In his career as a head coach, Mack Brown is 30-7-1 when coming off bye weeks. With the North Carolina football team coming off its first bye week of the season, he'll try to improve that already impressive record against Virginia Tech on Saturday.
The Tar Heels are in contention to win the ACC Coastal Division if they can win out the rest of their schedule.
“We haven’t done very well since they joined the ACC,” Brown said of the Hokies. “We’re 2-5 up there, so it will be a great challenge for us to go on the road. They’re 4-2, coming off a big win against Miami and then beating Rhode Island this weekend. They’ll be all excited.”
Despite being a 3.5-point favorite, UNC will have its work cut out for them. With the announcement that starting cornerback Trey Morrison is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury, North Carolina has lost four contributors in the secondary to injuries, with the others being Patrice Rene, Cam'Ron Kelly and Myles Wolfolk. What's more, Brown believes the Hokies have “some of the best wide receivers in the country.”
"(Cornerbacks coach Dré Bly) is making his money,” Brown said. “He's having to coach the heck out of them."