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Triangle teams, coaches will learn about themselves in Week 1

Posted August 29

The long summer is over, and teams across the country are ready to kick off the 2014 regular season. 

In the Triangle, the first couple of weeks are about getting wins, avoiding injuries and figuring out who can play football. Most teams will have several different starting lineups in the first couple of weeks of the season, and it's because scrimmage days and game days are totally different animals. 

In Raleigh, as N.C. State looks for its first win in nearly a calendar year, Georgia Southern could be an issue. If I was Dave Doeren, I would have showed the Ga. Southern-Florida film to my group every single day. 

Ga. Southern beating Florida matters, and if N.C. State isn't ready to play, they could screw things up and get beat. New quarterback Jacoby Brissett needs to earn the respect of his team through his play. 

In Chapel Hill, it's going to be interesting to see if Larry Fedora can manage a two-quarterback system for a second year in a row. He did it last season, and he did a great job turning his team around after a catastrophic start. 

The concern for the Tar Heels is up front along the offensive and defensive lines. If they can't block anyone or cause issues for opposing offenses, they won't be very good. 

For the Blue Devils, I'm wondering if Anthony Boone can fill the role Brandon Connette played last year in the red zone. His transfer matters, and Duke will need Boone to be a more efficient playmaker in close. Luckily, he's got a pretty nice security blanket in Jamison Crowder.

Down in Greenville, the Pirates are starting the season with a game against North Carolina Central. ECU needs to limit turnovers and do whatever is necessary to get the win, because the upcoming schedule (at South Carolina, at Virginia Tech, vs UNC) does the team no favors.

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  • lewiskr45 Aug 29, 12:00 p.m.

    U of FL was 4-8 last year and they are still not the U of FL of the early 2000's. Georgia... View More

    Georgia Southern wasn't that good last year when they beat florida. In fact, Georgia Southern didn't even complete a pass for the whole game, all they did was run it. Florida was favored in that game too, had better players on the field than what state has this year. And state just isn't that good.

  • TeaBagOnLove Aug 29, 11:55 a.m.

    U of FL was 4-8 last year and they are still not the U of FL of the early 2000's. Georgia Southern did something that NC State could have done last year too. To use a 2013 win against a garbage U of FL team is really a poor example.

    Do you think Georgia Southern was playing the film from NC States' 2013 near loss to Richmond? NO! *** Line: State -20.5 pts. ***

    Fedora will have a breeze managing a "two QB system" against Liberty. It is not even going to be "interesting." The question will be: Does the third-string QB get in before the 2nd half starts? *** Line: UNC -26.0 ***

    That leaves us with Duke. Elon? Duke will learn ZERO from this game. The only question will be: Can Duke double the spread? *** Line: Duke -39 ***

  • abwhite88 Aug 29, 11:09 a.m.

    I cannot imagine that State is taking anyone lightly after last year. If they are (do) then... View More

    — Posted by jmcdow2792

    That was ugly for sure

  • jmcdow2792 Aug 29, 10:53 a.m.

    I cannot imagine that State is taking anyone lightly after last year. If they are (do) then things will get bad quickly. From what I saw last night, ECU receivers may have a field day at SC.

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