by Jacob Swiger
It's been a weird several days since Christian Ponder went all Drew Brees on the Tar Heels.
Grumblings from fans and media have begun permeating through the blogosphere. Most of which point to coach Butch Davis' 16-16 record at Carolina as not worthy of a multimillion-dollar contract.
The frustrations UNC fans feel aren't unrealistic. The defense is there but sometimes is outschemed by opponents. The offense flashes potential but lacks consistency with an interception-prone quarterback.
Halfway through year three, though, Davis should not start 0-3 in conference play, especially with the talent he's brought to Chapel Hill.
To make matters worse, UNC's bowl prospects look bleak. Five games remain on the schedule and UNC must win three to reach the postseason. With UNC traveling to face the Virginia Tech Hokies, who are the fourth straight ACC opponent with a bye week before facing the Tar Heels, it might be time to label this game as a must win.
Not for Davis' career but for the season. Not reaching a bowl game would be seen as a huge step backward, especially with the progress of Duke under the direction of coach David Cutcliffe.
Not to mention all the money thrown at the football program per Davis' request. Seats have not been as full this season and fan enthusiasm is leveling off -- a dangerous line to be tiptoeing.
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