NC State and Louisville have faced each other a grand total of five times, the first matchup coming in 1951 as the Wolfpack lost by the score of 26-2. The two teams met once again in 1993, but again NC State lost at Louisville 35-14. The lone meeting in Carter-Finley came in 2007, but NC State still could not find a W as the Cards beat the Pack 29-10. NC State finally picked up a win versus the Cards in 2011 as the two schools played in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina. NC State capped a strong season in 2011 winning 31-24. Last season was the first matchup as conference foes, and even though NC State lost the game, Coach Doeren has talked about how the game was a turning point in the season. The Pack battled back to bring it within a one possession game in the final 3 minutes, giving them confidence to finish the season strongly.
NC State vs. Louisville: Cards lead series 4-1
- 1951 Cards defeat Pack 26-2
- 1993 Cards defeat Pack 35-14
- 2007 Cards defeat Pack 29-10
- 2011 Pack defeat Cards 31-24
- 2014 Cards defeat Pack 30-18
Last time State won:
Mike Glennon was the Wolfpack signal caller and he faced Teddy Bridgewater. Both QB’s have since started in the NFL. The Wolfpack played a great game defensively, forcing 3 interceptions. David Amerson was outstanding, snagging two interceptions and a touchdown for good measure.
Offensively Mike Glennon was steady, completing 21 of 33 for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns. His number one target on the night was speedy TJ Graham who hauled in 7 balls for 116 yards and two scores. The Cards Teddy Bridgewater had a rough night, throwing three interceptions, and he only competed 55% of his passes. All in all it was a great win for the Pack.
Last time they played 2014:
The Wolfpack scored on a 21-yard strike from Jacoby Brissett to David Grinnage to pull within 5 with 2:21 remaining. The whole game Michael Dyer got whatever he wanted and sealed the game for the Cards when he broke lose and scored on a 46-yard run with 44 seconds left in the contest. Brissett was instrumental in bringing the Wolfpack back, throwing for 2 touchdowns and rushing for 40 yards; however, it wasn’t enough.
The turning point in the game came when the Cardinals QB fumbled the ball late in the third quarter and was returned by NC State Linebacker Airius Moore 72 yards for a touchdown, but replay overturned the play. If the play stood, NC State would have been in the lead 17-15.
The deficit was too much to over come, as State could not slow Dyer down in the fourth quarter and failed to recover an on-side kick.
NC State will look to win their first ACC game of the season when the Cards travel to Raleigh for Saturday’s game. The weather could be a factor as rain showers are in the forecast. If it is a sloppy game it should favor the ground heavy Pack. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 at Carter Finley. If you can’t make it to the game you can catch all the action on the ACC Network.
NC State Locks In an Official Visit with Notre Dame Transfer Center Zeke Correll
NC State is in need of a starting Center (I did confirm with NC State Center Dylan McMahon himself that he is heading to the NFL), and the Wolfpack coaching staff has prioritized Notre Dame Transfer Zeke Correll (6’3″/306). I confirmed with a source that Correll will be on an Official Visit to NC State next weekend.
Correll is a Graduate Transfer, with one year of eligibility remaining. He is a multi-year starter for the Irish, starting in 30 of the 41 games he played in. Out of high school, he was a consensus 4-star prospect, with 247Sports ranking him as the #81 overall player nationally in the 2019 recruiting class.
247Sports ranks Correll as the #3 overall Interior Offensive Lineman in the Portal, and ON3 ranks him 6th. Correll’s strength lies in pass protection, recording a grade of 78.0 according to ProFootballFocus, which was 2nd on the team. His run blocking grade on the other hand was 57.5.
Adding a multi-year starter from the Notre Dame Offensive Line would be a win.
It Looks Like NC State Center Dylan McMahon Will Not be Returning in ‘24
NC State redshirt Junior Center Dylan McMahon was honored on Senior night, but walking on Senior Night doesn’t guarantee that the player won’t return for another season if they are eligible. It has been unknown at this point if McMahon would return for a final season in Raleigh, or enter the 2024 NFL Draft.
It looks like McMahon will be heading to the NFL, after accepting the invitation to play in the 2024 East-West Shrine Bowl.
McMahon is a 4-year starter at NC State, starting in 43 of the 48 games he has played in. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranks McMahon as the #9 Center in the 2024 NFL Draft.
McMahon was a 3-star prospect in NC State’s 2019 recruiting class out of Savannah, Georgia.
Breaking Down NC State’s Assistant Coach Salaries
USAToday runs a report every year on the salaries of Head Football Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Strength Coaches. Here’s a look at the salaries of NC State’s Assistant Coaching staff.
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Tony Gibson – $1.3 million
Offensive Coordinator/Inside Wide Receivers/Tight Ends – Robert Anae – $899,000
Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator – $548,473
Offensive Line – Garrett Tujague – $520,000
Defensive Line Charley Wiles – $490,023
Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers – $482,966
Safeties – Joe Deforest – $430,459
Quarterbacks – Kurt Roper – $430,459
Cornerbacks – Brian Mitchell – $417,205
Nickels – Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay – $330,644
NC State ranks 4th in the ACC in total pay of Assistant Coaches. Tony Gibson is the 2nd highest paid assistant Coach in the ACC (28th overall), and the highest paid Defensive Coordinator. Robert Anae is the 4th highest paid Offensive Coordinator in the ACC, and the 7th highest paid Assistant.
With 9 wins, in accordance with Head Coach Dave Doeren’s contract, the salary pool for Assistant Coaches increases by $300,000. If the Pack wins a 10th game, that number becomes $400,000. (WRAL)
NC State Wants Pop Tarts
NC State wants Pop Tarts. Who doesn’t?
According to Brad Crawford of 247Sports, NC State has requested the Pop Tarts Bowl, which will be played on December 28th in Orlando, Florida.
You might be like, I’ve never heard of the Pop-Tarts bowl. That’s because this is the first rendition of the Pop Tarts Bowl, but it used to go by other names you might be familiar with: Cheez-It, Camping World, Russell Athletic, Champs Sports, Tangerine, Micron PC, Carquest, and Blockbuster (the last three were when the bowl was in Miami).
Below is an updated list of 15 bowl projections, with 12 of the 15 picking NC State to go to the Pop-Tarts Bowl.
(The three above the line have changed their projections since my last bowl projections post on 11/28.)
The Athletic – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
CBS Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl vs. Oklahoma State – January 1st – Tampa, FLA
College Football News – Pop Tarts Bowl vs. Kansas State – December 29th – Jacksonville, FLA
OddShark – Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl – NC State vs. Rutgers – December 28th – New York City, New York
Covers.com – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
USA Today – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
247Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Athlon – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
ESPN – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
ESPN – Gator Bowl – NC State vs. Tennessee – December 29th – Jacksonville, FLA
Sporting News – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Fox Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Action Network – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
College Football Network – Sun Bowl – NC State vs. USC – December 29th, El Paso, TX
Betting Pros – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA