NC State (4-2) will kickoff against Boston College (3-3) in a couple of hours at Noon, but before they do, here’s a preview of the Golden Eagles.
NC State might lead the ACC in Run Defense, but they haven’t faced Junior Running Back A.J. Dillon yet. Dillon (6’0″/245) is a force of nature. He’s rushed for 745 yards through 6 games (6 touchdowns), and has rushed for 100+ yards in 4 consecutive games. He’s the ACC rushing leader, and ranks 5th nationally.
The Wolfpack was lucky in 2018, and didn’t have to deal with Dillon due to injury, but did face him during his Freshman campaign in 2017. NC State found a way to beat BC, despite allowing Dillon to rush for 196 yards on his home turf.
Dillon isn’t invincible. He has been contained before, but those times have been few and far between. Syracuse, Clemson and Purdue were the only schools to keep Dillon under 66.7 yards (NC State’s Run Defense Average) in 2018. No one has done so through 6 games this year.
Dillon isn’t the only Running Threat
Unfortunately for the Pack, Dillon isn’t all that the Golden Eagles running game has to offer. While he averages 124.2 yards rushing per game, the team averages an insane 253.2.
Sophomore David Bailey has 329 yards rushing, which is only 25 yards less than NC State’s leading rusher, Zonovan Knight.
Freshman Wide Receiver Zay Flowers is versatile, and has rushed the ball 16 times for 168 yards, for an average of 10.1 yards per carry.
QB Anthony Brown is OUT…Dennis Grosel is IN…
Boston College averages more yards rushing than passing, but they have been far from inefficient through the air. Redshirt Junior Anthony Brown’s Passing Efficiency Rating of 154.5 ranks 4th in the ACC.
Unfortunately for Brown and BC, but fortunately for NC State, Brown won’t be playing today after suffering a season ending knee injury in the 2nd quarter of their game against Louisville.
Instead, the Wolfpack will face Redshirt Sophomore Dennis Grosel has only completed 38.7% of his passes (12/31).
Don’t Sleep on BC’s Receivers
While BC averages more rushing yards (253.2) than receiving yards (235), the Golden Eagles have more touchdown receptions than rushing touchdowns (14/12). Senior Tight End Korab Idrizi has 4 of the 14.
The yards they tend to get through the air can be explosive, with five 50+ yard pass plays in their belt, ranking 8th nationally. Freshman Zay Flowers has been a difference maker from the get-go, averaging 19.4 yards per reception. Redshirt Sophomore Hunter Long leads the team in receptions (15) and receiving yards (277), but more impressively he is averaging 18.5 yards per catch as a Tight End.
Boston College’s offense is explosive. They rank 2nd in the ACC in Total Offense (488.2), and they tend to get it in chunks. The Golden Eagles have the 2nd most “explosive” plays in the ACC, with 19 plays of 30+ yards, which also ranks 13th nationally. They are averaging 14.8 yards per completion, which ranks 2nd in the ACC and 12th nationally.
This will be the best offense NC State has played this year, but one has to think they won’t be as effective or explosive without starting Quarterback Anthony Brown.
BC has been known for their quality offensive linemen over the years, and 2019 is no different. Despite having 3 new starters on the line, the Golden Eagles rank 1st in the nation in sacks allowed per game (0.5), and their rushing offense ranks 9th.
NC State has racked up 8 sacks in each of the past two games, but they haven’t faced a line like BC’s all season long.
How is Boston College 3-3 with such an explosive offense?
Opposing offenses tend to be explosive against the Golden Eagle Defense.
Boston College boasts the worst defense in the ACC, giving up an average of 476.2 yards per game. Giving up close to 500 yards of offense per game is insanity. They are pretty much equally bad at stopping both the run game and the passing game.
Opponents are averaging 191.8 yards on the ground (13th in ACC), and 284.3 through the air (13th in ACC).
On paper, NC State’s Freshmen duo of Zonovan Knight and Jordan Houston should have a field day. On paper, today should be a confidence builder for Wolfpack Quarterback Bailey Hockman, and maybe Devin Leary.
Former NC State Offensive Lineman Justin Chase Transfers to ECU
Offensive Lineman Justin Chase announced he was transferring from NC State back on December 1st.
Now we know where he will be playing his final year of eligibility.
Chase is transferring to East Carolina as a Graduate Transfer.
— Justin Chase (@justinchase_73) April 11, 2020
Chase only saw action in the first two games of last season for the Wolfpack, playing 2 snaps against ECU, and 12 against Western Carolina. He was a 3-Star prospect in the Wolfpack’s 2016 recruiting class.
NC State’s Dave Doeren Buys Lunch for Rex Hospital Employees
Earlier this week, NC State head football coach Dave Doeren bought lunch for 100 employees at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.
The food bought was from Moe’s Southwest Grill.
Rex is where NC State sends their players if they need to go to the hospital.
Alan Wolf, media relations manager for Rex Healthcare, told Jonas Pope IV of the News & Observer how much Doeren’s generosity meant.
“It’s a stressful time to be at the hospital,” Wolf told the N&O on Tuesday. “These are folks on the front line of helping patients through this pandemic. To have an outpouring of support from people like coach Doeren and those in the community who have donated all sorts of food, lunches, meals, it’s been an amazing thing to see.”
“It’s thoughtful, it’s generous and it’s heartwarming,” Wolf said. “When you’re in the hospital for however long your shift is and all of a sudden there’s a boxed lunch that a football coach donated, it means the world.” (N&O)
2020 Vegas Odds: NC State Football Regular Season Wins: 4.5
After a rough 2019, in which NC State’s football team posted a 4-8 (1-7) record, every Wolfpack fan is looking for a glimmer of hope that 2020 will yield better results.
Vegas has released their odds for the 2020 college football season, and NC State is projected to win 4.5 regular season games, missing a bowl for the second straight year.
According to their projections, here’s how ACC football teams are projected to improve or worsen in 2020.
Boston College: -1
Georgia Tech: –
NC State: +0.5
Virginia Tech: –
Wake Forest: -1
NC State Ranks 4th in the ACC in Football Revenue
FootballScoop shared their research last week on the highest grossing college football teams, and NC State ranked 4th in the ACC.
1. Florida State — $69 million
2. Clemson — $61 million
3. Miami — $56 million
4. NC State — $46 million
5. Syracuse — $44 million (FootballScoop)
The dates of their research were from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
For some perspective, the ACC doesn’t have a school ranked in the Top-15 nationally.
Power 5 — Top 15
1. Texas — $156 million
2. Georgia — $123 million
3. Michigan — $122 million
4. Notre Dame — $116 million
5. Ohio State — $115 million
6. Penn State — $100 million
7. Auburn — $95 million
8. Oklahoma — $94.8 million
9. Alabama — $94.6 million
10. Nebraska — $94.3 million
11. LSU — $92 million
12. Tennessee — $91 million
13. Wisconsin — $90 million
14. Florida — $85 million
15. Washington — $84 million (FootballScoop)
Wake Forest is tied for the 2nd lowest Football Revenue out of all the Power 5 schools, and Boston College ranks 5th.