Triangle football hits the road

Oct. 04, 2013 @ 08:11 PM

College football fans in the Triangle looking for a pigskin fix today will have to turn on their TVs or radios or migrate to BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.

North Carolina (1-3, 0-1 ACC) will travel to Blacksburg, Va., at 12:30 p.m. (WRAL) to face Virginia Tech (4-1, 1-0 ACC) and attempt to turn around a season marked by a lack of intensity and on-field errors recently. Compounding the Tar Heels’ challenge is the fact that Tech has already beaten the teams’ common opponent — East Carolina — while the Tar Heels fell to the Pirates 55-31 a week ago.

N.C. Central (2-2, 0-0 MEAC) heads north to Washington, D.C., to face Howard (1-3, 0-1 MEAC) in a game (1 p.m., the Eagles need as they push for their hoped-for promised land, an MEAC title.

In Winston-Salem, N.C. State  (3-1, 0-1 ACC) and first-year coach Dave Doeren face (3:30 p.m., WRAL) a Wake Forest (2-3, 0-2 ACC) team that hasn’t lost to the Wolfpack on its home field since 2001. It’s the Wolfpack’s first road game of the year.

Duke (3-2, 0-2 ACC) gets a week off before hosting Navy on Oct. 12 in a game that has been jeopardized by the federal government shutdown.