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NC State Versus Louisville | Week 9 | Preview and How to Watch

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NC State Wolfpack vs. Louisville Cardinals
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Carter-Finley
TV: ACCN
Line: State -6.5

 

Coming out of a rough game in Miami, State returns back to Raleigh for a Homecoming matchup against Louisville. Can State get back on track? Will Louisville keep it close late? Let’s take a look.

 

Louisville Preview

After a week one loss against Ole Miss (where they were absolutely blown off the field), there were a lot of questions about what this team could be. Sneaking by Florida State before back-to-back losses against Wake Forest and UVA, Louisville beat Boston College last week to move to 4-3 on the season.

Stop us if you’ve heard this before; Louisville only goes as far as their dual threat quarterback can go. Malik Cunningham is going to be a problem for State, especially with a LB crew now out two studs. Cunningham has over 2,100 yards on the season (1648 passing | 480 rushing), with TWENTY-ONE touchdowns (8 passing | 13 rushing).  Out of Louisvilles 26 touchdowns, Cunningham had a part in all but five…ridiculous. Beyond the QB, the runningback duo of Mitchell and Hall are solid. State’s 11th ranked rush defense is going to be tested by all three.

Receiver-wise, Louisville is “standard” and nothing really jumps off the page. Marshon Ford is a great TE (actually leads the team in receptions and yards). Lots of home run play potential with their speed, just a matter of if Cunningham has the time to get them downfield.

Defensively, their front is everything. 24th in the nation in sacks per game, they rely heavily on pressuring the quarterback and hoping that backend can create turnovers. Abdullah is a beast from the linebacker position, leading the team with 6 sacks. If the pressure doesn’t get in the backfield? Louisville will give up major yards. Bottom fifth of the nation in yards against, including being 117th with an average of 276 passing yards against per game.

 

Keys to Winning for the Wolfpack

  • LET LEARY COOK – State has one of the more consistent quarterbacks in the ACC, with a 17 td to 2 int ratio. This Louisville defense is going to give Leary yards through the air. Carter needs to come back with a strong game, this receiver crew, as a whole, needs to find space and attack. Really like the Thayer run wild, with Rooks getting some big plays. This offense needs to roll the dice deep and get this Cardinals team stretched vertically.
  • Keep your balance – While air raid needs to happen, can’t forget about this running back duo. Two constants when State loses this year; a stud LB goes down with season ending injury and the running backs don’t get to 120 combined yards. We get there’s a lot of mouths to feed, but Person and Bam need to get in a groove early and carry it through the game.
  • Control Cunningham – We ummmmmm…….we………we didn’t take care of business against a pocket QB last week…Cunningham brings a whole other level of difficulty. Each and every play is a guessing game of pass or him taking off. Need to have solid tackling and shadowing to ensure that he doesn’t burn us for distance. He’ll give you opportunities for turnovers by extending plays and forcing throws. NEED this State secondary to go four notches up from the poor performance in South Beach. Ingle will backup his postgame comments with some big hits and plays.

Prediction

First and foremost, the O/U is 56 and that’s going to get murdered. Don’t see a rough Louisville defense and a banged up State crew being able to control Leary’s arm and Cunningham’s feet. This will be a back and forth game from the get go. Can we get turnovers and big third down stops? Does Leary have the chance to throw for four tds and gain a whole lotta confidence heading down to FSU next week?

Another heart attack game is upon us WPN.

State wins 37-33.

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1 year ago

Can we please have at least one more game that is NOT a heart attack? This season is killing fans.

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NC State to Play Maryland in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl

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#25 NC State (8-4) will face former ACC foe Maryland (7-5) in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on December 30th. Kickoff will be at Noon, and the game will be televised on ESPN.

This will mark the 71st time the Wolfpack and the Terrapins have faced one another, with the series split evenly 33-33-4 heading into the bowl game.

The Wolfpack have never played in the Mayo Bowl, but have played Bowl Games in Charlotte 3 times: Belk Bowl (2x – 2015 & 2011) and the Meineke Car Care Bowl (2005).

They have gone 2-1 in Bowl Games in Charlotte, defeating South Florida and Louisville, and losing to Mississippi State.

If NC State beats Maryland, Dave Doeren will have 4.5 gallons of Duke’s Mayo dumped on his head.

A Bowl Game in Charlotte should lead to a packed Bank of America Stadium, filled with Wolfpack fans dressed in Red.

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NC State Right Outside of Week 15 Coaches Poll

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After Conference Championship weekend, NC State is right outside of the Week 15 Coaches Poll Top-25, moving up 2 spots to #26.

ACC Teams in the Week 15 Coaches Poll 

11. Clemson (-)
13. FSU (+1)
25. UNC (-3)
26. NC State (+2)
30. Pitt (+2)
36. Duke (+1)

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NC State Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck Agrees to Become the Head Coach at Coastal Carolina

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NC State Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck has agreed to become the next Head Football Coach at Coastal Carolina, agreeing to a 5-year deal worth nearly $1 million per year according to Pete Thamel of ESPN

This is Beck’s first opportunity to be a head coach at the collegiate level.

Beck has been the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach at NC State since 2020. The last time Beck has been a head coach was at Mansfield Summitt High School in Texas, in 2004.

Since then he has been an Assistant Coach at Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio State, Texas, and obviously, NC State. Beck served as the Offensive Coordinator at Nebraska, Ohio State, Texas and NC State.

“I could not be more excited to be the Head Football Coach at Coastal Carolina University. The complete alignment between Dr. Benson, Joe Moglia, and Matt Hogue has helped establish a championship program that is a tremendous fit for me and my family,” said Coach Beck. “I fully embrace the expectations for how we will run this program each and every day. Coastal is a special place with special people. We are humbled and honored to become a part of the Chanticleer family and the Conway community.” (Link)

Beck has also served as the Quarterback’s Coach at NC State since 2020, and has done a tremendous job with the Wolfpack’s Quarterback room. After Devin Leary was injured in 2020, he helped Bailey Hockman lead the Pack to 5 wins. Last year, he helped Devin Leary have one of the best seasons by a Quarterback in ACC and NC State history. This year, he helped the Wolfpack win 8 games with 4 different starting Quarterbacks.

With the exodus of Beck, Dave Doeren has now sent two Offensive Coordinators off to be Head Football coaches. Eliah Drinkwitz left NC State to become the Head Coach at Appalachian State in 2018, and he is now the head coach at Missouri.

Congratulations Coach Beck! Couldn’t have have happened to a better guy!

 

 

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NC State Moves Up 2 Spots to #23 in Final 2022 CFP Rankings

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NC State moved up 2 spots in the Week 15 College Football Playoff Top-25 rankings, landing at #23 prior to the Bowl Games.

ACC Teams in the Week 15 CFP Top-25

7. Clemson (+2)

13. FSU (-1)

23. NC State (+2)

Under Doeren, NC State has finished ranked in the College Football Playoff Top-25 three times. The Wolfpack have finished the season ranked in CFP Top 25 4 times under Doeren, and this marks three consecutive seasons.

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