USA Today includes North Carolina in ‘Misery Index’ after Week 5

Is it basketball season yet? Since the calendar just switched to October, we aren’t quite there yet, but North Carolina fans probably wish it were already.

The Tar Heels dropped to 1-4 this season after an embarrassing, 33-7, loss at Georgia Tech. In that contest, North Carolina generated very little offense, averaging 4.4 yards per pass and converting just 2 of 12 third-down attempts.

It’s hard to believe that a program that showed so much promise not very long ago, winning the Coastal Division and playing in the ACC Championship Game two years ago, could fall so far behind the rest of the pack in the conference. It’s unlikely the Tar Heels make a bowl game, and they could potential finish sixth or last in the Coastal this year.

With the possibility, Dan Wolken of USA Today included North Carolina in his “Misery Index” at the conclusion of Week 5:

At this point in his career as a head coach, you just kind of figure that Larry Fedora is going to have a good quarterback. Whether it was at Southern Miss or North Carolina, where a parade of effective signal callers have come through to run his system, you count on the Tar Heels having a good offense. But we may have to adjust our compass this year, as North Carolina is currently a very bad football team that doesn’t do a good job scoring points. Now 1-4, this could very well be the first time in Fedora’s 10 years as a head coach that his team doesn’t win enough games to qualify for a bowl. Against Georgia Tech on Saturday in a 33-7 loss, the Tar Heels finished with 247 yards of offense while quarterback Chazz Surratt threw for 141 and an interception. That’s a far cry from teams run by Mitchell Trubisky, Marquise Williams and Bryn Renner, and it appears Fedora’s quarterback luck has run out. The Tar Heels are not only uncompetitive, but they’re not even entertaining. And if it gets much worse, Fedora may not come up as much in coaching searches as he has the last few years.

With seemingly no answers behind center and more and more injures piling up, it might even get worse before it gets better for North Carolina football.

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