The ACC has announced its 2013 football schedule, including a total of 22 home games at the three schools in the Triangle.
State will host UNC at Carter-Finley Stadium on Nov. 2, while the Tar Heels will entertain Duke at Kenan Stadium in the battle for the Victory Bell in their season finale on Nov. 30.
And East Carolina will visit the Triangle twice, visiting the Tar Heels on Sept. 28 and the Wolfpack on Nov. 23.
CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL It’s the first game matching Triangle Division I basketball teams this season, and on paper it’s a serious mismatch.
UNC has also hit a run of bad luck, as the Tar Heels have a long injury list. Xylina McDaniel is out for at least this game with a strained hamstring, while Waltiea Rolle will miss the contest with a sprained ankle and freshman Hillary Fuller a sore Achilles tendon. Sophomore forward Whitney Adams gets her first start for UNC.
The Tar Heels will dress only eight players and the Eagles’ seven for the 11 a.m. contest, which UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said she planned to allow local school groups to attend. And there are several busloads of youngsters in the house.
UNC leads from wire to wire, but wins only 49-21 in the closest game in five matchups in the series.
N.C. Central is taking on archrival North Carolina A&T in the biggest game of the season for either team. There is no love lost between the MEAC rivals, and both teams come in at 6-4.
A&T is coached by Rod Broadway, the most successful NCCU coach in recent history (33-11 from 2003-06) and likely the only man on the planet who has officially worn the colors of both schools as well as UNC and Duke.
It takes overtime, and the Aggies prevail 22-16 on a day when ineptitude rules on both sides of the ball as well as with the officiating crew.
UNC, despite all its off-the-field troubles, guaranteed itself a winning season (7-4, 4-3 ACC) to start the Larry Fedora era on the heels of Thursday night’s resounding 37-13 win at Virginia.
The other two local ACC teams are both bowl-bound, while N.C. Central has guaranteed itself a winning season heading into its probable finale tomorrow.
The Eagles (6-4, 5-2 MEAC) have Saturday’s only home game, and will kick off with historic archrival North Carolina A&T (6-4, 4-3) at 2 p.m.
Both ACC games are at 3:30, with Duke (6-4, 3-3) traveling to Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-3) and N.C. State (6-4, 3-3) going to No. 10 Clemson (9-1, 6-1) in the annual Textile Bowl clash. Duke’s game will be shown on ESPNU, while State-Clemson will be on WTVD.
Three more will be played today, and two of them are at home.
UNC (6-3, 3-2 ACC) will host Georgia Tech (4-5, 3-3) and its mind-numbing ground attack at 12:30 at Kenan Stadium, with the Tar Heels having a chance to clinch a winning season with a Homecoming victory. The game will be shown on WRAL.
N.C. Central (6-3, 5-1 MEAC) will continue its now long-shot quests for the MEAC title and an NCAA Division I-FCS playoff berth as the Eagles take on Florida A&M (3-6, 3-3) in a 3 p.m. contest.
And at 3:30 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium, N.C. State (5-4, 2-3) takes on old rival Wake Forest (5-4, 3-4) with bowl eligibility on the line for both teams. The game will be shown on FOX Sports Carolinas.
Duke (6-4, 3-3) is idle until a trip to Georgia Tech next week.
The best collective college football season in the Triangle in quite a few years continues today, and all three teams who will play are at home.
N.C. State (5-3, 2-2 ACC) will host Virginia (2-6, 0-4) at 12:30 p.m., as the Wolfpack looks to gain bowl eligibility for the third straight season. The game will be shown on WRAL.
UNC (6-3, 3-2) is idle.
It has been a great year for Triangle fans to attend area games, as the local Division I teams are a combined 15-0 at home.
It’s the highest profile football game played in the Triangle each season, and it means plenty to everyone involved.
The Triangle’s other two Division I teams are both headed to Florida for possible season-making games as well. Duke (6-2, 3-1) will visit No. 11 Florida State (7-1, 4-1) at Doak Campbell Stadium in a 3:30 game to be shown on ESPNU, while N.C. Central (5-2, 4-0 MEAC) will visit Bethune-Cookman (5-2, 4-0) at 4 in a contest that will determine first place in the MEAC.
And Henry Frazier’s club gets a showcase on national TV — read ESPNU, where every Division I team in the Triangle will appear this week — tonight.
NCCU (4-2, 3-0), which is tied atop the MEAC and ranked as high as No. 8 in Black College polls, will take on a traditionally powerful Hampton team that is struggling this season at 1-4 (1-2, MEAC).
It’s the first game at O’Kelly-Riddick for the Eagles since their season-opening 54-31 win over Fayetteville State.
Hampton has won eight straight in the series, with the last NCCU win in 1983 when both teams were in the CIAA.
The Eagles get a huge night from their defense, especially in a three-touchdown third quarter as they blast the Pirates 37-20.
The Triangle’s most interesting college football season in years seems to get better as the wins pile up.
And this weekend, which gets jump-started a little early tonight, is no exception. All three games involving area teams will be shown live on ESPNU.
Then on Saturday one of the area’s biggest games of the year comes a little early. After N.C. State (4-2, 1-1 ACC) visits Maryland (4-2, 2-0) for a 3:30 matchup, Duke (5-2, 2-1) takes on UNC (5-2, 2-1) at 7 p.m. in the annual battle for the Victory Bell.
Today, we get to see what three of them can do for an encore. And they’ll have to do it on the road.
Duke (5-1, 2-0 ACC), which demolished Virginia 42-17 with a big second half, will go to one of the tougher arenas in the ACC when the Blue Devils visit Virginia Tech at 12:30 in a game to be shown on WRAL.
N.C. Central (3-2, 2-0 MEAC), which crushed South Carolina State 40-10 in the Circle City Classic, will get its credentials tested as it travels to Morgan State (3-2, 2-0) for a 1 p.m. showdown.
And UNC (4-2, 1-1 ACC), which drubbed Virginia Tech 48-34, visits resurgent ACC Coastal Division leader Miami (4-2, 3-0) at 2:30 in a game to be shown on ESPNU.
N.C. State (4-2, 1-1), coming off its shocking 17-16 win at then-No. 3 Florida State, is idle.