NC State fell to 4-4 on the year today, getting absolutely demolished by Wake Forest 44-10 up in Winston-Salem.
At the end of the year, there is a good chance that no more wins will be added to the win column, and 4 more losses will be added to the other side.
I guess you could make an argument that the Wolfpack can beat Georgia Tech on November 21st, but that’s no guarantee.
I expected NC State to lose to Wake Forest today, but I didn’t expect them to lose by 34 points.
I understand that the Wolfpack have been decimated by injuries. I understand that the team is really young. I understand that all of this has resulted in a huge lack of experience, leadership, continuity and consistency.
Wake Forest is one of the most experienced teams in the ACC, but they also have the least amount of talent on their roster according to 247Sports Team Talent Composite. What that tells me is that Dave Clawson deserves to win the ACC Coach of the Year Award.
The Demon Deacons were destined to score a junk-load of points, and that they did. Even though NC State was injury riddled, the Wolfpack were only able to put up 265 yards of offense on a team that has given up a clean 500 per game in ACC play.
NC State had zero answers for stopping Redshirt Junior Quarterback Jamie Newman, who was basically perfect once again, throwing for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns (155.7 Passing Efficiency Rating), and also rushed for 2 more.
Redshirt Freshman Wolfpack Quarterback Devin Leary earned his first career start, and maybe fans who were clamoring for him to be the starter all year are quiet this afternoon. Leary looked like a 3rd string quarterback, which is what he was at the start of the year. He completed 17 of 45 for 149 yards and 1 touchdown, to go with 2 interceptions. He honestly could have thrown a handful of other passes to the other team.
To add insult to injury, Freshman Running Back Zonovan Knight left the game with an injury, and didn’t return.
The 1st quarter was one of the worst quarters of football I’ve ever watched.
This Wake Forest team is better than I thought. This NC State team is way worse than I thought.
Glass half full moment. Redshirt Freshman Linebacker Payton Wilson is a bad man, logging a career high 11 tackles, and his good friend Freshman Linebacker Thomas had 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
There are a lot of good pieces on this Wolfpack team. The future isn’t dismal, but fans need to brace themselves for a very bumpy ride the rest of the way.
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.