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3. Which team wins tonight's Music City Bowl? (ESPN/ESPN3, 6:40 p.m. ET)
The home of country music seems like a good host for Tennessee and North Carolina. After all, no music genre handles misery quite as well as country. It hasn't been a fun season for fans of the Tar Heels, hammered early by suspensions to key players, or the Vols, rebuilding under a new coach. Who goes home happy? More picks.
It won't be an easy weekend for BCS Cinderellas, even though they're all playing at home. Cincinnati faces No. 25 West Virginia, TCU gets the pressure of GameDay and No. 16 Utah, and Boise State deals with a surprising 7-3 Idaho (and a visiting AD who doesn't like to fly on planes with Broncos markings).
The bad news for North Carolina comes in the form of an 0-3 start in the ACC, a stretch of games in which the Tar Heels have twice failed to reach double digits on the scoreboard. The good news? Butch Davis' team is hanging right with Elon and Appalachian State in the Southern Conference after wins against Citadel and Georgia Southern.
Blacksburg is rarely a good place for a football team to visit when it needs a confidence boost, but that's where North Carolina finds itself tonight, facing a Virginia Tech team likely still smarting from last week's loss at Georgia Tech. SportsNation had high hopes for both the Hokies and Tar Heels this season, ranking them first and fourth, respectively, in the ACC preseason ranker. But if you're looking for a change of pace from the World Series tonight, you could do worse.
I hope you Hokies take it easy on us, your D and our O spells trouble in Tar Heel land, and Tech always plays lights out on Thursday nights. I, for one, am nervous. It is such a shame that we DO have such a good defense, and no offense to show for it. I would say lets get Renner some reps, but I don't want to throw him to the wolves this early in his career, especially not on this stage.” -- Dave Morris844
Both teams are hungry for a win, and UNC isn't going to just lay down because they'll be playing in Lane Stadium. If our defense can stay focused for 4 quarters it will be a fairly close game.” -- JustKeepingItReal
Looks like the pollsters still respect the Hokies as the best 2 loss team... if we keep winning we should be in a BCS bowl....” -- hokiestats