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Gameday: State Looks For Identity vs BC

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NC State @ Boston College
12:30pm | TV: RSN

Dave Doeren and his Wolfpack will look to get back on track today when they travel to Boston College and take on the Eagles.

This obviously isn’t going to be an easy win for State. We’re talking about a Wolfpack team that still has no true identity and still isn’t sure who their starting quarterback is. They’ll be taking on a very hungry Boston College team who is one win away from bowl eligibility and plays a very physical, very smashmouth style of football.

What we can surely expect is that the Eagles are going to run the football a lot. There’s not much trickery or misdirection going on with this team. They’re lining up in run formations and running the football up the gut. That’s pretty much what they’ve done to this point and it’s worked pretty well under first year coach Steve Addazio. Now, it doesn’t hurt that they have the league’s leading rusher, Andre Williams, who is an absolute physical specimen who relishes contact and loves hard nosed football.

State needs to be ready to lace’em up and and get tough. They’re going to need to play more physical than we’ve seen them play all year if they want this win. They’re going to also need to play through fatigue. BC can wear you down. With their commitment to the ground game they really eat up a lot of clock and keep you defense on the field. State can help themselves by prolonging some drives and making plays on offense, but it really hasn’t been a strong suit of theirs this season.

State is still looking for their first conference win and there’s no better time to start than today.

 

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WATCH: PackInsider’s Kevin Concepcion Freshman Highlight Reel

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Kevin Concepcion had one of the best seasons by a Freshman in the history of the NC State football program. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors. Concepcion finished his first collegiate season with 71 receptions for 839 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed the ball for 320 yards, averaging 7.8 yards per carry. Concepcion broke NC State’s Freshman records for receptions and touchdown receptions.

Check out PackInsider’s Highlight Reel of Kevin Concepcion’s Freshman season ABOVE.

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Vegas is Higher on NC State Heading Into 2024 Than They Were Heading Into Last Year

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The bookmakers in Las Vegas have released their odds for total regular season wins for the 2024 College Football season, and NC State is sitting at 8.5. For perspective, entering the 2023 season, the number was 6.5, and the Wolfpack went on to win 9.

Here’s a look at Vegas’ opinion of the rest of the ACC heading into 2024:

FSU – 9.5
Clemson – 9.5
Miami – 9.5
NC State – 8.5
Louisville – 8.5
UNC – 8.5
SMU – 7.5
Virginia Tech – 7.5
Duke – 6.5
California – 6.5
Syracuse – 6.5
Pitt – 5.5
Georgia Tech – 5.5
Boston College – 4.5
Virginia – 4.5
Wake Forest – 4.5
Stanford – 3.5

(FanDuel)

What are your thoughts? Are you taking the Over or the Under on NC State? Or what are your thoughts on any of the other teams?

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ESPN Includes NC State in Their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25

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ESPN recently released their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25, and they ranked NC State 18th.

1. Georgia
2. Ohio State
3. Oregon
4. Texas
5. Notre Dame
6. Ole Miss
7. Mizzou
8. Penn State
9. Alabama
10. Utah
11. Arizona
12. LSU
13. Michigan
14. Oklahoma
15. Florida State
16. Tennessee
17. Oklahoma State
18. NC State
19. Clemson
20. Kansas State
21. Louisville
22. Kansas
23. Kentucky
24. Miami
25. Texas A&M

ACC Teams in the Way-Too-Early Top-25

15. FSU
18. NC State
19. Clemson
21. Louisville
24. Miami

Here’s what they had to say about the Wolfpack:

18. NC State Wolfpack

Previous ranking: 20

2023 record: 9-4, 6-2 ACC

Winter update: The Wolfpack should be much more explosive on offense after adding former Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall and some nice playmakers around him. McCall passed for more than 10,000 yards with 106 total touchdowns with the Chanticleers. The Wolfpack also added Jordan Waters, who was Duke’s leading rusher with 819 yards and 12 scores in 2023. Eight new receivers are coming in, including Noah Rogers (Ohio State) and Wesley Grimes (Wake Forest). Tight end Justin Joly was very productive at UConn. Safety Donovan Kaufman (Auburn) and cornerbacks Tamarcus Cooley (Maryland) and Devon Marshall (Villanova) might help fill some holes in the secondary. (ESPN)

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247Sports Includes NC State in Their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Top-25

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247Sports has released their updated 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Top-25, after signing day and coaching changes, and they included NC State at #21.

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ACC Teams in the Way-Too-Early Top-25

12. Miami

15. Clemson

18. FSU

20. Louisville

21. NC State

23. Virginia Tech

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