Well, we have made it folks. We have made it! College football is finally here and it is undisputably my favorite part of fall. There is nothing better, than the passion, the rivalries, and the gameday outfits. Turning on College GameDay on a Saturday morning (when it’s an away game of course because you better believe I’m at every home game). The band, cheerleaders, and dance team are just some of what makes college football the best sport in my opinion.
But how are the major North Carolina college football teams expected to perform this year?
ESPN compiled a list of all 133 FBS teams and ranked them in different tiers ahead of the season. But these aren’t your typical 1-133 rankings. Because honestly, those preseasons mean nothing. It’s the end of the season when I want my team to be ranked. So instead these range from tier 1 (yes, them again) to tier 20 (told you it could be worse). Other interesting tiers include “kinda, sorta, maybe” and “so hot right now”.
There are 7 major North Carolina college football teams. Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, and UNC are all in the ACC. Some with high expectations and others with basically zero expectations. Appalachian State is in the Sun Belt and East Carolina and Charlotte are both in the American Conference. There are some returning coaches and superstar players with high expectations amongst these teams. There are also teams with new coaches or who are starting over at key positions with a lot of unknowns.
So take a look at each of these major North Carolina college football teams and what ESPN thinks about their upcoming season. Each team is listed in alphabetical order (to take out my admitted bias). You can read the full tiers list of every Division 1 team via ESPN here.