To get that win, UNC will have to get something better going offensively than it's shown thus far. Opponents have outscored the Tar Heels 36-16.
They're struggling to run the ball still, getting 95 yards against the Longhorns and 92.3 per game on the season. But that's nothing new.
What has been somewhat surprising is the lack of fluency in the passing game.
Quarterback Ronald Curry has completed 16 of 46 passes (34.8 percent) for 204 yards, zero touchdowns and with four interceptions.
Last year, Bosley Allen, Kory Bailey and Sam Aiken caught deep balls from Curry like it was their job. UNC had 14 passes for more than 40 yards in 2000, 13 thrown by Curry.
His longest completion this season: 27 yards.
Bunting seemed frustrated with his receivers for not doing more to help Curry.
"There's no question we need to get open," Bunting said. "Now, Texas has some fine speed out there. They're matching our speed with their speed. There's no doubt they can match up. But we've got to find a way. When we have opportunities to catch balls, we have to make plays."
There is good news.
The defense is holding opponents to 286.3 yards despite the scores inflated by good field position from turnovers and special teams play.
"I think we showed we're good enough to stop them," defensive end Julius Peppers said. "I think when they get the ball deep in our territory, we go out and put the fire out most of the time."
Still, the last three weeks could be a lot to bounce back from, especially considering the road ahead.
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The Tar Heels host Southern Methodist on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. But after that come Florida State, at N.C. State and East Carolina at home.
"We're struggling right now as everybody can see," Peppers said. "We're struggling. We're going to get it together. We're in the (Texas) game 14-14 in the second quarter. We're down only six at halftime to the whatever number team in the nation. We almost did it. We just have to get over that hump."
Bunting thinks his team can and will get over it.
But his heart and his optimism seemed to skip a small beat at the notion that fan support might not be at its highest for his first home game as coach.
"I'm expecting a great reception," Bunting said. "I'm expecting people to care about these kids. These young kids are out there playing hard trying to get it done.
"Has it been fun? No. Did they have fun on a couple occasions in these losses? Yes, they did because they played hard and played against some of the best football in the country, and they've got to feel good about that. I do. I think a lot of people will, too."
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