College Football Preview: Georgia Southern at North Carolina

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 9, 2009

Associated Press
CHAPEL HILL ó North Carolina’s midseason breather just got a whole lot more significant.
Not long ago, the Tar Heels figured their glorified exhibition today against Georgia Southern would give them an opportunity to pad some stats and keep themselves flying high in the polls entering the heart of ACC play.
But after consecutive league losses in which the offense struggled, Tje Tar Heels are approaching this as their last chance to figure out what exactly has gone wrong.
“Are we trying to do too much with a young, inexperienced offensive football team?” coach Butch Davis asked. “Some of the things that we did last year, there were some guys that aren’t ready to do some of those things all the time, whether it’s the receivers, whether it’s the offensive line. And obviously, as the season has gone on, we’ve gotten younger and more inexperienced.”
There isn’t much on the line during North Carolina’s second matchup with a Football Championship Subdivision member ó except for the Tar Heels’ self-esteem.
The game means nothing for bowl eligibility because teams may use only one FCS victory per season toward the six required to make the postseason, and North Carolina (3-2) already claimed one in the opener against The Citadel.
But after averaging 164 total yards in losses to Georgia Tech and previously winless Virginia, the once-ranked Tar Heels hope to get things clicking again.