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NC State vs. #14 West Virginia Likely Won’t Be Rescheduled

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As reported earlier, the NC State vs. #14 West Virginia football game will not be played this Saturday.

Even though the game was cancelled for this Saturday, the official release didn’t guarantee that it was cancelled entirely. Rescheduling the game still seemed to be on the table as a possibility, even if it was a small one.

West Virginia’s Athletic Director Shane Lyons held a press conference yesterday explaining why the likelihood of making this game happen in 2018 is very unlikely.

“I will not be scheduling a game during our bye week,” he explained. “Anybody who understands football knows I’m not going to play a game on Saturday and then turn around and play a game on Thursday night. That’s not an option for me, especially when our opponent has a week-and-a-half to prepare.”

“As for Dec. 1, I plan on being in Dallas (for the Big 12 Championship game),” he said.  (Link)

Bye Week Breakdown

  • NC State’s bye week is October 13th, and West Virginia’s is October 20th.
  • West Virginia has Iowa St. on the schedule for October 13th.
  • NC State has Clemson on the schedule for October 20th.

Lyons is unwilling to schedule a game on October 20th because the Mountaineers have a big matchup against Baylor the following Thursday. NC State plays Clemson on the 20th anyway.

WOWK reported yesterday that a source said that one possibility could be for West Virginia to move their football game with Iowa State to October 18th, still giving them a week before Baylor. This would free up the two teams to play on NC State’s scheduled bye week. Giving up their bye week is no small thing for the Wolfpack, because it is the week before their matchup against Clemson. Also, for this to happen, Iowa St. would have to be willing to be flexible as well. To throw another wrench into that possibility, the North Carolina State Fair is in town that week, making this next to impossible.

December 1st is a possibility, but both teams obviously are dreaming they won’t be available, because they will be playing for a conference championship that weekend. If it becomes clear that neither team will be playing for a conference championship, it will be interesting to see if the schools make this happen on this weekend.

At the end of the day, it is nearly impossible to see a scenario where this game gets played in 2018, but NC State is still scheduled to go to West Virginia next year.

 

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6 NC State Players Named to Phil Steele’s 2019 Preseason All-ACC Teams

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Phil Steele’s 2019 Preseason All-ACC Teams are out, and 6 NC State players made the cut.

2nd Team – Defensive Tackle – Larrell Murchison

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3rd Team – Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie

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3rd Team – Place Kicker Chris Dunn

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3rd Team – Offensive Guard – Joshua Fedd-Jackson

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3rd Team – Linebacker Isaiah Moore

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3rd Team – Offensive Tackle Justin Witt

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NC State Football is an Early 20-Point Favorite Over ECU in Season Opener

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We are still 2.5 months away from opening day of the 2019 NC State Football season, but that hasn’t stopped Vegas from creating extremely early betting lines.

According to OddShark, the Wolfpack are early 20-point favorites over the East Carolina Pirates for the season opener in Carter-Finley Stadium on August 31st at Noon.

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North Carolina State are 3-6 Against the Spread in their last 9 games.

North Carolina State are 11-4 Straight Up in their last 15 games.

North Carolina State are 7-1 Straight Up in their last 8 games at home.

North Carolina State are 5-1 Straight Up in their last 6 games against an opponent in the American Athletic Conference conference.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of North Carolina State’s last 6 games played in August.

North Carolina State are 3-9 Against the Spread in their last 12 games played in Week 1.

The total has gone UNDER in 12 of North Carolina State’s last 18 games played on a Saturday.

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East Carolina are 2-7 Against the Spread in their last 9 games.

East Carolina are 1-7 Straight Up in their last 8 games.

East Carolina are 0-8 Straight Up in their last 8 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 7 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of East Carolina’s last 8 games played in week 1.

East Carolina are 1-6 Straight Up in their last 7 games played on a Saturday.

East Carolina are 1-6 Against the Spread in their last 7 games when playing as the underdog.

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NC State Unveils Stealth Wolf Uniforms for Syracuse Game on Military Appreciation Day

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NC State unveiled the new “Stealth Wolf” Uniforms today that Adidas hooked them up with for the Wolfpack’s Military Appreciation Day game against Syracuse this Fall on October 10th.

Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams is the mysterious man under the helmet, waking up at 4:30am to head down to Wilmington for the video/photo shoot.

Pack Creative continues to put out stellar work.

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NC State vs. West Virginia Kickoff Set for Noon…

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Yes…you read the headline right.

Another game on the 2019 NC State football schedule is set to kickoff before 1pm.

With this news, NC State’s first three games of the 2019 season will kickoff before 1pm.

  • Game 1: August 31st: East Carolina: Noon (ACC Network)
  • Game 2: September 7th: Western Carolina: 12:30pm (RSN)
  • Game 3: September 14th: @ West Virginia: Noon (FS1)

Five of NC State’s last seven home games have kicked off at 1pm or before, and their 1st two home games once again in 2019 follow suit.

As Dave Doeren once said in reference to Noon kickoffs:

“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, fans just need to get up and do what they do earlier.”

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