Eight of the Wolfpack's 12 upcoming opponents competed in postseason play last season, including a national champion and seven bowl teams.
The Wolfpack will kick off Chuck Amato's seventh campaign on September 2 at home against defending I-AA National Champion Appalachian State, and then will play host to Akron the following weekend. The ACC schedule opens on Sept. 23, when Boston College makes its first-ever visit to Carter-Finley Stadium. That game will mark the first of three back-to-back home league games, as Florida State will visit on Oct. 5 for an ESPN Thursday night contest, and then Wake Forest will be in town on Oct. 14.
For the third straight season, NC State will not face Duke, but will play Virginia (in Charlottesville on Oct. 28) after a two-year hiatus. The Pack will face four teams from the state of North Carolina (App. State, Wake Forest, UNC and East Carolina). Opponents Akron, Southern Miss, Boston College, Florida State, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Clemson were all bowl teams in 2005.
2006 NC State Football Schedule
Sept. 2 Appalachian State Sept. 9 Akron Sept. 16 @ Southern Miss Sept. 23 Boston College Sept. 30 OPEN Oct. 5 (Thurs) Florida State Oct. 14 Wake Forest Oct. 21 @ Maryland Oct. 28 @ Virginia Nov. 4 Georgia Tech Nov. 11 @ Clemson Nov. 18 @ North Carolina Nov. 25 East Carolina