North Carolina will hit the road Saturday for the first time this season, with an opportunity to firm its position atop the ACC's Coastal Division. UNC's game at Georgia Tech will be an early season tussle between unbeaten teams. UNC is 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the ACC, and is tied with Duke for the division lead; Georgia Tech is unbeaten after three games heading into its conference opener. Coach Everett Withers of the Tar Heels said he is concerned about Georgia Tech's triple-option offense, and the hostility at Bobby Dodd Stadium that his team will encounter after three games at home.
Tar Heels preparing for Jackets' option attack
The Winston Salem Journal
North Carolina was so pleased with its 222 rushing yards Saturday against Virginia that when it came time to announce the offensive player of the game, interim coach Everett Withers gave the honor to the entire offensive line.
Then the Tar Heels went home and saw that Georgia Tech almost tripled that yardage total on the ground against Kansas.
Intriguing options: Tar Heels impressed by Yellow Jackets' potent attack
The Durham Herald-Sun
The University of North Carolina will vacate 16 victories, reduce scholarships by nine over a three-year period, pay a $50,000 fine and serve a two-year probation due to the NCAA rule violations committed by its football program.
UNC imposes penalties on Tar Heels football program
The Fayetteville Observer
When North Carolina faces off against No. 25 Georgia Tech (3-0) it will be trying to earn its first road victory against the Yellow Jackets since 1997.
Four of the Tar Heels' six most-recent road losses in the series have been decided by a touchdown or less. But their last trip resulted in a 24-7 defeat on a soggy September afternoon in 2009.
Tar Heels put another item on to-do checklist
The Burlington Times-News
When North Carolina defensive tackle Tydreke Powell saw the stats Georgia Tech racked up against Kansas last weekend - a school-record 768 total yards, an ACC-record 604 rushing yards, an NCAA-record 12.1 yards per carry - the senior said his mind was blown.
Then he began anticipating the matchup.
Heels up for Jackets' option
The Charlotte Observer
Losing a total of nine scholarships across the next three seasons could be the most significant part of North Carolina's self-imposed penalties on its football program, athletics director Dick Baddour said.
While there's no way to judge the damage to the school's reputation, the loss of scholarships is bound to have an impact on the team's recruiting and its operations in seasons ahead.
Scholarship reductions could haunt Tar Heels
The Burlington Times-News