Nice analysis of NC State from Rob Lewis

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After what should be a warm-up against Chattanooga to open the season Tennessee will travel to Charlotte to take on the NC State Wolfpack for a neutral site game in the Duke’s Mayo Classic which will be a nationally televised contest.
NC State is coming off a 9-4 campaign in head Coach Dave Doeren’s 11th season leading the Wolfpack.
NC State got off to a fairly dismal 4-3 start in 2023 that included a blowout loss at home to Notre Dame, a 13-10 home loss to Louisville, a last-minute field goal to beat Virginia at home.
The Wolfpack regrouped though and rattled off five straight wins to close the regular season, but missed a chance at a 10-win season with a loss to Kansas State in the Pop Tart Bowl.
Still, NC State closed 2023 with some legit momentum and they’ll be looking to build on that in 2024. The ACC is looking a little wide open, and a win over a ranked Tennessee team in a spot like this could stamp the Wolfpack as an early season contender in that conference.
2023 Record: 9-4 (6-2 ACC)
Head Coach: Dave Doeren (13th year 81-58 at NC State overall, 104-62 overall)

 
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NC State also got lit up by Marshal last season. Not sure I buy the narrative of them having a great defense
Well, back in the day, a Peyton lead team, and a stand-out defense, pizzed their pants against a way inferior Memphis team. The oopsies can happen to anybody. Just ask Michigan about Appalachian State. Or Oklahoma about Boise State, in a bowl game no less.

There was blood on the saddle and blood all around
And a great big puddle of blood on the ground

Oh, pity the cowboy, all bloody and red
For the bronco fell on him and bashed in his head
 
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NC State also got lit up by Marshal last season. Not sure I buy the narrative of them having a great defense
The Marshall Game was one of only 2 games they gave up over 28 points and they won it.. shootouts tend to be that way. They gave up an average of 20 points a game. no one said they had a great defense he said stingy and pointed out it was mostly at the end of the season... their last 5 regular season games they gave up 17, 6, 6, 28, 20 in wins I think that fits the definition. They took 4 L's to decent teams all made bowls and were ranked at some point in the season. It is not like they were struggling against lower competition.

We should and likely will be NC State. The one big advantage and disadvantage we have is we play them week 2. They are bringing in a new QB and pretty much everyone projected to start in their offense outside of one WR and the Oline is new to their program. Thats a lot of people to get up to speed. We on the other hand return mostly guys who have been in the program at least a year and Nico got some PT last year so he is not starting at zero. For both teams I think it comes down to Defenses. They are replacing a lot of their back 7 as are we. NC state went hard in the portal and got some serious guys. The X factor, I think, in this game will be Hollywood Smothers...because that name is just too awesome. All jokes aside if we hear his name a lot we are in trouble.
 
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After what should be a warm-up against Chattanooga to open the season Tennessee will travel to Charlotte to take on the NC State Wolfpack for a neutral site game in the Duke’s Mayo Classic which will be a nationally televised contest.
NC State is coming off a 9-4 campaign in head Coach Dave Doeren’s 11th season leading the Wolfpack.
NC State got off to a fairly dismal 4-3 start in 2023 that included a blowout loss at home to Notre Dame, a 13-10 home loss to Louisville, a last-minute field goal to beat Virginia at home.
The Wolfpack regrouped though and rattled off five straight wins to close the regular season, but missed a chance at a 10-win season with a loss to Kansas State in the Pop Tart Bowl.
Still, NC State closed 2023 with some legit momentum and they’ll be looking to build on that in 2024. The ACC is looking a little wide open, and a win over a ranked Tennessee team in a spot like this could stamp the Wolfpack as an early season contender in that conference.
2023 Record: 9-4 (6-2 ACC)
Head Coach: Dave Doeren (13th year 81-58 at NC State overall, 104-62 overall)

37-13 the Large Orange........
 
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Iowa had a great defense so there's that. We should kick some Wolfpack butt.

GO VOLS!!!

I watched the Citrus Bowl the other day and man oh man did the announcers tout the mighty Iowa defense, over and over and over and over and well, think you get the point, right? What was that final score...????
 
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The Wolfpack...missed a chance at a 10-win season with a loss to Kansas State in the Pop Tart Bowl.
Still, NC State closed 2023 with some legit momentum....

Come on, On3.com, how much momentum can they possibly have if they can't even win the POP TART bowl?

lol.

We're gonna consume the Wolfpack. They won't even know what hit them. NC State is "ACC decent," which puts them at about the level of Vandy or Kentucky, somewhere in that range.

We're gonna roll over them. Double-digit win for sure, maybe four-TD difference at the end of the evening.

Go Vols!
 
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Come on, On3.com, how much momentum can you possibly have if you can't even win the POP TART BOWL?

lol.

We're gonna consume the Wolfpack. They won't even know what hit them. NC State is "ACC decent," which puts them at about the level of Vandy or Kentucky, somewhere in that range.

We're gonna roll over them. Double-digit win for sure, maybe four-TD difference at the end of the evening.

Go Vols!
I do agree, but I do expect them to show flashes early, before our depth starts wearing them down.
 
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Well, back in the day, a Peyton lead team, and a stand-out defense, pizzed their pants against a way inferior Memphis team. The oopsies can happen to anybody. Just ask Michigan about Appalachian State. Or Oklahoma about Boise State, in a bowl game no less.

There was blood on the saddle and blood all around
And a great big puddle of blood on the ground

Oh, pity the cowboy, all bloody and red
For the bronco fell on him and bashed in his head
The difference is Peyton and Tennessee proved themselves against quality competition. While NC State has not. So it’s pretty hard to overlook giving up 41 to Marshal
 
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Reminds me of when we opened the season against NC State in 2012. There was alot of worry about them upsetting us. We were clearly the better team and won 35-21.

I was at that game with my Tennessee Vol wolfpack. NC State had a pre-season DB, Amerson I think was his name and we lit him up from the start.

That was also the Dooley leather football helmet if I'm not mistaken.
 
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Well, back in the day, a Peyton lead team, and a stand-out defense, pizzed their pants against a way inferior Memphis team. The oopsies can happen to anybody. Just ask Michigan about Appalachian State. Or Oklahoma about Boise State, in a bowl game no less.

There was blood on the saddle and blood all around
And a great big puddle of blood on the ground

Oh, pity the cowboy, all bloody and red
For the bronco fell on him and bashed in his head
Was at that Memphis unbelievable loss. A couple of factors took some of the fire out of Tennessee in that game, but we never should have lost that game. Al Wilson was injured ea in the game and did not return. We were sitting close to his mother and she was very upset with hid injury. At halftime, Al had called out Manning and the offense exicuted at about 30% of its potential all day. The play which broke the back of the game was a long punt return where it appeared that the returner ‘s knee was down and the return defense quit on the play. Memphis scored on that play and Tennessee never recovered. I still believe the punt returner was down, but the whistle never blew. That was the most disappointing lost I can remember with the loss to Wyoming in Knoxville being a close second. I understand the halftime locker room that day in Memphis was not a happy Gathering.
 

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