It’s been a longgggg time since I’ve last checked in on Argyle Report to talk about Tar Heel football. Too long! Let’s examine what’s happened since.
Carolina won their home opener in a well-rounded game against Pitt, then promptly got trounced by Miami. They lost two games they easily could’ve won against Virginia Tech and Syracuse, and are fresh off a return from UVA with another loss. We’ve seen brief moments from quarterbacks Chazz Surratt and Cade Fortin before both went down with injuries, as well as the good side and bad side of junior quarterback Nathan Elliott.
All of that lands UNC at 1-6 and desperate for some home-field love, after spending three of their last four games on the road. They’ll make it up by playing three of their last four games of the season in Kenan, starting this weekend with homecoming against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech and Paul Johnson, however, are looking as formidable as ever. They’re coming off a win against Virginia Tech where they gashed the Hokies for 465 rushing yards and 49 points. The Yellow Jackets passed the ball once -- just once! -- the entire game, finding plenty of success against their opponent’s defensive line.
The Tar Heels should expect something like this against them on Saturday. Carolina has been better as stopping rushing attacks this season, but they’re not a great defensive team on third downs. They’ll need to stand tall and (literally) pry the ball out of Georgia Tech’s hands to make sure the UNC offense has time to go to work.
It’s the first home game since that electric night game against Virginia Tech, and despite the team’s record, let’s hope the same energy carries over for homecoming! Here’s your game day guide to keep your Carolina spirits high on Saturday:
9:15 AM: Bell Tower Tailgate Party
The UNC Alumni Association is holding their annual homecoming tailgate around the famed Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower. Those registered with the group have the chance to climb the steps of the tower, enjoy great food, and catch up with fellow Tar Heels.
9:45 AM: Team arrival at Bell Tower Park
Welcome and cheer on the football team as they do their victory walk into Kenan Stadium! Visit promotional tents and hear the Marching Tar Heels play your favorite fight songs.
10:00 AM: Tar Heel Town at Polk Place
Whether you’re looking for a tailgating spot, visiting other Carolina fans, or looking for a break from your walk to the stadium, stop by UNC’s main academic quad before kickoff. There’s music, games, face-painting, and food: an all-around fun time.
10:45 AM: UNC Drumline Performance in the Pit
The drumline performs their cadence routine! Drop by to see us warm up, hear some spicy beats, and join the rest of the band in dancing along.
11:05 AM: Brass Performance at Dey Hall
The trumpets and tubas of the Marching Tar Heels warm up and play a medley of fun songs on the steps of Dey Hall.
11:15 AM: Marching Tar Heels Performance at Wilson Library and March to the stadium
The entire UNC marching band gathers together to play for those hanging out at Tar Heel Town. Hear fight songs and other fan-favorites as they head toward Kenan for their pregame performance!
12:15 PM: Kickoff against Georgia Tech in Kenan Stadium
Tar Heel football is back in Chapel Hill! Help welcome the team back after a long two weeks and cheer them on as they aim for their second victory!
The Marching Tar Heels will debut their tribute show to Earth, Wind, and Fire! Be sure to stay in your seats, as the band will play song to all sides of Kenan Stadium.