Wolfpack Battle Jayhawks in Tangerine Bowl

The Tangerine Bowl between NC State (7-5) and Kansas (6-6) takes place today at 5:30 PM. Here's the game preview from StateFans.

The Game: NC State (7-5) vs. Kansas (6-6) December 22nd @ 5:30 PM

Location: Orlando, Florida -- Citrus Bowl Stadium(70,000)

Saturday's Forecast: Should be a cool day in Orlando with partly cloudy skies and a high of 53 degrees. 0% chance of precipitation with virtually no winds.

TV/Radio Coverage: The Game is televised on ESPN. It's being broadcast locally via the radio on the Wolfpack Radio Sports Network.

Vegas Line: NC State -11.5 O/U: 64

Injury Updates

NC State

OUT
OL Ricky Fowler
RB Josh Brown


Kansas

PROBABLE
DT Travis Watkins

Team Leaders

NC State


Passing – Philip Rivers (4016 yards 71% 29 TD 7 Int)
Rushing – T.A. McLendon (536 yards 4.4 avg 7 TD)
Receiving – Jerricho Cotchery (73 rec 1198 yards 9 TD) Tramain Hall (65 rec 753 yards 7 TD)
Defense – Andre Maddox (132 tackles 8.5 TFL 2 sacks) Pat Thomas (119 tackles 15.5 TFL 8 sacks) Mario Williams (48 tackles 12 TFL 4 sacks)
Kicking – Adam Kiker (12-16 FG 48-51 XP)

Kansas

Passing – Bill Whittemore (2142 yards 63% 16 TD 4 Int)
Rushing – Clark Green (661 yards 4.6 avg 6 TD)
Receiving – Charles Gordon (56 rec 696 yards 4 TD)
Defense – Brando Perkins ( 7 sacks) Gabe Toomey (118 tackles 10 TFL)
Kicking – Johnny Beck (8-15 FG 31-34 XP)

Two Key Match-ups To Watch

When NC State has the ball…
RB TA McLendon vs. Gabe Toomey

The Kansas defense is led by it's strong linebacker corp, headlined by Gabe Toomey. McLendon needs to have a big game for the Wolfpack, and to do so it's going to come against one of the better group of linebackers in the Big 12 conference.

When Kansas has the ball…
QB Bill Whittemore vs. NC State secondary

The key to beating Kansas will be stopping Whittemore, their outstanding quarterback. The NC State secondary will be without DB Greg Golden, who has been sent home for unspecified reasons, and will likely start Dovonte Edwards and Lamont Reid. If the secondary can keep Whitemore and the offense in check, NC State could go home with the Tangerine Bowl victory.

Keep Your Eye On

NC State QB Philip Rivers – In the last game of his brilliant career, expect Rivers to come out with his "A" game. The talented QB will try to go out on a high-note and beating the Jayhawks in the Tangerine Bowl would do just that.

Kansas QB Bill Whittemore – Whittemore has missed 4 games to injury this season and it's no secret that the Jayhawks are a better team with the talented dual-threat quarterback on the field. He can beat teams with his arm or his legs,

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