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Race for Kings of Carolina begins this weekend

Let the race begin.

One of the more fun and more popular subplots to the ACC race is always which team from Tobacco Road will win the unofficial "state championship" ... or if Virginia Tech will win it.

This side competition got more interesting during the Butch Davis-Tom O'Brien era, but the Hokies have made their case for owning the territory. As Virginia Tech prepares to face East Carolina on the road in Greenville, N.C., this weekend, remember this: The Hokies have won their previous six games in the state, and are 14-1 there since 2000. The lone loss during that span? To ECU in 2008. Go figure.

Overall, under coach Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech is 17-4 in games played in the state of North Carolina. Can they keep it up in 2011? Wake Forest also hosts NC State this weekend in a game that will affect the Atlantic Division standings. Feel free to start keeping score this weekend.

Here's a breakdown of the Carolina-based matchups this year:

VIRGINIA TECH

at East Carolina, Sept. 10

at Wake Forest, Oct. 15

at Duke, Oct. 29

North Carolina, Nov. 17

NC STATE

at Wake Forest, Sept. 10

UNC, Nov. 5

WAKE FOREST

NC State, Sept. 10

Gardner-Webb, Sept. 17

at Duke, Oct. 22

at North Carolina, Oct. 29

DUKE

Wake Forest, Oct. 22

at North Carolina, Nov. 26

NORTH CAROLINA

at East Carolina, Oct. 1

Wake Forest, Oct. 29

at NC State, Nov. 5

Duke, Nov. 26

Cast your vote now: Which team wins this year's unofficial state championship in the state of North Carolina?