Each week during college football season, columnist Luke DeCock and our college reporters will answer the most important questions of the weekend. Our roundtable discussion begins with what improvements area teams need to make.
Through 14 games under Dave Doeren, N.C. State has been outscored 128-61 in the first quarter and hasn’t led at the half since the Central Michigan game last year. Tackling was a major issue last season and has been in the first half of each of the first two games this season.
In the second half of the Old Dominion game, N.C. State’s defense played better and got more pressure on the quarterback but, in general, the defensive line hasn’t generated enough pressure to force the opponent to go faster than it wants.
This game, with South Florida, and the games with Boston College, Syracuse and Georgia Tech will likely determine’s their bowl fate. That was apparent before the season and has not changed after two games.