Maybe facing a ranked out-of-conference opponent at home can't motivate John Bunting's team to compete. But the Wolfpack will this weekend. Amato better have his sunglasses and working-girl red slippers polished. And State better play like it did in the second half against Wake.
Carter: Can't see TV: State-Carolina
Rocky Mount Telegram
Jarwarski Pollock (Southeast) saved his best game of the season for his home state team. The North Carolina senior wide receiver gave the vaunted Florida State defense fits, catching eight passes for 100 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter
Pollock gives Seminoles' defense fits
Amato and Bunting will shake hands on Saturday night at Kenan Stadium, then try to outcoach each other when N.C. State (3-1) and UNC (2-3) attempt to entertain us in a football game that clearly favors Amato's kids.
Dascenzo: World of difference between Pack, Heels
Five turnovers and 14 penalties cost N.C. State a chance to beat Ohio State three weeks ago at Carter-Finley Stadium, and the team's nine penalties for 66 yards had a lot to do with the Pack's struggle to beat Wake Forest 27-21 in overtime last weekend.
Penalty-prone Pack very lucky
State is second in the nation in defense and second in penalties. The Pack is 3-1 and could be 1-3 but for a Virginia Tech kick that sailed a foot wide and a third-and-31 pass that gained 58 yards and set up a touchdown Saturday against Wake Forest.
Just how good is the Pack?
Raleigh News & Observer
Since being held out of the season opener against Richmond because of a strained hamstring, McLendon has shown toughness and durability. Against Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, he has averaged 23 carries and 108.7 yards, making him the ACC rushing leader.
McLendon packs a punch
Raleigh News & Observer
Dovonte Edwards knew he would get a lot of flak from people four years ago when he made the decision. That's expected when you're a standout high school football player in Chapel Hill who shuns the hometown Tar Heels to attend N.C. State.
Changes have dictated Edwards' career so far
Greensboro News & Record
Carolina currently ranks 107th in total defense, giving up 456.2 yards a game. The Tar Heels rank just a spot higher on run defense, at 106 out of 117. Despite the lack of success and his fading job security, Bunting refuses to allow the team to give up.
Tar Heel defense needs reworking