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.