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  • Tobacco Road refers to the tobacco-producing area of North Carolina and is often used when referring to sports played among rival ACC North Carolina universities. The phrase actually originated as the title of a novel set in Georgia, but it naturally migrated to North Carolina because of the state's primacy in tobacco production. Three of the schools are part of Research Triangle and are separated by no more than 25 miles and Wake Forest lies about 100 miles west of the other three. It was formerly much closer to the other three, having originally been located in the town of Wake Forest, North Carolina until 1956. All four are no more than 6 miles from Interstate 40; the road has been called "Tobacco Road" in national sports media. The proximity of these schools to one another and the membership of each school in the Atlantic Coast Conference have created a natural rivalry among students, fans, & alumni. North Carolina State University's Red and White Song mentions each of the four universities in its lyrics.