NC State Quarterback Ryan Finley was on the Tiki and Tierney radio show, and it’s crystal clear that he isn’t intimidated by the Clemson Tigers.
“I think the bye week has allowed us to do some different things,” Finley said. “But Clemson is Clemson. We’re going to prepare for them like any other football team on our schedule. We’re going to watch film on them and see their weaknesses, and we kind of have a philosophy, and I personally do: It’s not really about Clemson. It’s about us. It’s about us executing what we do and what we do well, just doing that at a high level. If we do that, we’re going to beat them. It’s an exciting opportunity to have the bye week before these guys.” (Link)
When Finley sees Clemson on the schedule, he doesn’t flinch. When he sees the #4 by their name, he isn’t phased.
He’s played them twice, and lost by a total of 14 points. Two years ago place kicker Kyle Bambard missed a 33-yard field goal as the time ticked off the clock that would have given the Wolfpack a victory over the #3 Tigers down in Death Valley. Last year, the Wolfpack had more total yards of offense and first downs, and won the time of possession battle, but failed to pull off the win against the #9 Tigers. Finley threw an interception in the fourth quarter that gave Clemson the ball on the Wolfpack 27-yard line, which ultimately led to a touchdown for the Tigers with 6 minutes to go in the game. Before the pick it was a 3-point game, and NC State had the ball in their hands.
It’s been that close.
Finley’s not scared of round 3.
You can hear Finley’s full interview with Tiki and Tierney below.
6 NC State Players Named to Phil Steele’s 2019 Preseason All-ACC Teams
Phil Steele’s 2019 Preseason All-ACC Teams are out, and 6 NC State players made the cut.
2nd Team – Defensive Tackle – Larrell Murchison
3rd Team – Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie
3rd Team – Place Kicker Chris Dunn
3rd Team – Offensive Guard – Joshua Fedd-Jackson
3rd Team – Linebacker Isaiah Moore
3rd Team – Offensive Tackle Justin Witt
NC State Football is an Early 20-Point Favorite Over ECU in Season Opener
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.
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.OddShark
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.OddShark
NC State Unveils Stealth Wolf Uniforms for Syracuse Game on Military Appreciation Day
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.
NC State vs. West Virginia Kickoff Set for Noon…
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.”Dave Doeren