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#18 NC State Wolfpack vs. Charleston Southern
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Raleigh, NC
TV: RSN (Bally Sports South in most of NC)
Line: NC State -44.5

NC State opens things up at Carter-Finley this season with a matchup against Charleston Southern. This is a game where NC State is favored to win by 44.5 points which may seem crazy after they just squeaked by unranked ECU with a 1-point win, but it seems Vegas thinks the Pack is ready to bounce back.

In recent history, the Pack has struggled when coming into a football season with high expectations, and that was the narrative coming into this season. It was hard to believe with so much veteran talent that they would open the season flat again, but it happened. However, this time they were able to escape with a win.

Maybe that was the wake-up call they needed. Maybe today we finally see the all-out assault that we all know this team is capable of. Maybe they’ll have a chip on their shoulder from falling the 3rd most spots of any team in the AP Poll. We’ll have to wait and see.

Getting to know Charleston Southern

The Buccaneers are currently 0-1 after being blown out by Western Carolina 52-38 at home (now does that 44.5 line seem more reasonable?). They are coming off a 4-6 season where they finished 5th in the Big South.

They are going to throw it a lot and they are going to rely on freshman QB Ross Malmgren to handle those duties. He was 30-45 in the opener, good for 392 yards and 5 touchdowns. He did throw 1 INT.

Meanwhile, freshman TJ Ruff will likely get the majority of the carries. In week 1 he had 9 carries for 60 yards.

Honestly, the Charleston Southern offense, led by freshmen, didn’t do too shabby in week 1. It was the defense that really let them down, giving up over 600 total yards and 7 TDs to Western Carolina.

Keys to the game for NC State

Don’t be scared to open things up
We want to see the play calling get a little more exciting. Let Leary, your Heismann candidate QB, take control of the game. Let him take a few deep shots on 1st down. Let’s see what he can do when we put it on his shoulders. Conservative play calling almost cost NC State in week 1, so we’re hoping to see that change.

– Take care of business
If NC State can focus and execute, this is a win. It’s as simple as that. However, I think the fans want to see improvement in almost every aspect of the game this week. A win is great, but if this one is close then we might have a deeper problem. But I don’t think this will be the case. I think NC State comes out with a little something to prove against a team that really doesn’t have the horses to keep up.

– More Slimey Shark? 
NC State fans got to see their first real glimpse of RB Demi Sumo. He essentially split carries with Jordan. Houston, but out-gained him 79 yds to 55. Houston is going to be a big part of this offense and honestly I think there are going to be games where he has the better matchup. However, against these smaller, weaker teams, Sumo might really start to shine.

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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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