College football betting have not been the same at Carolina, however, since Brown departed for Texas starting with the NCAA football betting 1998 season. The Tar Heels are now on their second head coach, John Bunting, UNC alum that has managed to just barely stay one step ahead of the college football betting posse.
Bunting's problems began in 2001 when he produced an 8-5 straight up record which culminated with a 16-10 Peach Bowl win over Auburn. All this did was send expectations through the roof and set him up for a lot of future heat.
The following season, North Carolina proved to have little or no value on the college football betting boards as they lost eight of their first ten games against the spread, before covering their final two games after the masses defected.
Their value was retained to start 2003 as the Tar Heels, after dropping their opening two games against the line, went on to get the cash in 6 of their next eight games before their value was depleted and they dropped their final two games against the spread to end the year.
2004 proved to be an excellent NCAA football betting lesson on value and patience. North Carolina spent the first half of the season trying to get itself together and in their seventh game of the year at Utah they were bombed out 16-46 as whopping 21-point dogs.
At that point, it was assumed that Bunting was out as coach, a virtual dead man walking. The Tar Heels limped home to face powerhouse Miami as 21.5-point home dogs, written off for dead by the masses. UNC rose from the dead, however, to beat Miami 31-28 and went on to a bowl game.
North Carolina continued to perplex the college football betting community in 2005 by covering 6 of their first 8 games only to drop their final three games ATS as they failed to make a bowl while continuing to underachieve. UNC has taught a lot of bettors the perils of betting the come with losers.