The ECU / NC State game is officially sold out, according to Sutton Young from WITN News.
ECU’s opener against NC State is officially a sell-out.
This marks the first time the stadium has been sold out since the Pirates beat State back in 2016.
— Sutton Young (@SuttonYoungTV) September 2, 2022
This sell-out is the first time Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium has been at capacity since NC State visited in 2016. The part of the story that us Pack fans won’t want to hear, is that ECU ended up winning that game.
So does it matter?
This IS ECU’s Super Bowl. This is the game they’ve had circled on their schedule all off-season. They are going to be hyped up, and a stadium full of fans is going to be just revved up and ready for an upset.
But I’m not scared, and part of the reason I’m not is that this is game #1, the season opener. NC State is focused on this game. There’s a ton of anticipation for this game and there’s no doubt that this team will be able to match the energy that ECU is bringing.
Look, I’d be a lot more concerned if this game was taking place on week 4, after a few hard-fought wins and sandwiched in there right before the Clemson game. Heading to ECU for the game of their season, right before the game of YOURS. Yeah, then I’d be nervous.
But right now? Nah, I don’t think a full stadium matters much to the Wolfpack. And I don’t think any comparison to 2016 really matters. That was a totally different team. That was Ryan Finley’s 2nd game as a starter with NC State. The team was coming off a shaky season a year before, and Dave Doeren still didn’t have a winning season in conference over his first 3 seasons.
That was a whole different time for NC State football. A time no one wants to revisit.
This is a new day. A team and fanbase that are together. A veteran QB who knows the system. A defense who has already proved themselves. And I dont think going on the road and playing in front of raucous fans is going to bother them. In fact, I think they’re going to welcome it.
NC State to Play Maryland in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl
#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.
NC State vs. Maryland in Duke’s Mayo Bowl, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ
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— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 4, 2022
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.
NC State Right Outside of Week 15 Coaches Poll
NC State Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck Agrees to Become the Head Coach at Coastal Carolina
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
Sources: NC State OC Tim Beck is finalizing a five-year deal to make him Coastal Carolina's next head coach. Beck is finalizing a five-year contract that will pay him nearly $1 million per year.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 4, 2022
— Chants. (@GoCCUsports) December 4, 2022
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!
NC State Moves Up 2 Spots to #23 in Final 2022 CFP Rankings
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.