North Carolina (1-0) vs. Rutgers (1-0)
North Carolina will return to the friendly confines of Kenan Stadium on Saturday where they will face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on the gridiron. Both teams are coming off of wins and enter the game at 1-0. Rutgers is coming off of a 48-0 victory over North Carolina Central while the Tar Heels recorded a a 42-10 win over James Madison last week.
The Scarlet Knights finished 4-8 last season and are picked as a middle of the road team in the Big East. They are led by quarterback Chas Dodd who went 9-17 for 113 yards and a touchdown last week. Gary Nova took some snaps as well. At the running back position, they spread the carries out between Jawan Jamison, DeAntwan Williams and Savon Huggins. Each had double digit carries in week one. Coming into the season, running back was a question mark and after week one, the jury is still out. Mohamed Sanu caught 7 balls for 68 yards and a touchdown against N.C. Central.
The Scarlet Knights came into the season with 17 returning starters, the majority on the defensive side of the ball. Greg Schiano calls the plays on defense and they are fresh off of a performance in which they scored two defensive touchdowns and racked up 9 sacks.
The Tar Heels had a huge game at quarterback with Bryn Renner going 22-23 with 277 yards and 2 touchdowns against James Madison. Dwight Jones caught both touchdown passes. North Carolina got a combined 123 yards and 3 touchdowns between Ryan Houston and Giovani Bernard.
The Carolina defense was solid, giving up only 211 yards for the game against James Madison. They recorded 5 sacks and kept pressure on the quarterback throughout the game.
The Scarlet Knights are looking for their first 2-0 start in 5 years. Last time they played in Chapel Hill, Rutgers came away with a 21-16 win in 2006 as Ray Rice rushed for 201 yards. They lead the all time series at 3-2. Under Coach Greg Schiano, Rutgers is 5-5 in road openers. Interim Head Coach, Everett Withers will be looking for his first win against an FBS team. North Carolina is favored by 10.
Date: September 10, 2011
Place: Kenan Stadium - Chapel Hill, North Carolina