Saturday, June 23, 2018

Pittsburgh vs. North Carolina

UNC's D-line will be too much for Pitt.

Pittsburgh offense vs. North Carolina defense
• Pitt doesn't get too fancy on offense. Coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr. prefers execution over gimmickry in his pro-style system, which is at its best when a strong rushing attack sets up the play-action pass. The Panthers like to run a lot of two-receiver sets, which allows them to load up with a tight end and H-back type when run blocking. North Carolina's defensive front will be challenged physically for four quarters. If the Heels hold up along the defensive line, one of the nation's premier linebacker tandems of Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter will be able to flow freely in pursuit of freshman RB Dion Lewis, who is as shifty and elusive as he is tough and determined at 5-foot-8 and 195 pounds. Simply put: The team that wins the battle in the trenches on this side of the ball should come out on top after four quarters.