Here in the South we live for college football, and on Thursday, our lives will once again be complete.
The college football season gets underway Thursday with the North Carolina Tar Heels facing the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Belk College Kickoff Game. Dubbed the “Clash of the Carolinas,” the game will be held at the neutral site of Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, with kickoff set for 6 p.m.
We are sure your excitement is already through the roof, but in case you need an extra boost to get you to game time, we’ve got you some hype videos from both universities:
The Gamecocks enter the season looking to improve on what was a disappointing 2014 campaign. They finished last season 7-6, with three losses coming in games where they threw away double-digit leads in the fourth quarter. New co-defensive coordinator Jon Hoke was brought in to assist Lorenzo Ward in returning the defense to supremacy, and with another year of experience under what was a young secondary and linebacking core last season, it certainly looks possible. The big question mark on offense is how newly named starting quarterback Connor Mitch will perform, but a power running game and the do-it-all ability of wide receiver Pharoh Cooper should help alleviate the pressure.
Much like the Gamecocks, the fate of the Tar Heels’ season will depend on whether or not the defense takes a big leap forward. The defense struggled mightily last season, giving up 496 yards per game (118th in the nation) as the Tar Heels finished the season with a losing record of 6-7. Gene Chizik was hired during the offseason as defensive coordinator, bringing along a National Championship pedigree and a new 4-3 base scheme. On the other side of the ball, UNC returns 10 starters on what was a high-powered offense in 2014. Senior Quarterback Marquise Williams looks to build on last seasons impressive numbers, while running back T.J. Logan could be looking at a breakout season.
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