Saturday night’s UNC-UVA football result was shocking – but not unexpected, considering the Tar Heels’ history as a Top 10 team.
Previously undefeated UNC lost to 1-win UVA, 31-27, for the Hoos’ first victory in the South’s Oldest Rivalry since 2023. After tallying 24 points in the first three quarters, Carolina delivered a putrid, fourth-quarter performance and scored its only points on a Noah Burnette field goal.
UNC’s defense allowed the Cavaliers’ rushing attack, among the ACC’s worst, to gash it for 228 yards. UVA running back Mike Hollins scored all three rushing touchdowns, while Perris Jones led the room with 67 yards on 14 carries.
This came as a shock to many, as the Tar Heel defense seemingly proved itself with four, stellar performances since a letdown against App State. Instead, we all witnessed what had been a commonplace in Chapel Hill for many years prior – a defensive unit, full of talent, underperforming in one of the season’s most important games.
Even with the defeat, UNC only dropped to 17th in the latest AP Poll. There were debates about how far Carolina would fall – out of the Top 20, maybe even the Top 25 completely. The Tar Heels don’t deserve to be ranked after losing to one of the ACC’s worse teams, but their ranking (and conference record) gives them hope at a conference title.
Carolina closes out its regular season slate with Georgia Tech, an opponent tougher than it should be, Campbell, Duke, Clemson and N.C. State. A good UNC team could close this schedule portion with five wins, but good is no longer a guarantee after Saturday’s meltdown.
Let’s see how strong social media thinks the Tar Heels will finish:
Anything less than 9-3 should be considered a monumental disappointment by all Tar Heel fans including the ones wearing Carolina blue shades.
— architelligent (@architelligent) October 23, 2023
— UNC Fan (@UNC_and_CFB) October 23, 2023
I hope the team hasn't written off the season like a large portion of the fan base has. Still a lot to play for. The GT loss last year lasted 3 more games. Hopefully the UVA loss is already forgotten for the players.
— Phillip (@Phillip_Allred) October 23, 2023
Last week I said they would lose 2 games… I’ll stick with that 4-1 … could easily go 2-3 but I think they will will bounce back.
— matt (@mttlnrd) October 23, 2023
What's more likely? 2-3 or 4-1? I'd give 2-3 more likely than 4-1. Either way, I don't have much confidence they make the championship game. 55-45 they don't make it.
— Scott Stallings (@SteveBrooks58) October 23, 2023
It all hinders on Saturday night. If they wn they can finish strong. Lose and season goes the wrong way.
— Bryan Craft (@bcrafty11) October 23, 2023
believe it or not i think we finish 5-0. they’re pissed they lost so mack is gonna set a fire under their ass and they’re gonna play some good football the next few weeks
— Theo Sparks (@theosparkss) October 23, 2023
After Saturday night’s fiasco the only sure win I see is Campbell. Everything else is totally up in the air!
— Tim Gold (@tgold1964) October 23, 2023
4-1 or it’s a disappointment
— Cory Mullen (@HEELS247365) October 23, 2023
After Saturday night, I honestly don’t know. Go Heels
— Tuxedo Tar Heel Dolphins (@TarTuxedo) October 23, 2023