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NC State #24 in Sports Illustrated’s 2018 Preseason Top-25

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Sports Illustrated just revealed their 2018 college football preseason Top-25, and NC State is sitting at #24.

1) Clemson
2) Alabama
3) Wisconsin
4) Washington
5) Oklahoma
6) Georgia
7) Penn St.
8) Auburn
9) Ohio St.
10) West Virginia
11) Michigan St.
12) Stanford
13) Miami
14) TCU
15) Michigan
16) Notre Dame
17) UCF
18) Florida St.
19) Arizona
20) Houston
21) Mississippi St.
22) Texas
23) LSU
24) NC State
25) Florida Atlantic

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

Last year: 9–4 (6–2 ACC); Beat Arizona State in Sun Bowl

SI Top 100 players: None

X-Factor: NC State lost all four of its starting defensive linemen to the NFL draft, so head coach Dave Doeren had some rebuilding to do up front. Enter senior end Darian Roseboro, who is set to lead a unit that will have to hold its own for the Wolfpack to be a threat in the ACC Atlantic. Over the course of his three-year career, Roseboro has logged 76 tackles and 13.5 sacks playing in the shadow of several future pros. The question now is whether he can produce at that clip with increased reps and set the tone for a defense that is replacing eight starters from a year ago. — Joan Niesen (SI)

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VIDEO: Dave Doeren’s Press Conference Before Syracuse

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NC State head coach Dave Doeren held his weekly press conference at Noon today. Here’s the full video:









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NC State vs. FSU Kickoff Set for 3:30pm

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NC State’s homecoming matchup versus Florida State November 3rd has given a kickoff time of 3:30pm on either ESPN2 or ABC. It looks like Noon kickoffs are a thing of the past:)

The last time the Wolfpack played in the 3:30 time slot, they beat their arch-nemesis UNC last season 33-21. Last year, NC State was 1-2 in 3:30 games:

Notre Dame – 14-35
Clemson – 31-38
UNC – 33-21

NC State has really struggled in their homecoming games as of late, winning their last one back in 2011 against the 8th ranked Clemson Tigers.

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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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