Triangle college football fans gear up for the new season

Jaden Tremelling, News Copy Editor

With college football in full swing the fans in North Carolina, have many teams to root for. Ten NCAA Division One teams call North Carolina their home and the main teams people are rooting for are NC State, UNC, and Duke. So far into the season UNC and NC State are the teams with the best record with two out of three wins each.

NC State football has started their season with wins over East Carolina University and West Carolina University respectively. Their rushing game has been particularly good, averaging 250 rushing yards per game. Zonovan Knight leads the team in rushing yards, with 161 to his name. He also has three touchdowns, the most on the team.

Henry Trevathan Jr., the Director of High School Relations at NC State, said that one of the goals this season is to be top three in the ACC for turnover margin. Currently they are doing well on that goal, with zero interceptions, two won fumbles and zero lost.

“We look forward to all of our games.  During your career you have only so many games to play in so you had better enjoy each one.  We take one game at a time mentality so we are looking forward to this week’s game against West Virginia,” said Trevathan.

With that mentality they don’t take any game lightly as seen by their wins, 34-6 against ECU and 41-0 against WCU. However, there are still areas they need to work on.

“We need to continue to work hard on our third down offense and defense. We need to continue to improve in all areas of our team since we are so young.  We need to continue to develop or young players to continue or improvements,” said Trevathan.

UNC football has also started well. With two close wins against University of South Carolina and University of Miami, they are currently 2-1 under their new head coach Mack Brown.

Mack Brown was the UNC head coach before, from 1988 until 1997, before he left to coach the Texas Longhorns, where he won the national championship in 2006. Fans hope he can bring UNC to those levels in the coming years.

“This year has been really promising, and I can’t wait to watch them play NC State,” said Patrick Cannon, junor.

UNC is being led by freshman quarterback Sam Howell. With an average of 10.8 yards per attempt, it has been quite hard for teams to stop him. So far this season he has thrown four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Duke football started out the year with a 42-3 loss to the number two ranked Alabama. However, they bounced back the next week with a 45-13 win against NC A&T. While traditionally known as a basketball school, last year Duke achieved a winning record of 8-5 with some notable wins over UNC, Miami, Northwestern and Army.

“Being a Duke football fan is quite difficult, but I believe that this year could be a breakout year,” said Jack Bost, freshmen.