North Carolina vs. Virginia: ACC Football Thursday Night Showcase

By M. Shannon Smallwood

North Carolina Tar Heels @ Virginia Cavaliers (+3.5)
ESPN – 7:30 p.m.
XM 91 – SIRIUS 91

So who is ready for another exciting ESPN Thursday Night ACC Football game!

Third time is the charm, right?

Well,let’s hope as the North Carolina Tar Heels travel to face the Virginia Cavaliers with kickoff here in just a few hours. The Tar Heels enter the game fresh off giving up 68 points to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Virginia on the other had has finally decided to show up for the 2012 season and make its run to a bowl game with a huge 41-40 victory in the final seconds over the Miami Hurricanes.

So what does all this mean?

Drama as usual…

This is the South’s Oldest Rivalry that dates back to 1892.

That’s a long time…

Carolina leads the 116 game series with a 58-54-4 margin including the last two years. But Virginia has owned the last 20 years with a 13-7 mark.

So what will give in this game?

Probably a lot of offense the way both defenses have played over the past few weeks. In the history of this game, the highest scoring contest was in 2004 that the Cavaliers won 56-24. There is no doubt that the Tar Heels have better talent that has lived up to its potential.

Virginia has a lot of talent that is still trying to figure out what their potential is. But the bottom line is this, Carolina does not have a post season and every game remaining is a bowl game…


A desperate Cavalier squad whose season is over with one more loss…

Oh decisions, decisions…

UNC always finds a way to play bad against UVA. And Carolina is without is all-everything kicker Casey Barth for the rest of the season.

Carolina will find a way to win on the foot of the walk-on kicker, but they will not cover, 43-41.


M Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism in
professional baseball and college athletics and is the ACC Football Guru, SEC Voice of Reason and College Football Comedian for Rant Sports. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

Follow him @woodysmalls.

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