UNC-Chapel Hill’s overhyped 2008 football team travels to Rutgers tonight to battle the Scarlet Knights on ESPN. Although the ACC needs any and every win that we can get…the Tarheels really need this one in order to give them a
As the News & Observer highlighted earlier in the week – Carolina hasn’t won a football game beyond the borders of North Carolina in over five and a half years.
Carolina has not won outside the state since its 38-35 victory at Arizona State on Oct. 5, 2002, a span of 20 games.
Just for fun, we have compiled NC State’s wins outside of the the state since the Tarheels last victory.
10/24/02: NC State 38; Clemson 6
01/01/03: NC State 28; Notre Dame 6 (Gator Bowl)
12/22/03: NC State 56; Kansas 24 (Tangerine Bowl)
09/25/04: NC State 17; Virginia Tech 16
10/16/04: NC State 13; Maryland 3
10/06/05: NC State 17; Georgia Tech 13
11/05/05: NC State 20; Florida State 15
11/03/07: NC State 19; Miami 16 (OT)
Additionally, Joe Giglio at the N&O has compiled some interesting numbers.
• 16-37 on the road since 1998
• 0-6 under Butch Davis
• 5-32 outside the state of North Carolina
• 20 straight road losses outside the state
I could be totally crazy, but I actually think Carolina is going to win tonight. Giglio agreed and says he expects the streak to end. Rutgers may have peaked since their feel-good rise to relevance over the last few years and seem to still be adjusting to some key losses from last year’s squad that included stud running back, Ray Rice. Greg Schiano may live to regret his decision not to upgrade programs while the iron was hot.