Unsurprisingly, the southern region of the country has ruled college football for the past decade. Here, we will look at the question of what is the favorite college football team in North Carolina this season? There are two different ways to approach this question. One of them identifies the program that North Carolina residents gravitate towards in-state. The other looks at the entire landscape of college football, and here, a different school was named the most popular college football team in North Carolina right now. In fact, that team is not even based in the state.
To kick things off, let’s look at the top four college football programs right now that could be in contention. First, you have the North Carolina. Led by one of the best quarterbacks in college football, Drake Maye. The Tar Heels are off to a nice start, beating South Carolina in the Duke’s Mayo Classic last weekend. UNC is currently ranked #17. They will play Appalachian State in Chapel Hill on Saturday. Next, NC State is also 1-0 after winning their opening game vs. UConn. The Wolfpack have arguably their biggest game of the year this weekend, taking on #10 Notre Dame at home.
Wake Forest and Duke are two other major college football programs. Both teams are also 1-0. Duke possibly had the biggest win of all in week one, defeating Clemson easily.
Favorite Home State Team
CBS did a study identifying the favorite college football team in every state. In North Carolina, the Tar Heels were the winner. CBS was to quick to mention how tough of a choice it was but explained the differentiator was, “the Tar Heels’ ability to annually contend under coach Mack Brown and recruit/develop quarterbacks earns them the nod.”
Most Popular Team In The State
This is where things get really interesting. USA Today’s recent feature examines the ten most searched-for college football teams to identify the most popular in each state. They analyzed Google trends since 2017. In North Carolina, they determined that Clemson was the most popular.
There’s Only One Way To Settle This
On Saturday, November 25, UNC will play at NC State. One week prior to that, they travel south to take on Clemson (that’s a tough and defining two-week stretch). NC State hosts Clemson on October 28. It is worth noting the two North Carolina college football teams who are ranked the highest right now, will also play each other. #21 Duke will play at #17 UNC on November 11.