North Carolina has now lost its past two games by an average of 2.5 points and taken both contests down to the wire. Looking to turn it around on the road, the Tar Heels won't expect things to get any easier as they travel to face No. 23 South Florida on Saturday.
Tar Heels trying to right the ship at USF
The Daily Tar Heel
The Tar Heels (1-2), who visit the No. 23-ranked South Florida Bulls (2-0) in Saturday afternoon's nationally televised non-conference game at Raymond James Stadium, aren't there yet. Not even close, really.
USF is a 13 1/2 -point favorite to defeat the Tar Heels, a brand-name program it pounded 37-20 last season at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Davis Trying To Change Tar Heels
The Tampa Tribune
University of South Florida C Nick Capogna, who injured his left knee in the season opener and missed the Auburn game in Week 2, will not play Saturday when the No. 23 Bulls (2-0) host North Carolina (1-2).
Capogna Will Not Play Against Tar Heels
The Tampa Tribune
When North Carolina visits No. 23 South Florida on Saturday, the Bulls will undoubtedly present a number of challenges.
But before the Tar Heels venture to Tampa, Fla. in an attempt to knock off the No. 23 team in the nation – a South Florida squad who scored a road victory at Auburn two Saturdays ago – they have some identity searching to do.
Tar Heels struggle to find the right mix before facing surprise Bulls
The Rocky Mount Telegram
North Carolina will seek clarification from the ACC Office regarding the means that can be used to decide to challenge an official's call after an incident in Saturday's loss to Virginia.
CONFUSION: UNC's Davis wants to know what sources a coach can use to challenge a call on field
The Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina coach Butch Davis was still seeking clarification Monday on the field goal that wasn't, then was, in Saturday's 22-20 loss against Virginia.
Davis has asked the Atlantic Coast Conference to review the circumstances that led officials to reverse the call on a 48-yard field goal attempt by Virginia's Chris Gould in the third period.
"Make no mistake about it. The kick was good,'' Davis said during his weekly press conference. "We just sent a list of a couple of things we'd like them to review and clarify for us, and one of them is the procedure in which the challenges are made.''
Davis asks for clarification of field goal reversal
The Fayetteville Observer
At 7:23 p.m. Saturday in a room filled with enough television screens to fill a sports bar, ACC officiating coordinator Doug Rhoads reviewed the most controversial call of the day.
Rhoads asked intern Will Gravely to play the video of Virginia kicker Chris Gould's field goal that almost wasn't earlier in the day at North Carolina.
As the ball sailed through the air, Rhoads trained his eyes on back judge Virgil Valdez, standing below the left upright.
"He's still looking," Rhoads said. "Now right there, he's starting to turn away."
ACC goes to video to review refs
The News and Observer
Butch Davis may have lost more than a football game to Virginia last Saturday. Whispers were believed to have been heard coming out of Kenan Stadium that this one that got away might end up the one that costs the Tar Heels a bowl game. Well, not that the Tar Heels were headed to a bowl in the first place, but you never know. Just consider a few factors as to why Davis would have loved to win his first ACC game and be 2-1 going to South Florida.
First lumps for Butch in the ACC
The Durham Herald-Sun