A change to an inexperienced quarterback is often a red flag, particularly at a program like Duke that continues to make season-to-season progress and relied heavily on veteran quarterbacks like Sean Renfree and Anthony Boone. For Duke this season, the transition may actually help more than it hurts.
For NC State, the bar is set at nine wins, at a minimum, with third place in the Atlantic Division eminently attainable. Ten wins and a solid, attractive bowl game are within reach – and with an upset or two and some help elsewhere, perhaps even a very slim shot at the division title.
Wide receiver Quinshad Davis in many ways embodies the unknowns surrounding North Carolina this season. Davis, like the Tar Heels collectively, is unquestionably talented. But will he be as productive as he is undoubtedly capable of being? Will they?