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How NC State Landed in the Sun Bowl & What’s at Stake

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On December 29th, NC State will play Arizona St. in the 84th Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

NC State was hoping to land a bowl game destination that would be easy for their fan base to travel to.

Not one 1,822.7 miles away.

Not a 27 hour drive.

Not 1 day and 22 hours on a train.

Not 164 hours by bike.

Not 597 hours walking.

Something like the TaxSlayer Bowl, formerly known as the Gator Bowl, in Jacksonville, Florida, but they decided to go with unranked Louisville. The Louisville team NC State beat, and finished 2 games ahead of in the ACC Atlantic. I’m sure they signed Louisville because they simply wanted to sign the Lamar Jackson show.

Or something like the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina, but they went with unranked Wake Forest, who NC State also finished 2 games ahead of in the Atlantic. Maybe they passed over NC State because the Wolfpack already played there in their season opener this year.

No one was pulling for the PinStripe Bowl, but it’s roughly 20 hours less of a drive than the Sun Bowl. But unranked Boston College got the spot, who NC State beat, and finished two games ahead of in the Atlantic. I know that Boston is in New England, I get it.

NC State Athletic Director Debbie Yow took to Twitter to let the Wolfpack fans know that she emphasizes with them.

As Yow concludes, despite the bowl placement, it’s time to prepare for Arizona St.

NC State has a chance to become the 11th team in school history to win 9 games, which hasn’t been done since 2003. This is the 125th year of NC State football, to help put that in perspective. If they win 9 games, they will do what 91.2% of the NC State teams through out history haven’t been able to do.

They could have picked up that 9th win in a variety of other places, but El Paso will be where NC State attempts do something that hasn’t happened very often here in Raleigh.

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NC State’s Depth Chart vs. Syracuse (with notes)

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NC State released their Depth Chart for their matchup against Syracuse at Dave Doeren’s weekly press conference at Noon. While it is identical to last weeks, there are a few notes below.

Notes

There were quite a few injuries that occurred in the Wolfpack’s loss to Clemson. Doeren had no update on the status of any of these players specifically, as he will be meeting with the trainer at 3:30 today. The only thing he had to offer was each player was doing “better.”

  • Starting Left Guard Terronne Prescod looked like he injured his back in the contest, and only played 41 snaps. A back injury kept him out of the Marshall game.
  • Starting Wide Receiver Stephen Louis left the game with what was thought to possibly be a broken leg, but word is that it might not be worst case scenario.
  • Running Back Ricky Person played well against the Tigers, but left the contest, and was on the sidelines on crutches. It looked like he re-injured his hamstring.
  • Wide Receiver CJ Riley also came up slowly in the contest.

We will have to wait until Thursday to talk to Doeren to see if there are any updates on the status of these 4 players.

 

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NC State Opens as a 1-Point Underdog Against Syracuse

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Even prior to NC State’s loss to Clemson, the Wolfpack’s upcoming matchup against Syracuse this Saturday at 7pm on ESPN2 was projected to be a tossup. With the 41-7 loss in the back of Vegas’ mind, the Wolfpack opens as a 1-point underdog against the Orangemen.

  • North Carolina State is 7-1 Straight Up in its last 8 games
  • North Carolina State is 2-3-1 Against The Spread in its last 6 games on the road
  • North Carolina State is 8-3 Straight Up in its last 11 games on the road
  • North Carolina State is 6-1 Straight Up in its last 7 games when playing Syracuse (OddShark)

NC State has won their last 4 matchups against Syracuse, and is 2-2 against the spread in those games. The last time the Wolfpack was the underdog against the Orangemen was in 2014, and they turned that into a 7-point victory.

NC State vs. Syracuse Recent History Against The Spread

2017: NC State – 14-point favorite – 33-25
2016: NC State – 7-point favorite – 35-20
2015: NC State – 19.5-point favorite – 42-29
2014: NC State – 2.5 point underdog – 24-17

According to ESPN’s FPI projections, NC State is expected to win the rest of their games after Syracuse.

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NC State vs. Syracuse Set for Primetime at 7pm

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NC State will continue their play on the road next Saturday night against Syracuse, and it will also be their 1st primetime game of the season on national television, at 7pm on ESPN2.

The last time NC State played in the 7pm slot was on the road against Marshall in Week 4, and the Wolfpack took down the Thundering Herd 37-20.

NC State was 2-1 after 6pm last year.

Marshall – 6pm – 37-20
Louisville – 8pm – 39-25
Wake Forest – 7:30pm – 24-30

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NC State Also Falls to #22 in the AP Poll After Clemson Loss

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NC State lost to Clemson 41-7 yesterday in Week 8, and fell to 6 spots to #22 in the AP Poll.

The Wolfpack finished the 2017 season ranked 23rd in the AP Poll after going 9-4, and began the 2018 season ranked 32nd in the Preseason Poll.

Week 6: 23rd
Week 7: 20th
Week 8: 16th
Week 9: 22nd

ACC Teams in the Top-25
2) Clemson (+1)
22) NC State (-5)

Other ACC Teams Receiving Votes
30) Miami (+2)
31) Virginia (+8)
38) Boston College

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