Yes, UNC holds a significant advantage over NC State in the overall football series that dates back to 1894: 68-38-6.
That’s pretty lopsided in the favor of the Tar Heels. I won’t deny that.
But, history matters.
Most of UNC’s lead in the series came in the first 45 games…roughly the first 6 decades of the series.
From 1894 to 1940, NC State only won 3 out of the first 34 games they played against UNC (3-25-6). Going forward 15 more years, NC State only won 5 of the first 45 games against UNC.
Prior to the formation of the ACC in 1953, UNC’s record against NC State was 31-5-6.
Things have been much more even between the two rivals since the formation of the ACC, with the Heels holding a slight 37-33 advantage.
After 1953, things were even between the two schools for the first 26 years of the ACC, with NC State and UNC winning 13 games each.
Since then, 3 Wolfpack coaches records against UNC are really the reason NC State has a losing record (33-37) against the Tar Heels in ACC play: Monte Kiffin, Tom Reed and Mike O’Cain.
Kiffin and Reed combined to lose 6 straight to UNC from 1980-85, and Mike O’Cain never beat the Heels, going 0-7 against them from 1993-99.
In between Reed and O’Cain, Dick Sheridan owned UNC, winning 6 out of 7 against the Heels from 1986-92.
After O’Cain, Chuck Amato was 3-4, Tom O’Brien was 5-1 against them, and Dave Doeren is 6-4.
Alright, enough with the history lesson. What’s my point in all this?
Well, we live in a ‘what have you done for me recently’ world.
UNC fans are always pointing out the fact that we have to look back to 1983 and 1974 to relish in our National Championships in basketball, but we haven’t done anything significant since then.
Let me take the same logic with football.
You have to go back a long time on the gridiron since UNC has dominated NC State.
Here’s what NC State has done against UNC recently.
NC State has won 2 in a row against UNC.
NC State has won 3 of the last 5 against UNC.
NC State has won 5 of the last 7 against UNC.
NC State has won 6 of the last 10 against UNC.
NC State has won 10 of the last 15 games against UNC.
If you’re a recruit in the state of North Carolina, know this…in your lifetime, the boys in Red have had the number of the boys in baby Blue. Choose wisely.
NC State’s 2023 Football Schedule has Arrived!
NC State’s 2023 Football schedule was released yesterday.
- NC State will play all three in-state ACC rivals: UNC, Duke and Wake Forest
- NC State has two Friday night games back to back: UVA & Louisville
- NC State will play Quarterback Brennan Armstrong’s former team UVA on 9/22.
- NC State will host Notre Dame for the 2nd time ever, and will face a familiar face in former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman.
- In the first year without Divisions in the ACC, 5 of NC State’s 8 conference opponents will be teams that were in the Coastal Division last year: UVA, UNC, Miami, Duke, VT.
- The three former Atlantic Division opponents are: Clemson, Wake Forest and Louisville
NC State’s 2023 Football Recruiting Class has the Most 4-Star Players in the Dave Doeren Era
NC State’s 2023 football recruiting class is currently ranked 30th nationally by ON3, but I think you can make an argument that this could be Dave Doeren’s best class since he’s been in Raleigh.
Currently, 9 of the 18 players that make up the class (not including collegiate transfers) are 4-star prospects. You would think a class that included 9 4-star prospects would be ranked higher than 30th, but the reason it isn’t, is because different recruiting services rank players differently.
This is the most 4-star players that Doeren has ever had in a single class.
2023 – 9
2022 – 7
2021 – 8
2020 – 3
2019 – 7
2018 – 6
2017 – 4
2016 – 2
2015 – 5
2014 – 6
2013 – 2
4-Star Players in the Wolfpack’s 2023 Recruiting Class
Safety Daemon Fagan (247, ON3, Rivals & ESPN)
Tight End Javonte Vereen (ON3 & ESPN)
Safety Zack Myers (247 & Rivals)
Running Back Kendrick Raphael (ESPN & Rivals)
JUCO Defensive Lineman Jykeveous Hibbler (ESPN)
JUCO Safety Bishop Fitzgerald (ON3)
Offensive Lineman Darion Rivers (ON3)
Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion (Rivals)
Cornerback Brandon Cisse (ON3)
Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins Commits to FIU
Former NC State Defensive End Claude Larkins has committed to play for Florida International University.
— FIU Football (@FIUFootball) January 17, 2023
On January 1st, Larkins made it official that he was entering the Transfer Portal.
Larkins only played 11 snaps in 1 game this season (Charleston Southern), and recorded 1 tackle. In 2021, he played 16 snaps in 1 game and recorded 2 tackles.
He was a 3-star recruit out of Hollywood, Florida, in the 2020 recruiting class, so heading to Miami puts him at around an hour from his hometown.
Larkins has three years of eligibility remaining.
NC State will Host Notre Dame for their 2023 Football Home Opener
It’s official. NC State’s football home opener will be against Notre Dame next Fall.
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) January 18, 2023
The Wolfpack defense will see a familiar face across the line of scrimmage throwing the pigskin. Former Wake Forest Quarterback Sam Hartman transferred to play for the Irish for his final year of eligibility.
This will mark the 4th time Hartman has faced NC State in his career.
Notre Dame finished the 2022 season ranked 18th in the AP Poll, with a 9-4 record.
This will mark the 4th time the Wolfpack have played the Irish, and the second time at home. The other time Notre Dame came to Raleigh, NC State won 10-3 in a hurricane. The Wolfpack have won 2 of their 3 games against the Irish.
The Wolfpack’s other non-conference opponents in 2023 will be at UCONN, and VMI and Marshall at home.