The bad news for North Carolina comes in the form of an 0-3 start in the ACC, a stretch of games in which the Tar Heels have twice failed to reach double digits on the scoreboard. The good news? Butch Davis' team is hanging right with Elon and Appalachian State in the Southern Conference after wins against Citadel and Georgia Southern.

Blacksburg is rarely a good place for a football team to visit when it needs a confidence boost, but that's where North Carolina finds itself tonight, facing a Virginia Tech team likely still smarting from last week's loss at Georgia Tech. SportsNation had high hopes for both the Hokies and Tar Heels this season, ranking them first and fourth, respectively, in the ACC preseason ranker. But if you're looking for a change of pace from the World Series tonight, you could do worse.

dave morris844

I hope you Hokies take it easy on us, your D and our O spells trouble in Tar Heel land, and Tech always plays lights out on Thursday nights. I, for one, am nervous. It is such a shame that we DO have such a good defense, and no offense to show for it. I would say lets get Renner some reps, but I don't want to throw him to the wolves this early in his career, especially not on this stage.

-- Dave Morris844

Both teams are hungry for a win, and UNC isn't going to just lay down because they'll be playing in Lane Stadium. If our defense can stay focused for 4 quarters it will be a fairly close game.

-- JustKeepingItReal

Looks like the pollsters still respect the Hokies as the best 2 loss team... if we keep winning we should be in a BCS bowl....

-- hokiestats

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