As the fall months approach, the sports fan under your roof at your new home in the South Lakes neighborhood in Fuquay Varina can rest assured that as sure as the changing of the leaves and the spectacular outdoor colors of the season is the excitement of Triangle area college football. With three prominent Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) football programs set to kick off the 2015, Raleigh area College Football rivalries are the hottest in the country and you are only minutes up the road from all the action.
All three of the three local favorites, the North Carolina State Wolfpack, University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels, and Duke Blue Devils being legitimate preseason contenders for an ACC title, the gridiron action in the Triangle is sure to be fast and furious throughout each of the area rivals schedules. All three teams are readying to play their first games later this week, with the always exciting conference schedule set to begin are set to begin the first week of October.
Both UNC and Duke will start their 2015 seasons with a rare weekday game this Thursday, September 3. The march toward a bowl game for both teams will begin on the road, as the Tar Heels will open with a tough nonconference opponent, South Carolina at a neutral site, as they play at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. UNC will return back to the friendly confines of Chapel Hill’s Kenan Memorial Stadium in week two, as North Carolina A & T comes to town on Saturday, September 12.
Duke opens the schedule on September 3 also, with a trip to New Orleans, where they will face off against the Tulane Green Wave before welcoming North Carolina Central to Durham for their home opener at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday, September 12. No doubt the Raleigh area College Football fans will have the date of Saturday, November 7 circled on their respective calendars, as the area’s top rivalry game between UNC and Duke will take place, this year emanating from Chapel Hill, with the Tar Heels hoping the home field advantage can propel them over the Blue Devils.
The North Carolina State Wolfpack will open there 2015 schedule in their home stadium, bringing the first taste of Raleigh area College Football to Carter Finley Stadium, this Saturday, September 5. While they do not have a match up with Duke this season, the Wolfpack will host a rivalry game versus UNC in Raleigh this year as well, with the Tar Heels coming to town on the final weekend of the regular season, Saturday, November 28.
With each school’s dream of a conference championship and a major bowl game well with in their respective crosshairs as they prepare to take the field, the true winners as the 2015 Raleigh area College Football season moves along is you, the fans.