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NC State Ranks 23rd in PFF’s Week 2 Power Rankings

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ProFootballFocus ranks NC State 23rd in their Week 2 ELO Power Rankings. The Wolfpack entered the season ranked 19th, and fell to 21st after Week 1.

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

Here’s PFF’s explanation of how they calculate their Power Rankings. As usual, it’s pretty fascinating.

Like all ELO systems (including our version for the NFL), PFF ELO is an iterative system that updates each team’s rating after each game based on two things: how well they played against their opponent and how well they were expected to play against their opponent. The PFF ELO rating system measures the former using our unique offensive, defensive and special teams grades, while the latter is determined by the PFF ELO ratings leading up to the game and where the game is played.

For example, a heavy favorite playing at home is expected to outplay the visitor, so a victory would result in only a small rise in their PFF ELO rating and a similarly-small decrease in the defeated team’s, but if an upset were to happen, the visiting team would see their PFF ELO rating rise substantially, and the home team’s see a similarly-sized drop.

Sometimes in football, the best team does not win, and PFF ELO accounts for these oddities by using our grades. Hence there will be teams rated higher or lower in this system than their win-loss record would suggest. Since PFF began charting college football in 2014, the difference in PFF ELO values alone has been able to explain over three-fourths of the variance in the closing Vegas line. (PFF)

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NC State vs. UVA Kickoff Set for 12:20

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NC State’s home game vs. Virginia on September 29th will kickoff at 12:20pm on Raycom.

I know that the Noon(ish) game is dreaded by many, and it can lead to scorchers (see James Madison and Georgia State), but the Wolfpack has won their last 8 games before 1pm.

2018

9/1/18 – Noon – James Madison (H) – 24-13
9/8/18 – 12:30 – Georgia State (H) – 41-7

2017

9/16/17 – 12:20 – Furman (H)- 49-16
9/23/17 – Noon – #11 FSU (A) – 27-21
9/30/17 – 12:20 – Syracuse (H) – 33-25
10/14/17 – Noon – Pitt (A) – 35-17
11/11/17 – Noon – Boston College (A) – 17-14

2016

11/25/17 – Noon – UNC (A) – 28-21

The last time NC State played UVA was back in 2012 in Raleigh with a 12:30 kickoff. Unfortunately, the Cavaliers defeated the Wolfpack 6-33 on Homecoming.

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NC State’s Marshall Connections

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NC State enters Saturday’s game with a few close ties to the Marshall football program.

Doc Holliday

The Thundering Herd’s head coach Doc Holliday was the Wide Receiver’s Coach at NC State from 2000-04. He also served as the Associate Head Coach. Holliday groomed Koren Robinson and Jerricho Cotchery, who ended up being two of the Top-5 receivers in school history. Doc’s receivers and Philip Rivers set the single single season for Total Yards and Passing Yards in a single season in 2003. He was obviously a part of the 2002 team that won 11 games, which is also the highest mark in school history.

Holliday has been the head coach at Marshall since 2010. He has led the Thundering Herd to 5 bowl games in 8 seasons, that resulted in 5 bowl victories. In 2013, Holliday led Marshall to a 10-4 record, and to a Conference USA Conference Championship game, but The Herd lost to Rice 24-41.

The very next year, Holliday and his Marshall squad go their revenge, defeating Louisiana Tech 26-23, to claim their first ever Conference USA Championship. The Herd finished the 2014 season with a record of 13-1, which landed them at #22 on the Final Coaches Poll.

In 2015, Marshall won 10+ wins (10-3) for the third straight season under Holliday.

Last year Holliday was able to help The Herd bounce back from a down year in 2016 (3-9), finishing with an 8-5 record, and a bowl victory over Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl.

George Barlow

NC State Cornerbacks coach George Barlow played his collegiate football career at Marshall (1986-90), and even earned all-conference honors as a Safety. He still holds the record for most interceptions in a single game, taking three balls away from East Tennessee State in 1989. Barlow was a part of the Marshall team in 1987 that went to the IAA National Championship game, losing to Louisiana Monroe by one point.

After graduation, Barlow became a graduate assistant within the football program, but after one season, he became the Linebackers Coach at Marshall. He served in this role for two seasons before heading off to a slew of different positions at different schools, before landing at NC State.

Barlow was once a coach of two of NC State’s 1st three opponents in 2018, also serving as an assistant coach at James Madison from 1999-2008.

 

 

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RELEASE: Wolfpack to Participate in Florence Relief and Recovery Efforts

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RALEIGH, N.C. – In response to the devastating flooding, damage and loss suffered by the state of North Carolina, our communities and citizens following Hurricane Florence, NC State Athletics is joining the University’s overall efforts to aid in relief and recovery in a variety of ways.

On Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Wolfpack’s Parents and Families Day football game vs. Virginia, items of need will be collected at the entrance gates to Carter-Finley Stadium and at the Lowes Foods Fan Zone in front of PNC Arena. More details on the most needed items will be released prior to the game.

This year’s Primetime with the Pack basketball event will be a ticketed event with all after-tax ticket proceeds going to disaster relief. More details about this event will be released in the coming days.

NC State Athletics is also involved in a number of other relief efforts:


  • Donation of new adidas merchandise to those in need, in partnership with adidas.
  • Carter-Finley Stadium has been used as a staging area for Duke Energy and The Finley Fieldhouse was used by power crews to shower and rest between shifts.
  • GoTriangle is partnering with WRAL and the United Way to stage a Storm Relief Bus in the parking lot of the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off on Thursday, between 7 am and 6 pm.
  • NC State’s athletic facilities are being made available to regional universities and schools for teams displaced or impacted by the hurricane.


Fans who would like to make financial contributions may give directly to NC State University’s Student Emergency Fund, which was established to address the needs of current NC State students, or to the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund.
Fans can also volunteer for relief and recovery efforts at the State of North Carolina’s volunteer website.

Please check GoPack.com and @PackAthletics on Twitter for updates on all relief efforts supported by NC State Athletics.

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WATCH: 4-star QB transfer Bailey Hockman Video Vault

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In case you missed it, NC State landed a big commitment from FSU transfer Bailey Hockman on Monday.

Here is a treasure trove of the best of his highlight reels from both college and high school…

Florida State spring game (Hockman led the Garnet squad with 203 yards passing and a touchdown)

FSU Skills video

Hockman interview on the transition to college…

Highlight from senior year (Corky Kell Classic)

Junior year highlights

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