It’s kickoff time
The offseason is over, and the Triangle’s four Division I college football teams open their seasons either at home or close to it today.
Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State play their season-opening games at home while N.C. Central makes the short trip to Greenville to face East Carolina.
The Blue Devils, after setting a school record with 10 wins last season, meet Elon at Wallace Wade Stadium today (6 p.m., ESPN3.com). In addition to the game, Duke welcomes back to campus players and coaches from its 1989 team that shared the ACC championship. College Football Hall of Famer Clarkston Hines and coach Steve Spurrier are among those who will be honored during the first half of tonight’s game.
In Chapel Hill, No. 23-ranked UNC will play Liberty tonight (6 p.m., ESPN3.com) as coach Larry Fedora begins his third season as the Tar Heels coach. In his previous two seasons, UNC has dominated schools from lower divisions, like Liberty. In 2012, UNC beat Elon, 62-0, and Idaho, 66-0. Last season, UNC rolled over Old Dominion, 80-20.
N.C. State gets started first as the Wolfpack begin their second season under coach Dave Doeren. The Wolfpack welcome Georgia Southern to Carter-Finley Stadium for today’s game (12:30 p.m., WRAZ).
NCCU makes its debut later than all of the area teams. In Jerry Mack’s first game as coach, the Eagles will play at ECU at 8 p.m.
The Duke, N.C. Central and UNC season openers will not be completed in time for Sunday’s paper. For complete coverage, visit us online at www.heraldsun.com<http://www.heraldsun.com/>. The Herald-Sun’s website is free to subscribers to The Herald-Sun.