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Previewing NC State’s Opponent: LOUISVILLE

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NC State will try to pick up their 5th win of the season tonight against Louisville at 7:30pm on the ACC Network.

New Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield is looking to lead the Cardinals to a 6th victory, making them bowl eligible after missing one last season.

The Wolfpack defense has allowed 500+ yards of total offense in 2 of their last 3 games, and they will have their hands full with one of the most potent offenses in the ACC. Louisville boasts the 4th best offense in the ACC, averaging 450.3 yards of total offense, with their run game being the star, averaging 213 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 3rd in the league.

Freshman Running Back Javian Hawkins has been a stud in his first season, needing only 22 yards rushing today to cross the 1,000-yard barrier. He would be the first Louisville running back to rush for 1,000+ yards since Bilial Powell in 2010.

If you look at the rankings for the ACC’s most efficient quarterbacks, you won’t find Sophomore Malik Cunningham’s anywhere, but that’s only because he doesn’t have enough pass attempts. If he had enough pass attempts, he would be the most efficient quarterback in the ACC, with a passing efficiency rating of 187.3 on the year. Cunningham has thrown 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, completing 62.5% of his passes.

Cunningham is only averaging 153 yards through the air per game, but there isn’t a question of whether he has a favorite target. Sophomore Tutu Atwell ranks 8th in the ACC in receptions per game (5.1) and 3rd in receiving yards per game (89.6).

Louisville’s defense ranks in the bottom of the conference in nearly every category, but that hasn’t been a guarantee for a successful NC State offensive performance the past couple of weeks.

Scoring Defense – 14th
Total Defense – 11th
Pass Defense – 10th
Rush Defense – 11th

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Former NC State Offensive Lineman Justin Chase Transfers to ECU

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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.

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.

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NC State’s Dave Doeren Buys Lunch for Rex Hospital Employees

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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)

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2020 Vegas Odds: NC State Football Regular Season Wins: 4.5

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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.

Welp.

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.

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According to their projections, here’s how ACC football teams are projected to improve or worsen in 2020.

Boston College: -1
Clemson: -0.5
Duke: +2.5
FSU: +1.5
Georgia Tech: –
Louisville: +0.5
Miami: +3
NC State: +0.5
UNC: +2.5
Pitt: -0.5
Syracuse: +0.5
Virginia: -2.5
Virginia Tech: –
Wake Forest: -1

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NC State Ranks 4th in the ACC in Football Revenue

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FootballScoop shared their research last week on the highest grossing college football teams, and NC State ranked 4th in the ACC.

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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.

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