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The NC State/UNC game doesn’t need the media to drum up the hype at all this year. Not only is this a rivalry, it’s a matchup with postseason implications.

The Wolfpack is 7-4 and a win would put them into consideration for a decent bowl, but I’m guessing that won’t be their biggest motivator. That likely would be reserved for playing spoiler on UNC’s chance for a spot in the CFB playoffs.

UNC is already going to be playing in the ACC championship after winning the Coastal division, but you shouldn’t believe that they are going to be mailing this one in. They want redemption for the 35-7 beatdown they received from NC State last season and they would love to rub it in the faces of the Pack fans on their home field.

NC State obviously has other plans. Beating UNC to finish out the season would build some much needed momentum going into bowl season and the offseason. To get this win there are going to be some keys they’ll have to focus on:

Dominate the run game:
Last year against UNC the Pack ran for 388 yards, 167 of those were from Jacoby Brissett. Carolina is likely going to make sure Brissett doesn’t go bonkers on the ground, but can they stop the NC State ground game in general? Although they don’t have Dayes or Thornton, they did get back on track last week rushing for 276 yds (led by Gallaspy with 81yds and a TD). If they want to win they’ll need to control the clock and that means Gallaspy and Nichols are going to have to come up big.

Pressure the QB:
UNC is riding a 10 game winning streak and Marquise Williams is playing well with Mack Hollins coming alive as a true deep threat. The key for the Pack is to get pressure on Williams and make him make quick decisions. If they can’t get into the backfield to fluster Williams then UNC will have a major advantage.

Turn them over:
This really is a extension of our last point. They need to make sure Williams doesn’t have time in the pocket and that he has to make quick reads because they desperately need to win the turnover battle in this one. A pick and a fumble recovery or two could be huge in helping State to a major upset.

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PACK REWIND: Check out NC State’s Hype Highlight Reel from Their Victory Over UNC

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Want to relive the Wolfpack’s victory over UNC from this past week? Look no further. Check out NC State’s PACK REWIND hype reel.

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NC State Football Players Can Earn a Minimum of $25k Through Pack of Wolves NIL Collective in 2023

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On Monday, news broke that the Pack of Wolves NIL Collective is guaranteeing that NC State scholarship Football players will have the opportunity to make a minimum of $25k in 2023.

Pack of Wolves NIL Collective today announced a strategic move to ensure that N.C. State football studentathletes can remain competitive in the NIL landscape. The program, called Leading the Pack, creates opportunities for these studentathletes to engage in NIL activities in the community this next calendar year, where they could earn a minimum of $25,000 based upon an individual analysis of the NIL value that each studentathlete brings.

We sought to create an enhanced NIL organization with a high standard of trust and accountability that honors N.C. State’s excellence, said Charlie Stallings, chairman of the board for Pack of Wolves collective. We have worked hard to pair businesses, brands, and local charities with N.C. State football studentathletes. This behindthescenes work has brought us to the point where we can make this significant commitment today. Football studentathletes will go out into the community monthly with the opportunity to earn $25,000 or more annually. These engagements can be charitable appearances working with youth in the community, partnering with the businesses or brands who have contributedand more.

We are excited about the continued expansion of Name, Image, and Likeness opportunities available to N.C. State studentathletes, said Dave Doeren, N.C. State football coach. We are particularly proud that they can use their platform to impact the greater North Carolina community and its philanthropic organizations.

Several local charities have already signed on to participate, including Gigi’s Playhouse of Raleigh, N.C., the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County, Dress for Success Triangle N.C., The Harrelson Center of Wilmington, N.C., SAFEchild, and the Food Bank of Central &  Eastern North Carolina. (Link)

The ‘Leading the Pack’ program is similar to one at Texas Tech, where 100 team members were guaranteed $25k annually.

It is timely for this announcement to come out when it did, because on December 5th, the Transfer Portal officially opens.

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NC State Ranked 25th in Week 14 College Football Playoff Top-25 Rankings

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After defeating rival UNC 30-27 in double-overtime last Friday, NC State is back in the College Football Playoff Top-25 Rankings that were just released, landing at #25.

Week 14 CFP Top 25

1 UGA
2 Michigan
3 TCU
4 USC

5 Ohio St
6 Alabama
7 Tennessee
8 Penn St
9 Clemson
10 Kansas St
11 Utah
12 Washington
13 Florida St
14 LSU
15 Oregon St
16 Oregon
17 UCLA
18 Tulane
19 S Carolina
20 Texas
21 ND
22 UCF
23 UNC
24 Miss State
25 NC State

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NC State Place Kicker Chris Dunn is a Finalist for the Lou Groza Award

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NC State Place Kicker Chris Dunn is a Finalist for the Lou Groza Award, given out annually to the best place kicker in college football. The other two finalists are Joshua Karty of Stanford (first place kicker to not miss a field goal (18-18) in a season since 2013) and Jake Moody of Michigan (reigning Lou Groza Award winner).

Dunn, a graduate student from Lexington, North Carolina, capped a record-setting career with his finest single season, going 24-for-25 on field goals. Both the total field goals and the 96.0% rate rank second in FBS this season, while his accuracy was the best by kickers with at least 20 attempts. 17 of those kicks came from at least 30 yards out, also the second-most in the country. Already the NC State program leader in both field goals and scoring, this season he set the ACC career records in those categories. (LouGroza)

If Dunn were to win, he would become the 2nd player in NC State history to win the Lou Groza Award, joining Marc Primanti, who won it in 1996.

Earlier this week, Dunn was named 1st Team All-ACC.

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