This week it’s all about college football in the Carolinas.
Breaking news out of Charlotte leads to a canceled game, longtime voice of Boston College Jon Meterparel joins me to talk the Eagles matchup at Duke, NC State is finally taking the field and why Campbell was trending nationally over the weekend.
Last Saturday North Carolina defeated Syracuse 31-6 — this weekend the Heels were set to face the Charlotte 49ers, until ONE positive COVID test Thursday.
Out of 200 tests taken Monday, Charlotte had an offensive lineman test positive. Through contact tracing the entire offensive line had to be quarantined and the 49ers were forced to cancel their game at UNC Saturday. North Carolina is looking for an opponent to add during their open date Sept. 26.
Duke fell 27-13 to No. 10 Notre Dame last week, this Saturday they look to bounce back against Boston College. The last time Duke’s home opener was against an ACC school was Sept 10, 2005 — it was a 45-0 Virginia Tech win so we aren’t going to spend anymore time talking about that. Boston College however has yet to play a game this season. Watch the episode below to hear longtime voice of the Eagles Jon Meterparel give the scoop on BC.
NC State is finally back on the gridiron and against familiar foe Wake Forest. It’s the third longest series being played in college football, the two teams have played every single year since 1910. Over the past 25, the teams have each won 12 times. The most recent a 44-10 Wolfpack loss at Wake Forest.
While the NC State team will look different under 1st year offensive coordinator Tim Beck, and there will be a lot of new faces in Carter-Finley.
“It will be unique playing in an empty stadium,” NC State head coach Dave Doeren said Wednesday. “We do have some pretty sweet cutouts over there, I saw Zach Galifinakas’ face and Bill Cowher was in the crowd yesterday during our mock game, so there’s some comedy relief in the stands right now.”
For those that don’t know, Zach Galifinakas is an NC State grad.
Campbell football was trending nationally last weekend after nearly beating Georgia Southern on a missed 2-point conversion. The 27-26 loss was a huge showing for the FCS team in their first nationally televised game. Head coach Mike Minter said he had 200 text messages when he got on the bus after the game. Social media was blowing up as college football fans found out about Campbell and their mascot the Fighting Camels.
Campbell QB Hajj Malik Williams told coach Minter earlier this week he was having a hard time focusing on football amidst all the social media messages and mentions. The two decided Williams should get off social media altogether, at least for the week.
This Friday the Camels are back in the limelight — in ESPN’s primetime game as they face Coastal Carolina at 7:30. By the way that’s the Coastal Carolina team that just upset Kansas 38-23. It’s another big game on a big stage.