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WSSU named top football program in N.C.

The Rams are looking to win their third straight CIAA title. 

Winston-Salem State University's (WSSU) football team is the best in North Carolina, according to a ranking released from the website Hero Sports.

The Rams, projected to win a third straight CIAA title this season, are no. 1 among the state's 31 college football teams, according to the report.

"When you get down to it, Winston-Salem State was the clear choice," Hero Sports says. "They have the most wins and the fewest losses of any team in the state over the past five years at 47-13."

Over the past five years, WSSU has won three CIAA championships and made three appearances in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

"This honor comes as a result of hard work, perseverance and commitment to excellence", says Tonia Walker, Athletic Director. "It's one that is earned and not taken for granted, and translates into a message  for our student-athletes that  they are rewarded for their sacrifice. We are elated to have been selected and will use it as motivation to fuel our trajectory into the season", Walker adds. "It's an honorable designation which ultimately yields greater exposure for Winston-Salem State University and our conference, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)", says Walker.

"This is a huge honor for our program to receive this recognition for our work on the football field," says Kienus Boulware, WSSU's head football coach. "This speaks to a lot of what we strive to do on and off the field and this continues the hard work of my staff.  WSSU strives for success and adamant on graduating champions.  There is a lot of good football played in our state and to be recognized as one of the best is outstanding."

WSSU is the only CIAA school or HBCU to make the list.

WSSU opens play on Aug. 31 at Grace P. Johnson Stadium, facing the Braves of UNC Pembroke. Season and individual tickets are now available at

This is the second year Hero Sports has ranked teams by state. Last year's list was viewed nearly 10 million times, according to Hero Sports. WSSU displaces Appalachian State, which was no. 1 for the inaugural list.

Points were calculated for every NCAA football team based on their winning percentage, conference championships, playoff appearances, coach of the year awards, player of the year awards and national championships over the past five seasons.

North Carolina is second only to New York for the largest number of college football programs.

View the full list on Hero Sports. 

The U.S. football map has a splash of Ram red. 

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