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Vonwolf: I’m Anti-Ballpark Bowls, But Petco Pack is a Beauty

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When I randomly watch bowl games, two thoughts are usually repeated each year; 1) Why the hell are some of these bowl games on at 2:30? and 2) I don’t like them being played in a ballpark.

The latter might change for the Holiday Bowl.

 

Changing My Mind

I love baseball. I’ve been fortunate enough to have gone to my fair share of MiLB and MLB ballparks nation-wide. Towards the top of my list? Petco Park in San Diego.

Maybe it’s the brick warehouse feel in left. The skyline wraps around the park, in the most gorgeous of manners. Overall, it’s just an awesome environment. And no sane person could keep it out of their top-ten MLB parks.

But I don’t like football, in ballparks…

It just always seems like they are awkwardly squeezed in. Then you have the issue of the endzone ending, to a three-foot gap before a padded wall. Player safety issues galore. And no disrespect to Fenway or Yankee Stadium, but you place a football field in those environments and it’s just stands facing opposite way weirdly. You’re in a historic park, but the atmosphere kind of ends there.

But look at this beaut…

I don’t know how to describe it, but it feels like it’s better for football, no? Still the endzone issues, but overall, it doesn’t take too much imagination to see it converted to an awesome football stadium. (If Padres left and Chargers came home, it wouldn’t take massive changes to make it right).

Looking forward to watching this gorgeous ballpark on Tuesday night.

Passionate State fan that just wants to win...something...like anything...

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ACC Network’s All-Access with NC State Football : Episode 1

The ACC Network aired the first episode of All-Access with NC State Football on August 14th.

The series is a little like the “One” series we’ve been seeing over the past few years, basically giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at NC State Football. This kind of access is great, because you get a more personal feel for what it’s like to be in the shoes of these guys as they prepare for a season full of high expectations.

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The ACC Network aired the first episode of All-Access with NC State Football on August 14th.

The series is a little like the “One” series we’ve been seeing over the past few years, basically giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at NC State Football. This kind of access is great, because you get a more personal feel for what it’s like to be in the shoes of these guys as they prepare for a season full of high expectations.

Here is episode 1 posted by the guys at Tuffy Talk.

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WATCH: A day in the life with NC State QB Devin Leary

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Ever wondered what it’s like to be NC State QB Devin Leary? Well, this is as close as you’re going to get to finding out.

Mitchell Pehlke, a YouTuber who focuses on giving his followers an inside look at athletes and their sports, headed down to Raleigh to catch up with Leary prior to the upcoming season. Check it out as Leary walks Pehlke through a day in the life of an NC State football player.

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Check Out Adidas’ Ultraboost 1.0 NC State Colorways!

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Adidas has revealed their Ultraboost 1.0 NC State Colorways today!

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With early access, it looks like they will be available on August 29th.

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NC State Ranked 13th in 2022 AP Preseason Poll

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The 2022 AP Preseason Poll is out, and NC State ranks 13th headed into a season where the expectations are extremely high for the Wolfpack. This marks the first time the Wolfpack have been ranked in the AP Preseason Poll since 2003, and ties the highest preseason ranking in school history (1975).

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Georgia
  4. Clemson
  5. Notes Dame
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Utah
  8. Michigan
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Baylor
  11. Oregon
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. NC State
  14. USC
  15. Michigan State
  16. Miami
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Arkansas
  20. Kentucky
  21. Ole Miss
  22. Wake Forest
  23. Cincinnati
  24. Houston
  25. BYU

The AP voter and the Coaches were in one accord, with the Wolfpack ranked 13th in the 2022 Preseason Coaches Poll.

This marks only the 7th time NC State has started the season in the AP Preseason Poll. Sadly, the last 4 times the Wolfpack were ranked in the AP Preseason Poll, they finished the season unranked.

2022: (Final: ?)
2003: 16th (Final: NR)
1993: 25th (Final: NR)
1989: 24th (Final: NR)
1975: 13th (Final: NR)
1974: 18th (Final: 11th)
1973: 17th (Final: 16th)

The Wolfpack have finished the season ranked in the AP Poll 14 times:

2022: 13th
2017: 23rd
2010: 25th
2002: 12th
1994: 17th
1992: 17th
1991: 24th
1978: 18th
1974: 11th
1973: 16th
1972: 17th
1957: 15th
1947: 17th
1946: 18th

NC State spent 10 weeks in the AP Poll in 2021, which marks the most weeks the Wolfpack have been in the AP Poll in a single year since the 2002 season (16 weeks).

The Wolfpack finished the season ranked for the final 7 polls, now making it 8 straight with the Preseason Poll released, marking the longest streak since 2002, when NC State was ranked in 12 straight.

The highest the Wolfpack have ever been ranked in the AP Poll was 3rd in 1967, when NC State was 8-0 in Week 8.

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