North Carolina isn't desperate for a football win, but it's moving in that direction. A season that was supposed to be one of the best in school history is more uncertain right now than it is promising. The Tar Heels are 0-2, have lost four consecutive games dating to last season, and now will go on the road for the first time this season.
0-2 Tar Heels facing 'a must-win situation'
The Winston Salem Journal
North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates said Monday the Tar Heels are not in panic mode just yet after Saturday's loss to Georgia Tech dropped his team to 0-2.
But the senior admitted that UNC needs to win this weekend's matchup at Rutgers (3:30 p.m., ESPNU) to get a once promising season back on track.
Heels: No time to wonder 'what if'
The Durham Herald-Sun
One of the first major victories scored by North Carolina under Coach Butch Davis occurred on a Thursday evening in September two years ago when the Tar Heels blasted Rutgers, 44-12, on their home field.
UNC looking for first win of season
The Fayetteville Observer
North Carolina coach Butch Davis says running back Johnny White plays with an obvious passion.
One glance the 5-foot-10, 210-pound senior charging into the teeth of the Georgia Tech defense after his helmet had been sent flying early in Saturday's game confirms that statement.
White's teammates praise his team-first attitude.
Passion, patience pay off for Tar Heels' White
The Burlington Times-News
Two years ago, the North Carolina football team rolled into Piscataway, N.J., for its Thursday night game against Rutgers riding a wave of optimism.
Rutgers an unfamiliar test for UNC Football
The Daily Tar Heel
Is Rutgers facing one of those no-win situations against North Carolina on Saturday?
Greg Schiano doesn't see North Carolina as 'measuring stick'
The NJ Ledger-Star
With all the uncertainty surrounding North Carolina's visit to Rutgers on Saturday, Alex Silvestro has managed to see one thing clearly.
He doesn't know if the 12 Tar Heels — six of them defensive starters — on indefinite suspension pending an NCAA investigation into agent-related benefits and possible academic fraud will be back this weekend.
But past experience tells him that if he and his defensive teammates don't get pressure on North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates, it won't matter who is — or isn't — playing for the Tar Heels.
For Rutgers, key will be to silence Tar Heel QB T.J. Yates
The NJ Ledger-Star