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Will NC State vs. Clemson be ESPN’s College GameDay feature? Or is a conspiracy theory in the works?

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#19 NC State heads south next weekend to face off against the #4 ranked Clemson Tigers.

With NC State and Clemson both one of the 11 teams that remain undefeated a lot of people are wondering if this game warrants being ESPN’s College GameDay feature next weekend. RubbingTheRock.com (a Clemson site) recently published an article on that very topic.

There are basically three choices for the popular show in Week 8: NC State at Clemson; Colorado at Washington; and Mississippi State at LSU.

All three of those games are battles of top-25 teams and I’d imagine that all three get some play from the show that weekend.

If the game was in a prime-time slot, I would say that it would be a guarantee that ESPN College GameDay will be coming to Clemson.(RTR)

Looking at the week’s schedule, I believe those are definitely the 3 most marquee matchups, but I’d bet, based on fanbase size and TV markets, that it’s really down to NC State vs. Clemson and Mississippi State vs LSU.

Now, Mississippi State has a bye this weekend, so nothing is going to change with them before the LSU game. LSU, however, takes on #2 Georgia this weekend.

If LSU wins, then you can go ahead and guarantee that GameDay will be in Baton Rouge on October 20th. But if they lose, is ESPN really going to promote a 1-2 team vs. a team that’s 2-2 in the SEC?  By doing that they’d be passing up a battle of undefeateds for first place in the ACC.

Rubbing the Rock doesn’t think it matters either way. They believe that no matter what happens this week, the SEC will end up getting College GameDay.

Right now, if you had to ask me where the show was going, I would probably say LSU. I understand that the ACC is down this year and I think ESPN wants to not only push the narrative that the conference is weak, but also that the SEC is great. It’s all about pushing a narrative and that may be the case going forward (RTR).

Is that a conspiracy theory I smell? Is ESPN really trying to push the ‘ACC is weak’ narrative? I’m not going to hate on that theory because money makes people companies do some crazy things and the SEC is the top dog when it comes to college football revenue. However, I’m not just going to buy it. I need a little time to research just how much money difference we might be talking about.

In the meantime, I guess if things play out the way the Clemson guys predict, it may just add a little fuel to that fire.

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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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