UNC Football: Staff Picks Game Elf: vs. Georgia Tech

The UNC football team will be looking for a win over the Coastal Division against the Yellow Jackets on Saturday.

The North Carolina Tar Heels have won double-digit games just once in a season this century. If the Heels can get the job done against Georgia Tech this Saturday, they will double that total.

After another win at Wake Forest last week, UNC is officially the ACC Coastal Division Champion and they’ve holed their ticket to Charlotte on December 3 for a showdown with Clemson in the conference title game.

With the Coastal already won and their long-awaited matchup with NC State next Friday, the Heels need to avoid disappointment in a trap game against Georgia Tech this weekend. Will UNC be able to focus on the task at hand and maintain its momentum? Find out what our employees think below!

Nick Delahanty

I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

The Tar Heels should be able to capitalize on that. Georgia Tech will start their third-line quarterback as we saw North Carolina pull off a convincing win when the offense can stay hot (which it has been all season).

Give me the UNC football program in a blowout.

Prediction: North Carolina 42, Georgia Tech 7

Mark DeMott

Accompanied by an emotional win last weekend to win the Coastal Division over Wake Forest and a huge rivalry game against NC State next Friday, this Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech fits into a trap game.

Lucky for Carolina, I don’t think the Yellow Jackets are much of a trap. Without starting quarterback Jeff Sims, the tech offensive is one of the worst in the ACC. I would expect Carolina to have one of their better defensive plays of the season and contain them for the most part.

On the other side of the ball, Tech’s defense was “OK,” but they haven’t played a team with the firepower that UNC presents offensively. They’ve conceded over 40 points against their toughest competition (Clemson, Ole Miss, and Florida State), and none of those teams has as good a quarterback-wide receiver combination as the Tar Heels. I expect Drake Maye and co. to have another big day and continue the quarterback’s recent Heisman Trophy hype.

If the heels can stay focused on the task at hand and avoid looking ahead to the next two weeks, they should win this one easily.

Prognosis: North Carolina 45, Georgia Tech 13

Aaron Konrad

If there was ever a week when the Tar Heels could take a deep breath, this is the week. Despite the problems on defense, Georgia Tech is not currently in the same class as the Tar Heels. Not in insult. Not on defence.

UNC picked up another major road win last week and are now focused on the ACC Championship game. This appears to be a game where they can get healthy. I’m looking for the starters to rest before the end of the game.

Prognosis: North Carolina 52, Georgia Tech 21

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