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It's a bowl game trifecta for Triangle fans

Posted December 28, 2010

Three area college football teams make bowl game appearances this week.

The action begins Tuesday when the North Carolina State Wolfpack (8-4, 5-3 ACC) meets West Virginia (9-3, 5-2 Big East) in the Champs Sports Bowl at 6:30 p.m. in Orlando. WRAL-FM 101.5 will carry the radio broadcast.

State head coach Tom O'Brien is 6-2 in bowl games, but his current crop of players, led by quarterback Russell Wilson, has yet to win in the postseason. O'Brien is unfazed, saying his team understands the importance of the match.

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"We've done a great job so far this year in fighting and winning big time games and we have to step up again," Wilson said Monday.

As of last week, N.C. State had sold about 9,000 tickets for the game of an allotment of 13,500.

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Hundreds of fans in Raleigh were expected to watch the game Sammy's Tap and Grill, 2235 Avent Ferry Road, which serves as a local hub for both the Wolfpack and Mountaineers fan clubs.

On Wednesday afternoon, East Carolina takes on Maryland (8-4, 5-3 ACC) in the Military Bowl in Washington, D.C.

In his first year as head coach, Ruffin McNeill brought the up-tempo offense he learned as an assistant at Texas Tech to the Pirates and led them to a 5-3 Conference USA record (6-6 overall). 

The ability of quarterback Dominique Davis will be key if the Pirates are to upset the favored Terrapins.

The Tar Heels finish off the trifecta Thursday in the Music Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, 6:40 p.m.) against Tennessee.

It is the third straight bowl appearance for the University of North Carolina, and a highlight after a season dominated by off-the-field issues and injuries. 

Look for a preview of the game from Ken Medlin Wednesday on the WRAL News at 6.

All three games air on ESPN-TV. 

WRALSportsFan will have live blogs from each game and complete postgame coverage from our partners on WRAL-TV and 99.9 FM The Fan ESPN Radio and 620 AM The Buzz.


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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jan 3, 2011

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    So how is this a bowl game trifecta for Triangle fans?

    How is ECU being in and Duke being out a "trifecta" for Triangle fans?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jan 3, 2011

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    So how is this a bowl game trifecta for Triangle fans?

  • VT1994Hokie Dec 28, 2010

    I remember when an article came out during the season about Duke playing at a different Div level of football. I saw one above stating that they should do this. tbk.

  • VT1994Hokie Dec 28, 2010

    This article isn't about Duke football..TBK. It's about the tri-angle area teams. No more/no less. Heck. I'm glad that any ACC team got a Bowl game. It's about winning and making the ACC look good. ECU deserves to be included in this article too. Anyone in the State looks good in any Bowl. Go Hokies. ACC Champions. Again.

  • backnblack1969 Dec 28, 2010

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    You really need to get a life.

  • StunGunn Dec 28, 2010

    Good luck to our local teams in their bowl games.

    TBK, I didn't take it the way you did about Duke being left out of the "trifecta" of bowl games, but you're right that Durham is one of the "points" of the triangle, not Greenville.

    As for the Carolina angle, I'm not so sure the press would be shielding them from criticism. Had they not made a bowl, I'm pretty sure there would be articles written about why they didn't make it (NCAA investigation and suspensions, etc.).

    I'm so happy for the guys like Yates, who followed the rules and worked so hard. Players like him deserve this bowl. That's the way I look at Carolina's bowl bid.

  • wolfbitesyourheels Dec 28, 2010

    Why quote Wolfpack tickets sales if you are not going to give the numbers of the other "trifectas"?

  • nathanius Dec 28, 2010

    I am really tired of bowls and will not be watching any this year. Time for a playoff system NCAA, if Division I-AA, II, & III schools can do it, so can Division I. It needs to be similar to high school football where the higher ranked team gets home field advantage, with a true champion. But I do understand the dynamics of it, too much money to be lost by host cities, venues/stadiums, and schools barely over .500 who would not make the playoffs.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Dec 28, 2010

    Can't help but take this as a blatant slap-in-the-face of Duke football, just a quick reminder that "everybody but you" is in a bowl game, Duke. How is it a "trifecta for Triangle" fans when Duke (one of the three points of the Triangle) is not included???

    No doubt if Carolina was out and Duke was in... we'd have NEVER seen such an article as this.

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