting accusing onto the field of thousands of sky-blue-clad fans waving somewhat feminine looking tufts, the regular grass in Chapel Hill standing out pleasantly from both the cornflower-blue of the group's home pullovers and the gas-light blue of the fresh pre-winter sky...only to watch Carolina get totally waxed? In reality, since Bunting supplanted Carl Torbush (who supplanted Mack Brown) at UNC in 2001, Carolina is 24-36, putting it straight up there with the University of Illinois and the University of Arizona, lovely pleasant organization in school bands, however really messy accomplices here in the place that is known for school pigskin. The individuals who say North Carolina is an extreme spot to dominate school football matches (due to the school's accentuation on b-ball) never told Brown, who post three 10+ win seasons in his residency at Carolina, including consecutive 10-2 and 11-1 seasons in 1996 and 1997 that got him the University of Texas work. Regardless of whether Torbush annihilated the program prior to Bunting arrived or whether Bunting took an interest in the gig, the school hasn't posted a triumphant season since Bunting's first year ('01), and assuming last end of the week's disgusting home misfortune as a top choice against Rutgers is any sign, things aren't any better this year down Tar Heel way. This week, Carolina is home once more (shock!) against Virginia Tech, who's falling off a season-opening destroying of Northeastern, 38-0, in which (shock!) Tech obstructed a dropkick, making it the 109th time in mentor Frank Beamer's (and his goiter's) 228 games that the group has impeded a kick. This might be something of a down year by the Hokies' elevated principles, as Marcus Vick's excusal from the quarterback job left a void that sophomore Sean Glennon, who'd never begun a university game, should fill, and the takeoff of half back Cedric Humes implies Branden Ore should deal with backfield obligations generally without anyone else. Be that as it may, there are not many motivations to accept Tech needs more in '06 to deal with Carolina, to say the least. They crushed the Tar Heels 30-3 last season in Blacksburg (however in all honesty, Carolina kept the past season's gathering nearer, losing just 27-24). ESPORTS Be that as it may, consider this: Beamer is sans benevolence. His groups are 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 games where they were inclined toward by 10.5 places or more, 5-0 in their last five against the spread as a street top choice, and 7-0 against the spread by and large in their last seven street games. Carolina is better as a home 'canine (5-1 ATS) than as a top choice, yet in the new past are 0-4 ATS in general, 0-3 ATS in their last three gathering games, and 0-3 ATS in their last three home games (counting the misfortune as a fave last week to New Jersey's best). Truly, the Rutgers misfortune last week wasn't quite so close as the score shows; the Scarlet Knights drove 21-10 halfway through the final quarter, and had the ball, yet almost stifled away the success late. Most disturbing was the way that Rutgers' running back, Ray Rice, scrambled for a profession high 201 yards. Metal is a considerable amount more proclaimed than Rice (he was a prep All-American), and is one of the more dangerous open-field players in the ACC. I don't figure Carolina can contain Ore, and I don't stress that the Hokies will let down later a major opener. I'm eyeballing that Carolina record as a home 'canine, yet eventually, I'm depending on Beamer's absence of kindness and taking Virginia Tech at Carolina (- 11.5). Last Week: Oops. Consider me tricked by the California Golden Bears. Seldom has a group looked less-ready than Cal did last week making a trip the nation over to be embarrassed on public TV by the Tennessee Volunteers. I'm not exactly prepared to bless the Vols as the top choice in the SEC East at this time; I think last end of the week's whooping (which I picked against, incidentally) was more a result of extraordinary and utter levelness with respect to Cal. In any case, Bears fans must be worried about a QB circumstance that, in spite of my attestations last end of the week, are by no means settled by Nate Longshore's return from injury. Joe Ayoob presumably really looked better compared to Longshore, and surprisingly appeared like he may lead a blazing rebound, however at that point his old error raised its head, and the game was fixed. Regardless, it was a terrible pick, and I'm 0-1 on the youthful season against the number.

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