"Its the most important game in the season because it's the next game," said Watson. "Despite what's happened and things not turning out the way we wanted them to, it's still an important game. We have to prepare ourselves to finish the season strong."
NC State is now 3-6 on the season with three games left to play. If they lose another then there will be no bowl game. Does that put added pressure on the team?
"It depends on how you look at it," Watson said. "I think every game should have some sort of pressure but we still have to take it one game at a time.
"Personally, I'm going to prepare and play the best that I can. A bowl game would be great, but I'm thinking short-term right now."
Watson knows where the offense has to improve. NC State ranks No. 96 nationally in scoring offense (22.7 points per game) and has not scored over 20 points in the five-game losing streak.
He believes problems on third down and in the redzone continue to haunt the Wolfpack, but Watson also has noticed an area where they have improved.
"You win the game during the week of practice," said Watson. "We have to work hard at finishing blocks and straining to finish drives. Third-and-short and the redzone is where we need to improve the most.
"I do think the offensive line has really stepped up. They played a great game last week. I'm really proud of how they've stepped up their play the last few games."
You can tell Watson is frustrated right now. He just smiled when asked how frustrating it has been to lose five of six games this season when either trailing by a touchdown or less in the fourth quarter.
"It's frustrating," he replied. "The record could be completely different because of a matter of plays... just a few plays. That's what is frustrating the most, to lose just because of a play here or there.
"Like at Duke, we had some big plays, but it came down to finishing. We had a few mistakes at the end of the game and weren't able to capitalize at times when we had the chance."
The offense has turned their attention to this weekend's game at Boston College. The Eagles rank No. 93 nationally in total defense, as they have allowed 436.7 yards per game.
What does Watson think of the group?
"They are big and fast," he said. "No. 91 is a great player. He's explosive and plays to the whistle. We definitely have to block him well, and the other players on the defense.
"They use an odd front, the linebackers flow back and forth and downhill well... good defensive ends, always big. They look like the BC teams that we always play."