CFN's Take: NC State vs. Wofford

The College Football News staff takes a closer look at this weekend's game between NC State (0-2) and Wofford (2-0).

Wofford (2-0) at NC State (0-2) 6:00 PM

Why to Watch: How often do you get a chance to watch a game between two schools which haven’t met in 87 years? Not too often, so why not see if the Terriers, ranked 11th in I-AA, can avenge a 90-7 spanking absorbed in 1920? NC State doesn’t care about margin of victory. The 0-2 Wolfpack is just looking for its first win under new coach Tom O’Brien, but given the Southern Conference’s success so far against I-A schools (hello, Appalachian State!), don’t rule out the Terriers, who have won seven in a row.

Why Wofford Might Win: The Terriers average 359.0 rushing yards per game, and the Wolfpack surrenders 218.5, so there is an opportunity for the Wofford ground-based attack to thrive. Backs Kevious Johnson, Jeremy Marshall and Michael Hobbs have each rushed for at least 100 yards this season, while QB Josh Collier has two TDs on the ground. Wofford is also an opportunistic team, with a plus-5 turnover ratio, a good thing, since the Wolfpack is minus-8 in that department. Wofford has also been successful against the run, allowing only 107.0 a game, not good news for a State team that has managed just 70.5 yards in two games.

Why North Carolina State Might Win: Even though Wofford isn’t a pushover, the Pack should be too strong, particularly since three of the Terriers’ offensive linemen weigh 285 pounds or less. QB Harrison Beck piled up plenty of passing yardage in last week’s loss to Boston College, with 321 yards. NC State is 14th nationally in passing, and Wofford has let up 276.5 yards per game through the air. And junior Andre Brown has stepped up well at running back, with 136 yards and a TD, in relief of injured starter Toney Baker. Also, the NC State defensive front will be fortified by the return of Alan Michael Cash, who missed last week’s loss due to his father’s funeral.

Whom to Watch: After practice Tuesday, Wolfpack QB Harrison Beck had a conversation with O’Brien and said he understood that he hadn’t played well, and that he would improve. That wasn’t a bad idea after Beck threw five interceptions against Boston College. The Nebraska transfer has a good arm and the ability to get the ball downfield, but he must be more accurate (55.1%) and less prone to making bad decisions.

What Will Happen: Wofford will be able to run the ball a bit, but NC State will make too much progress through the air to be denied.

CFN Prediction: NC State 24 … Wofford 13 ... Line: No Line

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