Posted October 28, 2018 08:19:59The Panthers are one of four undefeated teams in the country heading into Saturday’s season opener against North Carolina State, which marks the first time in nearly two decades the Tar Heels have played a bowl game.
It is the first bowl game in the history of the conference and the first since the conference joined the FBS in 1987.
The Panthers, who have not lost to North Carolina since 1992, will be hoping to take another step toward becoming the first team to win two bowls in a row in their first four seasons of bowl eligibility.
They also are looking forward to facing a Wake Forest team that has been dominant in its first three games, including wins over Miami and Georgia Tech.
The Tar Heel defense will be one of the biggest questions mark the Panthers going into this season, but it has been a dominant unit in the first three weeks of the season.
They have allowed only 15.3 points per game in its last four games, averaging a league-best of 35.4.
They’ve also allowed a league worst 30.6 points per contest against the run.
North Carolina has scored an average of 29.1 points per outing over its last three, including a league best of 35 against Miami and a league high 30 against the spread.
That includes a game-tying 3-pointer with 1:39 remaining against Miami on Oct. 6.
This is a team that is always going to struggle against teams with a high floor, but the Tar Sheels will be a tough test for anyone.
It will be interesting to see if the defense continues to improve against the Seminoles.