The No. 14 North Carolina football team (3-1, 3-1 ACC) will face off against in-state rival No. 23 N.C. State (4-1, 4-1 ACC) this Saturday at noon in Kenan Memorial Stadium. The Wolfpack are currently riding a three-game win streak, and are coming off of a 31-20 victory over Duke this past Saturday.
The loss against Florida State is still reverberating throughout Chapel Hill, as UNC missed out on the largest comeback in school history by three points. Something the UNC defense can take pride in, though, was that the Tar Heels shut out the Seminoles in the second half, and they'll certainly try to carry this momentum into this week’s contest. Here's four keys for a North Carolina victory:
Test the Wolfpack secondary
Sophomore Sam Howell threw for a season-high 374 passing yards against Florida State last week, and should look to continue his strong stretch of play against an N.C. State defense that ranks in the bottom 30 in the nation against the pass.
It's questionable whether senior cornerback Chris Ingram or redshirt first-year safety Khalid Martin will participate in Saturday’s game for the Wolfpack, as both have been sidelined with injuries in recent weeks. Howell should look at this game as an opportunity to fill the stat sheet and get his Heisman campaign back on track.