According to the local media reports, the Wolfpack will host Middle Tennessee State on November 19th and using the September 10th weekend as an open date. NC State had to schedule the MTSU game because of Temple backing out of their September 10th matchup with the Wolfpack.
Temple was originally set to play NC State on September 10th and Middle Tennessee State on September 24th. However, the Owls are close to being accepted into the Mid-American Conference and agreed with the league to play Western Michigan on September 24th and Wisconsin on September 10th.
An official announcement on the Middle Tennessee State game and ticket sales could come as early as this week.
NC State's 2005 schedule now provides Wolfpack fans with seven home games at Carter-Finley Stadium and a pair of Thursday night league contests that will be held back-to-back.
Next fall's slate begins with a bang when defending ACC champ Virginia Tech comes to Raleigh on Sunday, September 4th. The Wolfpack was the only conference team to defeat the Hokies last season. NC State's non-conference slate features home games against Eastern Kentucky (9/17), Southern Mississippi (10/29), and now Middle Tennessee State (11/19).
On Thursday October 6, NC State will be in Atlanta for a nationally televised (ESPN) battle with Georgia Tech. The very next Thursday, the Wolfpack will be back on ESPN, this time at home versus Clemson.
2005 NC State Football Schedule
Sept. 4 Virginia Tech
Sept. 10 Bye
Sept. 17 Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 24 North Carolina
Sept. 31 Bye
Oct. 6 (Thurs) @ Georgia Tech
Oct. 13 (Thurs) Clemson
Oct. 22 @ Wake Forest
Oct. 29 Southern Mississippi
Nov. 5 @ Florida State
Nov. 12 @ Boston College
Nov. 19 Middle Tennessee State
Nov. 26 Maryland