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Boston College Runs All Over NC State, Waxing the Pack 45-24

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Bad.

So bad.

Very, very bad.

What Dave Doeren’s Wolfpack put on the field today in Chestnut Hill was an embarrassment, losing to Boston College…

Losing to a team that is better than you gets old, but can be understood. NC State was a 3-point favorite, and lost by 21.

What can’t be understood is a complete lack of composure, fundamentals, effort and preparation. The amount of missed tackles were astronomical.

What can’t be understood is Junior Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie dropping pass after pass. For what it’s worth, Emezie wasn’t the only other player with butter fingers.

What can’t be understood is the offensive play calling. The Co-Offensive Coordinator project has been a bust.

What can’t be understood is rushing for 56 yards against a team that allows opponents to rush for an average of 191.8 yards.

What can’t be understood is allowing the Eagles to rush for 429 yards. I don’t care that they are the best rushing team in the ACC. That should NEVER happen. 429 FREAKING YARDS. A.J. Dillon rushed for 223 yards and 3 touchdowns, and David Bailey rushed for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns. NC State had only given up 400 yards through the first 6 games. The Eagles rushed for 429 yards today. I just had to say it one more time.

What can’t be understood is that Devin Leary was the 3rd string Quarterback. What can’t be understood is that it took the coaching staff this long to give him this shot. In a short sample of work, he simply passes the eye test. It seems blatantly obvious that he’s the better choice.

I didn’t want to say anything positive about this game, but I’ll give a shoutout or two.

Redshirt Freshman Wide Receiver Devin Carter had a breakout performance, with 6 receptions for 140 yards.

Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas had 2 touchdown receptions, and 47 yards receiving.

Freshman Quarterback Devin Leary has some areas to work on, but the intangibles are there. Leary was 15 of 33 for 259 yards and 3 touchdowns (0 interceptions). Honestly, it shouldn’t even be a conversation. Leary should start for the Wolfpack against Wake Forest in two weeks. If that’s not the plan, Wolfpack fans will revolt.

NC State has next week off before they head up to dreaded Winston-Salem to face Wake Forest, who is always a thorn in the side of the Wolfpack.

This team is young. This team is injured. But I don’t want to hear a word about it.

Those are poor excuses.

The players that were able to play are better and more capable than that.

A lot of souls need to be searched, beginning with the coaching staff.

 

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NC State vs. UNC Kickoff Time set for 7pm

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NC State will close out their regular season with a game against archival UNC on ACC Network, with a 7pm kickoff time.

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This is wild.

Last season 7 out of NC State’s 12 games were Noon kickoffs.

This year, 7 out of NC State’s 12 games will be night kickoffs.

The Wolfpack are 8-10 in games between 7-8pm under Dave Doeren. Ten of those 18 games have been at home, going 4-6 in those games.

NC State will close out the season with 4 consecutive games between 7-8pm.

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NC State is a 1-Point Underdog vs. Georgia Tech

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When the Vegas betting lines opened for the matchup between NC State and Georgia Tech this Thursday night, it opened dead even…as a Pick ‘Em. Since then, the line has shifted in the Yellow Jackets favor, now sitting as 1-point favorites at home.

The Total is sitting at 48.5.

Both teams are 2-7-1 against the spread in 2019.

Dating back to 2005, Georgia Tech has been the favorite in their last 5 matchups against the Wolfpack.

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  • North Carolina State are 1-7 Against The Spread in their last 8 games.
  • North Carolina State are 1-5 Straight Up in their last 6 games.
  • North Carolina State are 3-11 Straight Up in their last 14 games against Georgia Tech.
  • North Carolina State are 1-6 Against The Spread in their last 7 games on the road.
  • North Carolina State are 2-4 Straight Up in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Georgia Tech.
  • North Carolina State are 1-5 Straight Up in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of North Carolina State’s last 15 games played in November.

Georgia Tech 

  • Georgia Tech are 2-10-1 Against The Spread in their last 13 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Georgia Tech’s last 6 games.
  • Georgia Tech are 1-7 Straight Up in their last 8 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Georgia Tech’s last 5 games against North Carolina State.
  • Georgia Tech are 0-5 Against The Spread in their last 5 games at home.
  • Georgia Tech are 4-2 Straight Up in their last 6 games when playing at home against North Carolina State.
  • Georgia Tech are 1-4 Straight Up in their last 5 games this season.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Georgia Tech’s last 8 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Coast conference.
  • Georgia Tech are 1-4 Against The Spread in their last 5 games played in November.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Georgia Tech’s last 9 games played on a Thursday. (OddShark)

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NC State’s Deonte Holden to Play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

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Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End Deonte Holden will be playing in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl.

Holden was awarded a 6th year of eligibility last year, giving him the opportunity to play one more year in 2019.

In 9 games this year, Holden has 8 tackles (2 tackles for loss), 1.5 sacks and 1 QB Hurry.

Two years ago, NC State Cornerback Mike Stevens played in the Collegiate Bowl.

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NC State’s James Smith-Williams Accepts Invitation to Play in East-West Shrine Bowl

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NC State Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Last year, the Wolfpack had two players play in the East-West game: Punter A.J. Cole and Offensive Tackle Tyler Jones. The year before that, Defensive End Kentavius Street and Offensive Guard Tony Adams played in the annual showcase.

Smith-Williams has been dinged up all year, but has 20 tackles (1 for loss), 1 sack and 7 QB Hurries in 7 games in 2019. He was 3rd on The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman’s Preseason list of the Top Freaks in College Football.

No player on this entire list has had the type of transformation that Smith-Williams has had. He arrived five years ago weighing a spindly 196 pounds. Now he’s a hulking 265. He benches 420, doing 27 reps at 225. He squats 620 and cleans 374. Smith-Williams vertical jumps 40 inches and has clocked a 4.43 in his pro agility time. Earlier this week, he ran an electronically timed 40 at 4.58. The hand time was 4.52. (Athletic)

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