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NC State Versus Boston College | Week 7 | Preview and How to Watch

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NC State Wolfpack vs. Boston College Eagles
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Chestnut Hill, MA
TV: ACCN
Line: State -3

 

BC Preview

Boston College are, like State and Wake Forest, dark horse candidates that have now definitively made it known they want a chance at an ACC Championship. Both are coming off grueling games and bye weeks. State with a back and forth win with LA Tech, the Eagles and low scoring loss at Clemson. There’s multiple ways this game could go, all depends on who would like to show up heading out of an extra week of rest.

The Eagles started their season 4-0 before that Clemson loss. The first three games? Cupcakes City. Blowouts of Colgate, UMass and Temple, although two of the three were at least on the road. A thrilling overtime win over Mizzou, put them back in the spotlight.

Quarterback Phil Jurkovec started the season as a player to watch, but with injury, back up Dennis Grosel has struggled to find his groove. Floating around 60% completions and a split 4-4 TD to INT ratio, he likes to run. Running back, Pat Garwo III, has a body like Person but stats similar to Knight. If this BC offense is to be competitive, they rely on buying Grosel time and committing to the ground game early (sound like anyone we know?). If this turns into a game of catchup for the Eagles, it’ll lean heavily in State’s favor.

BC’s defense is decent, but with a balanced attack, State should find opportunities to exploit. They tend to struggle to get into the backfield, but have the secondary support to cause turnovers. In fact, State and BC are tied with seven total sacks on the year, although State has steadily been improving in that area.

 

Keys to Winning for the Wolfpack

  • Who gets running first? – Both teams rely on the ground game to set the tone for the offense. While State has been using it to wear down opponents, leading to deep threat chances with their loaded receiver core, BC is just trying to keep teams honest and allow Grosel time. State should have a big advantage on both sides of the ball. Their defense has been sound against the run, while Knight and Person have done all they could, both catching and running. Leaving the LA Tech game, Knight didn’t look 100%, hopefully the rest has the backfield duo ready to feast.
  • Capitalize on Turnovers – Both BC and Leary are going to put out opportunities for turnovers. This game within the game, is going to be massive tonight. Eagles have 6 INTs to State’s 7. Both teams attack to the ball carrier and have had moments on tape that shine defensively. Last time State was on the road, they didn’t handle themselves well in doing the little things right, can’t happen again.
  • Start Fast – Simply put, don’t let BC and that night crowd get into this. Work through your progressions, get a balance attack rolling on offense and absolutely fly on defense. When State has struggled most, is when they overthink, instead of do. Eagles are a solid team, but State should be able to take care of business, if they take care of THEIR business.

Predictions

This has a feeling of the first half being brutal to watch. Both teams showing rust and overcommitting and underdelivering. The over/under is 51 and can’t help but feel the under is the right way to go.

In the end, State has the better offense and defense. BC has the home crowd and a chance to step up in the Atlantic. Wolfpack win another close one, full of heart attacks and worry.

Wolfpack wins 27-23.

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PACK REWIND: Check out NC State’s Hype Highlight Reel from Their Victory Over UNC

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Want to relive the Wolfpack’s victory over UNC from this past week? Look no further. Check out NC State’s PACK REWIND hype reel.

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NC State Football Players Can Earn a Minimum of $25k Through Pack of Wolves NIL Collective in 2023

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On Monday, news broke that the Pack of Wolves NIL Collective is guaranteeing that NC State scholarship Football players will have the opportunity to make a minimum of $25k in 2023.

Pack of Wolves NIL Collective today announced a strategic move to ensure that N.C. State football studentathletes can remain competitive in the NIL landscape. The program, called Leading the Pack, creates opportunities for these studentathletes to engage in NIL activities in the community this next calendar year, where they could earn a minimum of $25,000 based upon an individual analysis of the NIL value that each studentathlete brings.

We sought to create an enhanced NIL organization with a high standard of trust and accountability that honors N.C. State’s excellence, said Charlie Stallings, chairman of the board for Pack of Wolves collective. We have worked hard to pair businesses, brands, and local charities with N.C. State football studentathletes. This behindthescenes work has brought us to the point where we can make this significant commitment today. Football studentathletes will go out into the community monthly with the opportunity to earn $25,000 or more annually. These engagements can be charitable appearances working with youth in the community, partnering with the businesses or brands who have contributedand more.

We are excited about the continued expansion of Name, Image, and Likeness opportunities available to N.C. State studentathletes, said Dave Doeren, N.C. State football coach. We are particularly proud that they can use their platform to impact the greater North Carolina community and its philanthropic organizations.

Several local charities have already signed on to participate, including Gigi’s Playhouse of Raleigh, N.C., the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County, Dress for Success Triangle N.C., The Harrelson Center of Wilmington, N.C., SAFEchild, and the Food Bank of Central &  Eastern North Carolina. (Link)

The ‘Leading the Pack’ program is similar to one at Texas Tech, where 100 team members were guaranteed $25k annually.

It is timely for this announcement to come out when it did, because on December 5th, the Transfer Portal officially opens.

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NC State Ranked 25th in Week 14 College Football Playoff Top-25 Rankings

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After defeating rival UNC 30-27 in double-overtime last Friday, NC State is back in the College Football Playoff Top-25 Rankings that were just released, landing at #25.

Week 14 CFP Top 25

1 UGA
2 Michigan
3 TCU
4 USC

5 Ohio St
6 Alabama
7 Tennessee
8 Penn St
9 Clemson
10 Kansas St
11 Utah
12 Washington
13 Florida St
14 LSU
15 Oregon St
16 Oregon
17 UCLA
18 Tulane
19 S Carolina
20 Texas
21 ND
22 UCF
23 UNC
24 Miss State
25 NC State

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NC State Place Kicker Chris Dunn is a Finalist for the Lou Groza Award

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NC State Place Kicker Chris Dunn is a Finalist for the Lou Groza Award, given out annually to the best place kicker in college football. The other two finalists are Joshua Karty of Stanford (first place kicker to not miss a field goal (18-18) in a season since 2013) and Jake Moody of Michigan (reigning Lou Groza Award winner).

Dunn, a graduate student from Lexington, North Carolina, capped a record-setting career with his finest single season, going 24-for-25 on field goals. Both the total field goals and the 96.0% rate rank second in FBS this season, while his accuracy was the best by kickers with at least 20 attempts. 17 of those kicks came from at least 30 yards out, also the second-most in the country. Already the NC State program leader in both field goals and scoring, this season he set the ACC career records in those categories. (LouGroza)

If Dunn were to win, he would become the 2nd player in NC State history to win the Lou Groza Award, joining Marc Primanti, who won it in 1996.

Earlier this week, Dunn was named 1st Team All-ACC.

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