The North Carolina Tar Heels are hoping to finish a rocky season with a winning record as they take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the Quick Lane Bowl.
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North Carolina is hoping to recover from a 35-7 blowout loss to NC State, and they will have a chance to do so in the Quick Lane Bowl as they face Rutgers.
The Tar Heels fell to 6-6 with this loss, and they fell far below expectations this season as they were ranked in the top 25 before going on a four-game losing streak.
Dual-threat quarterback Marquise Williams was held to 97 yards and an interception on 11-of-22 passing against NC State, and he only rushed for 11 yards on 16 carries.
Meanwhile, the Scarlet Knights are coming off a 41-38 comeback win against Maryland.
Quarterback Gary Nova had one of his best performances of the season with 347 yards and four touchdown passes on 28-of-42 passing.
Three wide receivers(Janarion Grant, Leonte Carroo, Andre Patton) reached over 100 receiving yards, and Carroo and Patton each caught two touchdown passes.
North Carolina is vulnerable against the pass as they rank 108th in the nation with 263.5 yards per game, and they aren’t any better against the run.
However, Rutgers has struggled against the run, so Williams is sure to give the Scarlet Knights defense fits with his dual-threat ability.
Rutgers has also played horribly in all of their games against ranked teams while North Carolina has beaten teams like Georgia Tech and Duke.
Prediction: North Carolina 38, Rutgers 21