Not a complete prediction
Posted by D.Medlin on September 30, 2009
I’ve does some thinking early on this week about the Wake Forest game and all I’ve really been able to come up with is that the N.C. State defense is going to face probably its toughest test of the season. All the same old rules about how to win football games apply, but the defense will have to play well.
Wake Forest has the No. 1 offense in the ACC, averaging more than 400 yards per game. And it’s not that 400+ yards a game is all that impressive, it’s the way Wake Forest gets those yards. All the reverses and speed sweeps and reverse passes make the Deacons offense tough to prepare for. The Wolfpack will have to play very disciplined and not give up big plays. As of this morning I think that’s one of the major keys to the game.
A part of me wants to say that N.C. State should win by 10 points or so Saturday, but I’m just not going to do it — at least not yet.
On a side note, here’s an interesting thought that I’ve talked with a couple people about during this week. I had a conversation with a friend who lives on the West Coast (and is a huge Pac-10 homer) asked he me what team(s) in the ACC are good. My first question for him was what is good? I’m not so sure there are any elite teams in the ACC at this point. There may not be one in December. Virginia Tech is at the top of the list right now, but Tyrod Taylor is a head case. If they play someone they can’t run the ball against, the Hokies could be in trouble. Other than that, there are a bunch of mediocre to above average teams who have the potential to be good. N.C. State is in that group. Because there aren’t any teams who have separated themselves from the group, the ACC season is more than likely going to be the definition of a roller coaster ride. Should be fun.