N.C. State’s football team hits the reset button in 2019 with a new quarterback, overhauled offense and new faces on Dave Doeren’s coaching staff.
The remodeled Wolfpack will face five teams in 2019 with new coaches including the opener against East Carolina (Aug. 31) and the regular-season finale against rival North Carolina (Nov. 30).
West Virginia, Georgia Tech and Louisville are the other teams with first-year coaches on N.C. State’s schedule.
The Wolfpack has seven home games scheduled highlighted by a visit from Clemson (Nov. 9), the 2018 national champions. The Tigers have been tested in their two most recent visits to Carter-Finley Stadium but won last year’s game handily (41-7) in Death Valley.
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N.C. State, off of back-to-back 9-win seasons, also has two Thursday night dates. The Wolfpack hosts Syracuse on Oct. 10 and travels to Georgia Tech on Nov. 21.
One early complaint from fans: Only one home game in October and it’s not on a Saturday.
at West Virginia, Sept. 14
Finally? Weather-permitting, West Virginia and N.C. State will get together in Morgantown. Last year’s meeting in Raleigh was scotched by Hurricane Florence. The Mountaineers are in “rebuild mode” after coach Dana Holgorsen exited for Houston and quarterback Will Grier is off to the NFL.
There’s some built-in prep time, since this is a season with two open dates (14 weeks to play 12 games), but the Syracuse-Boston College-Wake Forest-Clemson run from Oct. 10 through Nov. 9 is something. Syracuse loses quarterback Eric Dungey but will still have a high-flying offense. The road games at BC and Wake are almost always land mines.
What else can you say about Clemson? The Tigers’ defense will be different but the offense, in Year 2 of Trevor Lawrence, will be downright terrifying.
at Georgia Tech, Nov. 21 (Thursday)
The Wolfpack travels to Atlanta for an ACC game with Georgia Tech for the first time since 2010.
It could be a bumpy transition for the Yellow Jackets from Paul Johnson’s option offense to a new scheme under coach Geoff Collins.
N.C. State’s bowl math likely needs to include a road win. Given the Wolfpack’s historic problems at Wake Forest and Boston College, the most logical option is against the Jackets.
One to skip
Western Carolina, Sept. 7
There are three directional Carolinas on N.C. State’s schedule. The date with Western Carolina might be a good weekend for a late summer beach trip.
The Catamounts were outscored 114 to 36 by two pretty bad UNC teams in 2017 and ‘18 and lost to a weak ECU team, 52-7 in 2016.
Aug. 31 East Carolina
Sept. 7 Western Carolina
Sept. 14 at West Virginia
Sept. 21 Ball State
Sept. 28 at Florida State
Oct. 5 OPEN
Oct. 10 Syracuse (Thursday)
Oct. 19 at Boston College
Oct. 26 OPEN
Nov. 2 at Wake Forest
Nov. 9 Clemson
Nov. 16 Louisville
Nov. 21 at Georgia Tech (Thursday)
Nov. 30 North Carolina
ave Doeren completes NC State football staff