The wait is almost over.
NC State’s matchup versus #19 Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl is tonight at 7:30pm on ESPN.
Let’s take a real quick statistical comparison to see what the Wolfpack is up against.
NC State’s offense enters the game as one of the most productive offenses in the nation, ranking 14th in points per game (36.6) and 11th in yards per game (478.7). They will be up against a Texas A&M defense that ranks 63rd in points allowed (28.1) and 39th in yards allowed (364.1)
No offense to Senior Running Back Reggie Gallaspy and the running back room, but the run game isn’t what gives the Wolfpack offensive attack national notoriety, ranking 85th in the nation in rushing yards per game (149.4) and 89th in yards per carry (3.9).
The Wolfpack’s weakness is the Aggies’ strength. Texas A&M ranks 3rd nationally in opponents rushing yards per game (98.5) and 8th in opponents yards per carry (3.3). Despite that fact, don’t expect NC State to run a pass heavy offensive scheme today. The Wolfpack have run the ball 49.29% of the time this year, and I expect they will do the same today. Doeren has stated over and over again that you win games on the ground, and it sets up the Wolfpack’s successful air attack.
On the other hand, NC State’s strength is the Aggies weakness. The Wolfpack’s aerial assault ranks 6th in yards per game (329.4) and 8th in completion percentage (67.93%). Texas A&M ranks 114th in opponents passing yards per game (265.6) and 83rd in opponents completion percentage (61.79%).
The battle of the trenches will be an interesting one to watch tonight. The NC State offensive line, aka the “Band of Brothers”, rank 2nd nationally in sacks allowed, and the Texas A&M defense ranks 4th in sacks.
NC State’s boasts a Top-50 defense, ranking 41st in points allowed (23.5) and 49th in yards allowed (381.6).
Their task is to stop an Aggie offense that ranks 30th (32.5) in points per game and 29th in yards per game (439.3).
Texas A&M’s offense is very balanced, with one aspect not dominating the other. They rank 52nd in rushing yards per game (176.6) and 58th in yards per carry (4.4), but those numbers could be worse today against a stout NC State rush defense. The Wolfpack rank 7th in opponents rushing yards per game (104.2) and 18th in opponents yards per carry (3.4).
The weakness of the NC State defense all year has been their inability to stop the pass, ranking 125th in opponent passing yards per game (277.5). In comparison, the Aggies rank 31st in passing yards per game (262.6).
3rd Down Conversion % and Turnover Margin are two stats in particular that Dave Doeren holds highly, and the Wolfpack holds the advantage in both.
NC State ranks 7th nationally in 3rd Down Conversion % (49.03%), and the Aggie’s 3rd Down Defense ranks 29th (35.04%). The Wolfpack’s 3rd Down Defense is nearly just as good as the offense, ranking 8th nationally (30.52%). Texas A&M’s offense only converts 38.26% of their 3rd Downs, ranking 68th, which is a good sign for the Pack.
The Wolfpack have a positive turnover margin (0.2) and Texas A&M boasts a negative turnover margin (-0.5).
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