#13 NC State Wolfpack @ ECU
Location: Greenville, NC
Line: NC State -12
#13 NC State heads to Greenville, NC to take on the ECU Pirates in their season-opener.
NC State fan’s are holding their breath, hoping that all the hype the Pack has been getting this offseason is for real. Meanwhile, ECU fans are approaching this one as a nothing-to-lose showdown. Will NC State’s talent, overmatch the Pirates, or will the pressure of being nationally ranked weigh heavy on the Pack?
Getting to know ECU
We broke down ECU, player by player, earlier this morning. But the gist of it is, this is a team coming off a 7-5 season, who believed they are on the rise.
They have a QB (Holton Ahlers) who has been under center for them for over 3 years, and one capable of having a big game. One thing to watch however, is who he’ll be throwing to, as 2 of his favorite targets from a year ago are gone.
And it’s not like ECU doesn’t have a running game. Sophomore Keaton Mitchell was All-AAC last year. This kid is a homerun hitter who can score any time he touches the football.
Defensively this is a team with some turnover, especially in the secondary. This might spell trouble for them since it’s likely Doeren opts to let Devin Leary air it out a bit more this season.
Keys to the game for NC State
Just stay solid on defense. Don’t over-pursue, don’t get caught jumping passes looking for the big play. NC State has a very talented defense, that if it just relies on their talent and playing fundamental football, will be too much for ECU. However, the Pirates have guys who can hurt you, especially Keaton Mitchell.
Offensively, the Pack is going to want to establish a rhythm early. Getting Leary comfortable right off the bat would be ideal. A few short passes to get the offense clicking wouldn’t hurt. It’s also going to be important for NC State to establish the run at some point early on. With a lot of question marks there, it’s likely ECU is going to be sitting back and trying not to let Leary beat them. Meanwhile, a big game from Jordan Houston would go along way in overwhelming the Pirate D.
How to Watch
This game is nationally televised on ESPN. That means, if you have cable or a streaming service that carries ESPN, you’re good. Shouldn’t be very complicated to watch this one. If you don’t have ESPN, then every sports bar in your town will have access to it. Looking for Radio affiliates or anything else related to watching the back, head over to our trusty guide to watching the Pack.
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.