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NC State Football Ranks 11th Nationally in Filling Their Seats



According to Phil Steele and his crew, NC State ranks 11th nationally in filling their football stadium.

25. TCU (7-6) – 95.3% (Amon G. Carter Stadium holds 50,000)

23T. WISCONSIN (8-5) – 96.1% (Camp Randall Stadium holds 80,321)

23T. NOTRE DAME (12-1) – 96.1% (Notre Dame Stadium holds 80,795)

22. IOWA (9-4) – 96.4% (Kinnick Stadium holds 70,585)

21. AUBURN (8-5) – 96.6% (Jordan-Hare Stadium holds 87,451)

20. MICHIGAN STATE (7-6) – 96.8% (Spartan Stadium holds 75,005)

19. OHIO STATE (13-1) – 97.1% (Ohio Stadium holds 104,944)

18. TEXAS A&M (9-4) – 97.2% (Kyle Field holds 102,733)

16T. OLD DOMINION (4-8) – 97.6% (S.B. Ballard Stadium holds 20,118)

16T. TEXAS (10-4) – 97.6% (DKR – Texas Memorial Stadium holds 100,119)

15. OREGON (9-4) – 98.2% (Autzen Stadium 54,000)

14. LSU (10-3) – 98.5% (Tiger Stadium holds 102,321)

13. WASHINGTON (10-4) – 98.6% (Husky Stadium holds 70,083)

11T. CLEMSON (15-0) – 98.7% (Memorial Stadium holds 81,500)

11T. NC STATE (9-4) – 98.7% (Carter-Finley Stadium holds 57,583)

9T. PENN STATE (9-4) – 99% (Beaver Stadium holds 106,572)

9T. WEST VIRGINIA (8-4) – 99% (Mountaineer Field holds 60,000)

8. KANSAS STATE (5-7) – 99.5% (Bill Snyder Family Stadium holds 50,000)

7. UCF (12-1) – 99.6% (Bright House Networks Stadium holds 45,301)

6. ALABAMA (14-1) – 99.7% (Bryant-Denny Stadium holds 101,821)

5. GEORGIA (11-3) – 100% (Sanford Stadium holds 92,746)

4. UTAH (9-5) – 101.1% (Rice-Eccles Stadium holds 45,807)

3. MICHIGAN (10-3) – 102.9% (Michigan Stadium holds 107,601)

2. OKLAHOMA (12-2) – 103.9% (Oklahoma Memorial Stadium holds 86,112)

1. NEBRASKA (4-8) – 104.2% (Memorial Stadium holds 85,458)

Here’s what FBSchedules had to say about the Wolfpack’s ranking:

Finally, props to NC State, the only ACC representative on the list except for Clemson, which has only lost one home game in five seasons. Compare the Wolfpack’s 98.7% fill rate (which ties them with the national champs) to more recognizable ACC schools such as Miami (94.1%), Virginia Tech (89.9%), Georgia Tech (78.3%), Louisville (77.3%) and North Carolina (69.2%). (FBSchedules)

To be tied with the national champions, and to be tied for the best percentage in the conference is beyond impressive. Considering that the Wolfpack haven’t experienced the level of success that the Tigers have, NC State’s fanbase is more impressive than Clemson’s if you ask me.

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VIDEO: NC State WR CJ Riley is Ready to Fill Big Shoes



Redshirt Junior Wide Receiver C.J. Riley has some big shoes to fill in 2019, but after catching up with him at NC State’s 2019 Media Day, he believes he is more than up for the task.

  • We sat down with Coach McDonald, and our goal is to have three 1,000-yard receivers this year, with me, Emeka (Emezie) and Thayer (Thomas). We’re working to do better than they did last year (Two 1,000-yard receivers in Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers).
  • We just want to prove people wrong, and show them we can do things they didn’t think we could do.
  • I learned a lot from their (Harmon and Meyers) work ethic. How they carried themselves off the field. They came in every day like it was gameday. Staying after practice catching balls. Watching extra film.
  • Emeka and I have a goofy relationship. We love each other, and hate each other sometimes. We argue. We’re competitive. It’s the best of both worlds. We’re happy for each other when they succeed. It’s a great relationship.
  • I need to make more consistent plays down the field in 2019. Show that I can run past defenders and make the deep ball plays.
  • Freshman Keyon Lesane has done a great job thus far in camp. He has shown he can play on the field on Saturdays. He has a hot head, and won’t back down from anyone.
  • Redshirt Junior Eric Collins is showing up a lot more. Catching the ball and being a more consistent ball player.
  • Graduate Senior Tabari fits well. He’s played in the ACC before, and knows how it goes. Having his experience come into the room is going to be a big help.

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Carter-Finley Beer Selection Update



Earlier this week it was made official. NC State will be selling beer in Carter-Finley Stadium this season.

According to CBSSports Senior NFL Writer, and Triangle Beer Aficionado, his sources tell him that Coors Light, New Belgium’s Old Tuffy, and Trophy’s Cloud Surfer IPA will be available for purchase.

According to his first report, Corona and White Claw were also going to be a part of the package, but that is up in the air at this point.

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NC State Lands 6 on ESPN’s All-Time All-ACC Football Teams



Prior to the launch of the ACC Network last night, ESPN released their All-Time All-ACC Football teams, and NC State placed 2 players on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams.

1st Team

Running Back – Ted Brown

Records are made to be broken, yet Brown still holds the ACC’s all-time career rushing yard record of 4,602, set between 1975 and ’78, a truly astounding accomplishment when you consider that every other major ACC offensive record has been reset since then. A 2013 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, Brown was the first player in league history to earn first-team All-ACC distinction all four years and was a consensus All-American in 1978. His 27 100-yard games rank No. 1 in ACC history, and his 49 career rushing touchdowns rank No. 3. (ESPN)

Offensive Guard – Jim Ritcher

Ritcher was twice a consensus All-American at NC State and became the first center to win the Outland Trophy as the top interior linemen in college football in 1979, when the Wolfpack captured the ACC championship. He helped open many of the holes Ted Brown ran through on his way to an ACC-record 4,602 rushing yards. Ritcher, a College Football Hall of Fame selection, moved to center in the NFL, where he played 16 seasons. (ESPN)

2nd Team 

Wide Receiver – Torry Holt
Defensive End – Mario Williams

3rd Team 

Center – Garrett Bradbury
Defensive End – Bradley Chubb

You may have noticed that a very important name wasn’t listed above. That’s right, former Wolfpack quarterback Philip Rivers didn’t make any of the three All-ACC teams.


Rivers still holds the record for the most passing yards in conference history (13,484), and ranks 2nd in passing yards per game (275.2) and career touchdown passes (95).

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5 NC State Seniors Named to Senior Bowl Watch List



Five NC State Seniors were named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl Preseason Watch List on Wednesday: Nickel Stephen Griffin, Cornerback Nick McCloud, Safety Jarius Morehead, Defensive Tackle Larrell Murchison, and Defensive End James Smith-Williams.

The Wolfpack is tied for the 2nd most players on the Watch List in the ACC.

Syracuse – 6
NC State – 5
Miami – 5
Wake Forest – 5
Clemson – 4
Florida State – 4
North Carolina – 4
Virginia – 3
Virginia Tech – 1
Duke – 1
Georgia Tech – 1
Louisville – 1
Pittsburgh – 1



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