The problem with North Carolina State is that if you take away the running game, you have to find a way to stop Philip Rivers. This puts the defensive coaches in a no-win situation. "Do you want to get bit by a rattlesnake or a copperhead", asked Defensive Coordinator Lyle Setencich. Rivers showed an ability to make miraculous passes against the Ohio State defense. The secondary is going to have to find a way to keep the North Carolina State receivers in check because the front seven will be focused on the run game.
The good news is that the Red raiders don't need to totally shut down the North Carolina State offense. If they can limit the number of big plays, they should have a pretty successful day. North Carolina State is one of those teams that relies on big plays instead of sustained drives. Don't be surprised to see the Texas Tech defense put on a much better showing than they did in this game last year. I expect they will continue to generate turnovers, especially if North Carolina State is forced to throw the ball most of the time.