Things haven’t gone as planned for head coach Larry Fedora and his North Carolina Tar Heels this season.
The Tar Heels were expected to compete with the Miami Hurricanes, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Virginia Tech Hokies for the ACC’s Coastal division championship, but instead have fallen flat on their face.
The Tar Heels have already dropped two ACC contests, a 28-20 loss at Georgia Tech on September 21 and a 27-17 loss at Virginia Tech two weeks later. Sandwiched in between those two games was an embarrassing 55-31 home loss to the East Carolina Pirates. A road loss against the South Carolina Gamecocks to open the season was expected, but still stings.
Now, at 1-4, the Tar Heels have to finish 5-2 or better just to get to a bowl game.
And it won’t get any easier when they host the 10th-ranked Miami Hurricanes Thursday night.
However, they will have starting quarterback Bryn Renner back in the lineup.
“Definitely,” Fedora told Andrew Carter of the News Observer when asked if Renner would play Thursday night.
Renner injured his foot in the East Carolina game and didn’t play against Virginia Tech.
On the season, the senior has completed 91 of 152 passes for 1,117 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s also rushed for a touchdown.
The Heels and ‘Canes will kick off at 7:30 pm EST Thursday night.