N.C. State Wolfpack vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Battle of the 5-4′s
North Carolina State Wolfpack hosts the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-4, 3-4) Saturday, Oct. 10 at Carter-Finley Stadium at 3:00 p.m. on ESPN 3 with possibility of bowl eligible to the winner. The Wolfpack are coming off a disappointing 33-6 loss to Virginia dropping them to 2-3 in the conference.
Historically, N.C State has dominated the series between the two. The inconsistency of the Wolfpack has been noticed in the second half of the schedule; after knocking off then No. 3 Florida State the team performance has been up and down.
N.C. State’s quarterback, Mike Glennon, will have the responsibility of getting it to the WR duo of Quinton Payton and Bryan Underwood in the passing game. Which shouldn’t being a problem seeing that it’s their bread and butter all year. Without a running game Glennon has completed 509 of his passes for 2,652 yards and 20 touchdowns. An advantage for State going against the Demon Deacons defense which allows 28 points and 516.7 yards per game . Surprisingly, the defense create turnovers to make up for the charitable yards they give up.
Offensively, Wake Forest have the talented wide receiver Michael Campanaro. Last week he tied an ACC record hauling in 16 receptions for a productive 123 yards and 3 touchdowns after missing two games due to injury. Getting him the ball is quarterback, Tanner Price, whose been managing well, to be fair, despite the horrendous running game ranking 110th nationally.
O’Brien and company will also need to have a Herm Edwards kind of talk with the secondary. Although, the State has one the most opportunistic defenders in, David Amerson, they’re in last place allowing 269.2 yards against the pass. To be frank, the communication has to be cleaned up to elevate giving up the big momentum plays that swing games for the worst. If Glennon can have a big game while keeping the ball away from the defense, State should carry out the assignment of winning.