Butch Davis is gone at the University of North Carolina, but the football program's losing streak to N.C. State didn't go with him. On Saturday, UNC will have another shot at ending the streak, which has reached four games, when it visits Carter-Finley Stadium. Bowl eligibility has been secured. The only matter that means anything this week at the Kenan Football Center is to end N.C. State's dominant hand in the rivalry.
UNC eyes end to pain in rivalry
The Winston Salem Journal
Before T.J. Thorpe met with reporters on Monday, the North Carolina freshman heard from a former high school girlfriend and N.C. State cheerleader who said her classmates in Raleigh were talking about him — and it wasn't flattering.
Withers, Heels turn attention to ending skid against Pack
The Durham Herald-Sun
They won't come out and say it, exactly. Maybe because it would be stating the obvious.
But the North Carolina Tar Heels (6-3 overall, 2-3 ACC) believe they'll have the best chance in four years of defeating arch rival N.C. State (4-4, 1-3) on Saturday for one reason - the Wolfpack won't have Russell Wilson playing quarterback.
Russell Wilson is missing ingredient that could help UNC beat N.C. State for first time in 4 tries
The Fayetteville Observer
Dwight Jones doesn't need any reminding about the fact that North Carolina's recent results against rival North Carolina State have been difficult.
"We hear about it all the time," Jones said. "… You hear it from everybody — coaches, players, fan students, your parents, your cousins, your mom, everybody."
The last four times North Carolina has faced its most heated football nemesis, it has lost.
After Saturday's 49-24 victory against Wake Forest, the Tar Heels (6-3 overall, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) wasted little time in directing their attention to ending that streak.
The week that matters: Tar Heels turn attention to task vs. N.C. State
The Burlington Times-News
Everett Withers grew up a North Carolina fan and says he bleeds Carolina blue.
His appreciation for the Tar Heels' rivalry with N.C. State makes the atmosphere at the Kenan football complex different from in recent years.
UNC's Withers wants to give rivalry its due
The Charlotte Observer
N.C. State (4-4 overall, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) plays host to rival North Carolina (6-3, 2-3) on Saturday and needs to win three of its final four games to earn a spot in a bowl.
So there's no time for pity after its 34-0 drubbing at Florida State.
Wolfpack finds easy tonic: Look ahead to rival matchup
The Burlington Times-News