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Initial Thoughts and Reactions to NC State’s Loss at Duke

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Alright, this is always risky. Publishing words after going through the emotional turmoil of watching a dismal NC State performance is always risky.

NC State lost to #17 Duke 24-3 on the road tonight. The Wolfpack were 4-point underdogs, despite the fact that Blue Devils’ starting Quarterback Riley Leonard was out. Coming into the game, the feeling was NC State had a shot in this one. 4 of the 5 fellas at College Gameday picked the Wolfpack over the Blue Devils.

After NC State picked off Henry Belin IV on the opening drive of the game, and Brayden Narveson set a new NC State record, with a 57-yard field goal, things were looking up.

That’s the last time anything positive happened in the game.

Here’s a look at NC State’s drives after the field goal.

The score easily should have been 31-3. Duke returned a punt for a touchdown, that was called back because of a hold that was nowhere near the action.

Duke’s QB completed 4 passes and the Blue Devils produced 24 points.

NC State had 11 penalties for a total of 87 yards. The Wolfpack receivers dropped pass after pass. Seemingly every time NC State was about to get a first down, a yellow flag was on the field, or the ball went through the hands of a receiver.

The offensive line was dismal. Why the coaching staff didn’t load up on O-Lineman in the Portal this offseason is beyond me.

This defense continues to give up explosive plays. One touchdown was a 69 yard pass, where Rente Hinton was toasted on a double move. Another touchdown was an 83-yard touchdown run by Jordan Waters, where he ran up the middle of the field like the Red Sea had been split wide open.

NC State won the time of possession battle, controlling the ball for almost 14 more minutes than Duke. They had 6 more first downs. But nothing was able to be done with any of it.

The Offense was bad. The Defense was bad.

Sincerely one of the worst NC State performances I can remember, and I did watch the Louisville game a few weeks back.

I always think it’s fascinating to look at the 247Sports Talent Composite Rankings. It ranks how talented a teams roster is based off of recruiting rankings. NC State’s team is the 7th most talented in the ACC according to rankings, and Duke ranks 12th.

Mike Elko is only in his 2nd season at Duke. Before he arrived, the Blue Devils were 3-9 in 2021. They went 9-4 in his first season, and are 5-1 in 2023, and are ranked 17th in the nation.

He’s doing an incredible job, making the most of what he has. NC State’s coaches aren’t.

 

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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WATCH: PackInsider’s Kevin Concepcion Freshman Highlight Reel

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Kevin Concepcion had one of the best seasons by a Freshman in the history of the NC State football program. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors. Concepcion finished his first collegiate season with 71 receptions for 839 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed the ball for 320 yards, averaging 7.8 yards per carry. Concepcion broke NC State’s Freshman records for receptions and touchdown receptions.

Check out PackInsider’s Highlight Reel of Kevin Concepcion’s Freshman season ABOVE.

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Vegas is Higher on NC State Heading Into 2024 Than They Were Heading Into Last Year

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The bookmakers in Las Vegas have released their odds for total regular season wins for the 2024 College Football season, and NC State is sitting at 8.5. For perspective, entering the 2023 season, the number was 6.5, and the Wolfpack went on to win 9.

Here’s a look at Vegas’ opinion of the rest of the ACC heading into 2024:

FSU – 9.5
Clemson – 9.5
Miami – 9.5
NC State – 8.5
Louisville – 8.5
UNC – 8.5
SMU – 7.5
Virginia Tech – 7.5
Duke – 6.5
California – 6.5
Syracuse – 6.5
Pitt – 5.5
Georgia Tech – 5.5
Boston College – 4.5
Virginia – 4.5
Wake Forest – 4.5
Stanford – 3.5

(FanDuel)

What are your thoughts? Are you taking the Over or the Under on NC State? Or what are your thoughts on any of the other teams?

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ESPN Includes NC State in Their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25

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ESPN recently released their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25, and they ranked NC State 18th.

1. Georgia
2. Ohio State
3. Oregon
4. Texas
5. Notre Dame
6. Ole Miss
7. Mizzou
8. Penn State
9. Alabama
10. Utah
11. Arizona
12. LSU
13. Michigan
14. Oklahoma
15. Florida State
16. Tennessee
17. Oklahoma State
18. NC State
19. Clemson
20. Kansas State
21. Louisville
22. Kansas
23. Kentucky
24. Miami
25. Texas A&M

ACC Teams in the Way-Too-Early Top-25

15. FSU
18. NC State
19. Clemson
21. Louisville
24. Miami

Here’s what they had to say about the Wolfpack:

18. NC State Wolfpack

Previous ranking: 20

2023 record: 9-4, 6-2 ACC

Winter update: The Wolfpack should be much more explosive on offense after adding former Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall and some nice playmakers around him. McCall passed for more than 10,000 yards with 106 total touchdowns with the Chanticleers. The Wolfpack also added Jordan Waters, who was Duke’s leading rusher with 819 yards and 12 scores in 2023. Eight new receivers are coming in, including Noah Rogers (Ohio State) and Wesley Grimes (Wake Forest). Tight end Justin Joly was very productive at UConn. Safety Donovan Kaufman (Auburn) and cornerbacks Tamarcus Cooley (Maryland) and Devon Marshall (Villanova) might help fill some holes in the secondary. (ESPN)

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247Sports Includes NC State in Their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Top-25

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247Sports has released their updated 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Top-25, after signing day and coaching changes, and they included NC State at #21.

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ACC Teams in the Way-Too-Early Top-25

12. Miami

15. Clemson

18. FSU

20. Louisville

21. NC State

23. Virginia Tech

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