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NC State Versus Florida State | Week 10 | Preview and How to Watch
NC State Wolfpack vs. Florida State Seminoles
Time: 4:00 PM
Line: Wolfpack -2.5
After a big win in Raleigh for Homecoming, the Wolfpack head back to Florida, hoping for a better result this time around. Let’s dig into the Saturday afternoon matchup.
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A month into the season, the Seminoles were the laughing stock of not only the ACC, but the nation. An opening weekend loss to Notre Dame before losing to sub-division Jacksonville State made headlines everywhere. Currently they stand at 3-5, with those three wins coming in the last four weeks (Syracuse, UNC, UMass).
Of note, the Seminoles have been dealing with a nasty flu bug, leaving practice numbers fairly light this week. Name a player and there were some worries about whether they’d be ready to go today.
Here is how you stop the Seminoles: Don’t let them run the ball. Despite their record, FSU has a fantastic running game. In their eight games, they’ve gone over 200 rushing yards six times. Their average yards per rush is tenth in the nation. Running backs Jashaun Corbin (714 yards, 7.5 avg) and Treshaun Ward (440 yards, 7.1 avg) are workhorses that get their yards just about every time. Even quarterback Jordan Travis gets involved in the running game with 340 yards on the year. Throwing the ball, Travis is “fine”, sporting a 63% completion percentage but tends to extend plays too long and gets himself in trouble. Travis was hit hardest this week with the flu bug, with some rumors he might actually miss the game.
Florida State defense is stable, ranked 68th nationally in total defense. If you want to zero in on the problem area, it’s defensive end transfer, Jermaine Johnson. He’s averaging one sack per game, with 11 total tackles for loss. This defensive front will put pressure on Leary, allowing for their secondary to attempt to make some plays. While State’s running game struggled last week, they’ll have a chance to get back on track with a FSU defense giving up an average of 162 rushing yards per game.
Keys to Winning for the Wolfpack
To be honest, FSU is the football child of Miami and Louisville. From Miami they; have been playing much better of late, have home field advantage, steady pass rush, iffy secondary. From Louisville; mobile quarterback, will scramble and run, has receivers that can hurt you if you let them.
- Can the running defense hold up and contain again? Louisville’s Cunningham is much more athletic and poised than Travis, and State contained Cunningham just about as well as they could. This Seminole backfield, however, is a beast. While we don’t want to make this Durden versus FSU, he’ll need a heck of a game. Keep that center of the line push going with Joseph and these LBs controlling the edge. We NEED to keep the FSU running game in check.
- Can Leary finally go vertical in the first half? If you put up points early, you help bullet point one dramatically. Leary and the offense look much different in the second half in just about every game this season. Quick routes to get the ball off before this pass rush attacks, but the deep ball WILL be open. Can Beck dial up this backfield to go…I don’t know…right? Would also love to see a heavy dose of RPO’s and getting everybody in the WR and RB with the some pass plays.
- Can State start fast? Seminoles are coming off a disappointing game against Clemson (probably should have won) and then were nailed by the flu bug. If you ever needed to start fast, this is the game. A weird 4:00pm start time will help temper the crowd. State controls their path to the ACCC. It’s time to show up from the opening kickoff.
This Florida State team is built to just stick around. Playing conservative on offense and not taking advantage of opportunities on defense, only helps FSU. Another week, another chance to get a win you absolutely need. O/U is 55.5 and not sure they’ll get there. Slow starts by all, but the Pack SQUEEK one out.
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NC State to Play Tennessee in 2024 in Charlotte
It’s finally official. NC State and Tennessee will play one another in football at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on September 7th, 2024, in the Duke’s Mayo Classic. The Wolfpack are also scheduled to play Louisiana Tech and Western Carolina in non-conference play in 2024.
Pack vs. Vols, 2024
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— NC State Football (@PackFootball) March 21, 2023
“We are excited to participate in the 2024 Duke’s Mayo Classic. This is an incredible opportunity for our football program to face a great SEC opponent in our home state. The Charlotte Sports Foundation does a fantastic job and I’m looking forward to an electric atmosphere at Bank of America Stadium,” said Director of Athletics, Boo Corrigan. (GoPack)
NC State has played Tennessee 3 times, winning the first game of the series back in 1893.
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ICYMI: NC State Gives Dave Doeren a 1-Year Contract Extension
In case you missed it, last week NC State gave head football coach Dave Doeren a 1-year contract extension, locking him in for 5 more years, which is through the 2027 football season. The contract is for an additional year, without a raise in pay, which is $5 million annually.
“We are very proud of the standard and culture that Dave has established for our football program,” said Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. “We look forward to seeing him build on the progress we have enjoyed on and off the field under his leadership.”
“I’m very grateful to Chancellor Woodson and Boo Corrigan for their commitment to our program and for all of the support they’ve given me personally,” said Doeren. “This is home and I’m excited about the future of Wolfpack football.”
To see the type of impact Doeren has had during his tenure at NC State, click here.
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NC State Football Ranked 46th in Preseason 2023 SP+ Rankings
ESPN’s Bill Connelly has release the 2023 Preseason College Football SP+ Rankings, and NC State is ranked 46th nationally, and 7th in the ACC.
ACC Teams in the Preseason SP+ Rankings
46. NC State
52. Wake Forest
69. Virginia Tech
70. Georgia Tech
72. Boston College
NC State’s Offense is ranked 67th, and the Defense is ranked 22nd.
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NC State’s Football Game against USF Gets Moved From 2024 to 2029.
NC State was scheduled to play USF on the road in 2024, but that game has been moved back to 2029.
USF has moved a few dates with ACC opponents.
The biggest move is Miami at USF, which will be played earlier than expected as the date shifts from 2027 to 2024. pic.twitter.com/LtkTBd21n2
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) February 14, 2023
As a result, NC State is now on the lookout to fill 2 spots for non-conference opponents in 2024. The only two non-conference games locked in at this point for 2024 is Western Carolina and Louisiana Tech at home.
It has been rumored that NC State could open the 2024 season playing Tennessee in Charlotte, but it hasn’t been confirmed.