Author: Ben Swain

Ben Swain

Hoping to cut his journalistic teeth on the Iraq war, Swain was instead mistakenly assigned the North Carolina sports beat as an intern out of college. He threw himself into the work with the same fervor he anticipated taking to the front lines and has become one of the most respected voices in modern sports media. He’s also a Duke fan from Durham County who went State. And Guilford.
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Bowl Projections: Week 4

Significant movement in the bowl projections this week as Virginia and NC State had big wins. Florida State did not, and they still have Miami, Clemson, Louisville and Florida on the schedule. Oh, and they play undefeated powerhouses Wake and Duke as well. College Football Playoff: Clemson Tigers Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies Camping World Bowl: NC State… Read more »

Staff Picks: Week 4 of College Football

WEEK 4 GAMES NC State @ FSU Wake Forest @ App State Duke @ UNC Georgia State @ Charlotte ECU @ UConn Saints @ Panthers Hayes Permar (17-5) FSU Wake UNC Georgia State UConn Panthers Ben Swain (19-3) NC State Wake Duke Georgia State UConn Panthers Weather Moose (19-3) NC State App State Duke Georgia… Read more »

ACC Football Week 4 Game Capsules

Virginia (2-1) at boise state (2-1) Boise State is one of those teams that you always think is good because of that one game you kind of remember from that one time you saw them play. Fortunately for them, Virginia is a team that we see all the time and we know they’re bad. Prediction:… Read more »

The best Duke – North Carolina rivalry story ever


8 miles apart. Two of the most storied programs. Dean Smith. Vic Bubas. Roy Williams. Mike Krzyzewski. Countless combined championships. And none of it can touch this story about the 1930 Duke/North Carolina football game. Duke brought its 8-1-1 record into Chapel Hill to take on Southern Conference rival North Carolina to wrap up the… Read more »

Duke football attendance resurfaces as a hot topic

Duke is winning again which means it’s time to dust off the “why aren’t fans supporting this team” Duke football attendance discussion. With all respect to bloggers and professionals alike, no one is coming close to hitting the mark with their answer. It’s time to bust some myths. 1st half shots from Baylor-Duke in Durham…. Read more »

How to act at work: Week 3

duke fans “To everyone who said we’d be 1-2 heading into the Carolina game …” Redhead ECU alum trying to sneak into the group without being noticed: “To my Blue Devils!” State fans *checks schedule* “So if we beat FSU and FSU beats Clemson then it’s at worst a three-way tie-breaker even if we lose… Read more »

ACC Football game capsules: Week 3

Pitt (1-1) vs. oklahoma state (2-0) Here’s the thing, Pitt. If you’re going to schedule these Power 5 non-conference games, you need to win. Sure, it was nice keeping it somewhat close against Penn State last weekend, but moral victories don’t go very far in rivalry games. It’s going to get you even less against… Read more »

Staff Picks: Week 3 of College Football

WEEK 3 GAMES Furman @ NC State Baylor @ Duke Utah State @ Wake Forest Virginia Tech @ ECU UNC @ Old Dominion NC A&T @ Charlotte App State @ Texas State Hayes Permar (10-5) NC State Duke Wake Forest Virginia Tech UNC NC A&T App State Ben Swain (12-3) NC State Duke Wake Forest… Read more »