North Carolina and Wake Forest played FCS teams last weekend that really aren't too far apart in terms of talent and expectations. But the difference in what the Tar Heels did to Elon and the Demon Deacons did to Liberty was significant.
But that means nothing heading into this weekend's matchup pitting the longtime rivals in Winston-Salem.
UNC smashed Elon 62-0 while Wake escaped Liberty 20-17. But the emotional investment Carolina put into that game, given what the program had been through over the last two years with an NCAA investigation and eventual punishment, which includes a bowl ban this season, and that it has a new coaching staff, was probably greater than what most BCS programs put into dates with second and third-tier programs. That probably helped account for the lopsidedness of the game.
Larry Fedora's Tar Heels made tearing apart Elon a point of emphasis, and they did just that. But the baby blues have put that game behind them and the focus now is, ...