Three games to open the 2015 football season, three distinct flavors:
* Blown chance for a decisive win over what looks to be an average-to-poor South Carolina team.
* Runaway victory over a FCS team in North Carolina A&T.
* Another runaway victory, this one with more substance as the opponent was a previously unbeaten team from Big Ten, Illinois. Carolina jumped on the Illini 10-0 after one quarter and pulled away in the third quarter for a 48-14 win.
Now the Tar Heels entertain Delaware of the Colonial Athletic Association Saturday at 12:30 in Kenan Stadium. The Blue Hens are 1-2 and are coached by Dave Brock, an assistant under John Bunting for two years in Chapel Hill from 2005-06. No question Coach Larry Fedora is working to retain the focus the Heels displayed a week ago against A&T and set the stage for entering conference play the following week in Atlanta against old nemesis Georgia Tech.
“We don’t focus much on the opponent,” Fedora says. “It’s always about us—getting better as a team in every facet of the game. I was pleased with a lot of things we did, but we actually left quite a bit on the field against Illinois. There’s a lot of room for improvement. That will be our focus this week.”
The UNC Athletic Department has planned a “White Out” for the Delaware game and asks that all fans wear white to match the outfits of white helmets, white jerseys and white pants the team will wear.
Lettermen are reminded to visit the Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice Lounge at halftime on the south side of the stadium near gate six.
The Tar Heels’ next game and their first ACC clash has been set for 3:30 Oct. 3 at Georgia Tech and will be shown on ESPNU.