The Pack needed a frenetic fourth-quarter rally to avert disaster, a comeback second-year coach Dave Doeren hopes can be a turning point for his inconsistent team.
Old Dominion began life as a Conference USA member by outclassing Howard, 41-28. A trip to Raleigh provides a chance for a first-ever win over a Power Five team.
Why Old Dominion Might Win: The Monarchs harbor the better quarterback in this game, and possibly the better overall attack. Taylor Heinicke is a proven playmaker, who will not be rattled by an ACC team. The Pack did not get to the quarterback last weekend, a concern with Heinicke coming to Carter-Finley.
Why NC State Might Win: The ODU offense is FBS-Caliber. The D, though, most certainly is not. Remember, this Monarch defense is a slightly older version of the one that yielded 80 to North Carolina to close 2013.
The Pack will pick up where it left off in Week 1 behind the running of Shadrach Thornton and the passing of Jacoby Brissett to Matt Dayes and rookie Bo Hines.
Who To Watch Out For: Pack DT T.Y. McGill played well versus Georgia Southern, but now he has to turn more pressures into sacks. Old Dominion will give the senior that opportunity since they’ll throw about three times more than GSU did on Saturday.
What’s Going To Happen: Roster-wise, Old Dominion is still kind of an FCS team, with one special player. Heinicke will keep things close for a while, but the Monarch D won’t pull its weight, as NC State builds on last week’s strong finish.
Prediction: NC State 38, Old Dominion 27