NC State was scheduled to play USF on the road in 2024, but that game has been moved back to 2029.
USF has moved a few dates with ACC opponents.
The biggest move is Miami at USF, which will be played earlier than expected as the date shifts from 2027 to 2024. pic.twitter.com/LtkTBd21n2
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) February 14, 2023
As a result, NC State is now on the lookout to fill 2 spots for non-conference opponents in 2024. The only two non-conference games locked in at this point for 2024 is Western Carolina and Louisiana Tech at home.
It has been rumored that NC State could open the 2024 season playing Tennessee in Charlotte, but it hasn’t been confirmed.
NC State Wants Pop Tarts
NC State wants Pop Tarts. Who doesn’t?
According to Brad Crawford of 247Sports, NC State has requested the Pop Tarts Bowl, which will be played on December 28th in Orlando, Florida.
You might be like, I’ve never heard of the Pop-Tarts bowl. That’s because this is the first rendition of the Pop Tarts Bowl, but it used to go by other names you might be familiar with: Cheez-It, Camping World, Russell Athletic, Champs Sports, Tangerine, Micron PC, Carquest, and Blockbuster (the last three were when the bowl was in Miami).
Below is an updated list of 15 bowl projections, with 12 of the 15 picking NC State to go to the Pop-Tarts Bowl.
(The three above the line have changed their projections since my last bowl projections post on 11/28.)
The Athletic – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
CBS Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl vs. Oklahoma State – January 1st – Tampa, FLA
College Football News – Pop Tarts Bowl vs. Kansas State – December 29th – Jacksonville, FLA
OddShark – Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl – NC State vs. Rutgers – December 28th – New York City, New York
Covers.com – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
USA Today – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
247Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Athlon – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
ESPN – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
ESPN – Gator Bowl – NC State vs. Tennessee – December 29th – Jacksonville, FLA
Sporting News – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Fox Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Action Network – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
College Football Network – Sun Bowl – NC State vs. USC – December 29th, El Paso, TX
Betting Pros – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
NC State to Have an In-Home Visit with Coastal Carolina Transfer QB Grayson McCall
According to ON3, NC State is set to make an in-home visit with Coastal Carolina Transfer Quarterback Grayson McCall this weekend.
McCall was the Sun Belt Player of the year in 2000, 2021 and 2022. He didn’t play the final 5 games of the season due to injury this year, and prior to injury, the numbers weren’t on par with prior years. It was also his first year with Tim Beck as Coastal’s head coach.
After last season, McCall entered the Transfer Portal, and there was speculation that he would transfer to Auburn. In the end, McCall pulled his name out of the portal.
I was interested to see how the Wolfpack coaches would fill the QB void. Would you go get a 4 or 5 star Quarterback who has been stuck in a backup roll with numerous years of eligibility, or would they go get an elite graduate transfer with one year remaining?
McCall is one of the Top-7 Quarterbacks that have entered the Portal thus far.
NC State WR Kevin Concepcion is 1 of 5 Finalists for the Shaun Alexander Award
NC State Sensation Kevin Concepcion has been chosen as 1 of 5 finalists for the 2023 Shaun Alexander Award, which is given out annually to the best Freshman in college football.
Congratulations to this year’s Shaun Alexander Award Top 5 Finalists!
Rueben Bain Jr. DE @ruebenbainjr
Kevin Concepcion WR @kcthekid2
Caleb Downs DB @caleb_downs2
Dillon Thieneman DB @DillonThieneman
Noah Fifita QB @thenoah_fifita1#FPOY #PrinceOfCollegeFootball #TOP5… pic.twitter.com/DyPxFshdKE
— Shaun Alexander (@shaunalexander) December 1, 2023
Concepcion is joined by Miami Defensive End Rueben Bain Jr., Alabama Defensive Back Caleb Downs, Purdue Defensive Back Dillon Thieneman and Arizona Quarterback Noah Fifita.
Here’s how Concepcion compares to the other finalists. Concepcion is ELITE, but this is pretty stiff competition. All 5 of these Freshman balled out in 2023, but obviously I’m biased. Give the trophy to KC!
Kevin Concepcion – PFF – 78.4
Rueben Bain – PFF – 79.3
Caleb Downs – PFF – 87.1
Dillon Thieneman – PFF – 89.8
Noah Fifita – PFF – 81.8
NC State OL Lyndon Cooper Enters the Transfer Portal
NC State Redshirt Sophomore Center/Guard Lyndon Cooper Announced today that he is entering the Transfer Portal.
As a child of god, you are greatly blessed, highly favored and deeply loved (Ephesians 1:6 niv) ✞
“God guide me through this unknown journey and allow me to continue to learn and grow as a man” pic.twitter.com/KkHYhY4iJf
— Coop (@LyndonCooper5) December 1, 2023
Cooper entered Fall Camp as the projected starter at Left Guard, but suffered an injury that kept him out of the UCONN game. He played in the Notre Dame game, but by the next game against VMI, he had moved into the starting role at Left Guard. That was short lived, because Cooper was needed to move in to play Center for the injured Dylan McMahon. Cooper started for two games for McMahon, but when McMahon returned, Cooper found himself without a starting job, because Anthony Carter Jr. had locked up the Left Guard position. After that, Cooper didn’t play against Miami, Wake Forest, and UNC, and only played a combined 13 snaps against Virginia Tech and Clemson. According to ProFootballFocus, Cooper struggled this year, posting a grade of 49.1, which is the 3rd lowest of any Wolfpack player with 100+ snaps.
Cooper was a 3-Star prospect in the Wolfpack’s 2021 recruiting class out of Carrollton, Georgia, where MJ Morris also played. He will have 2 years to play 2 years of eligibility.
NC State has had 15 players enter the Transfer Portal
WR Terrell Timmons
LB Torren Wright
NT C.J. Clark
QB MJ Morris
S Jakeen Harris
TE Cedd Seabrough
WR Porter Rooks
DB Nate Evans
LB Daejuan Thompson
RB Jordan Houston
RB Michael Allen
DB Darius Edmundson
WR Anthony Smith
TE Christopher Toudle