The unofficial state championship of North Carolina has become a fun competition to watch since Butch Davis and Tom O'Brien both moved in on Tobacco Road. With plenty of in-state matchups, it seems like bragging rights are at stake almost every weekend.
What if, though, this year's unofficial state champ hails from ... Blacksburg, Va.?
Great question from Clyde in Castlewood, Va.
As Clyde pointed out in my mailbag, the Hokies do play North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, NC State and East Carolina. No other team in the conference plays as many opponents from the state of North Carolina as Virginia Tech. And only two of those games -- NC State and North Carolina -- are road trips.
Here's how the other Carolina team schedules look:
DUKE: vs. Elon, at Wake Forest, North Carolina
WAKE FOREST: Duke, at NC State
NORTH CAROLINA: East Carolina, NC State, at Duke
NC STATE: Western Carolina, at East Carolina, Wake Forest, at North Carolina
So, who's got the best chance to rule the state this year?
UNC. The Tar Heels get the toughest competition at home -- including Virginia Tech. If the Hokies win that one, though, there's a great chance they'll finish 5-0 against the state of North Carolina and finish the season as the Kings of Carolina. Who says the state champ has to hail from in-state?