We’ll have more later, but the Wolfpack’s brutal 2010 Football Schedule has been announced with some changes to some of the previous tentative dates. State actually hosts two ESPN televised Thursday night games this year.
Nine of the Wolfpack’s twelve opponents competed in bowl games this past season, and 33% of the schedule (four) finished the season ranked in the final 2009 AP poll: Cincinnati (8th), Virginia Tech (10th), Georgia Tech (13th) and Clemson (24th). State faces the defending champions of three different conferences this year.
The good news is that the Wolfpack will not host a game during the North Carolina State Fair for the second consecutive year.
Pretty interesting timing because earlier today a great conversation started on our message boards about the 2010 season. (Click here for link)
2010 NC State Football Schedule
Sept. 4 WESTERN CAROLINA
Sept. 11 at Central Florida
Sept. 16 CINCINNATI (Thurs-ESPN) 7:30 pm
Sept. 25 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 2 VIRGINIA TECH
Oct. 9 BOSTON COLLEGE
Oct. 16 at East Carolina
Oct. 28 FLORIDA ST. (Thurs- ESPN) 7:30
Nov. 6 at Clemson
Nov. 13 WAKE FOREST
Nov. 20 at North Carolina
Nov. 27 at Maryland
In case you missed it, we had a fantastic national signing day entry on the site yesterday that you can see by clicking here. As it relates to the 2010 season, you may want to pay a little extra attention to the following names:
David Akinniyi â€“ 6â€²4â€³ 250 lb. Defensive End
A.J. Ferguson â€“ 6â€²3â€³ 270 lb. Defensive End
Mikel Overgaard â€“ 6â€²6â€³ 280 lb. Offensive Lineman
Robert Crisp â€“ 6â€²7â€³ 299 lb. Offensive Lineman
Tobias Palmer â€“ 5â€²11â€³ 175 lb. Athlete
Bryan Underwood â€“ 5â€²11â€³ 170 lb. Wide Receiver
Dontae Johnson â€“ 6â€²3â€³ 180 lb. Safety
David Amerson â€“ 6â€²3â€³ 180 lb. Safety
Billy Bennett â€“ 6â€²1â€³ 220 lb. Place Kicker
Mustafa Greene â€“ 6â€²0â€³ 190 lb. Running Back
The size of that^ list of potential contributors as freshmen should be an indicator to you of why NC State is not expecting a breakout 2010 season.
Additionally, ACCNow has this blog entry about the Wolfpack’s schedule:
With two road games outside the ACC, the Wolfpack has six home games, compared to eight last season, and only four on Saturdays.
The two Thursday night games should be fun with Cincinnati, the two-time defending Big East champ, coming in on Sept. 16 and Florida State on Oct. 28.
While Cincinnati has a new coach, Brian Kelly left for Notre Dame after a 12-0 regular season in 2009, the Wolfpack will only have four days after a trip to Central Florida to prepare for the Bearcats.
Two other points of interest: State should start 1-0 for the first time in Tom O’Brien’s fourth season with FCS opponent Western Carolina as the opener. The UNC finale expirement lasted one year. Maryland will close the schedule with the Pack visiting UNC on Nov. 20.
Unless State’s defense makes a dramatic improvement, another middle of the road record, 6-6 give or take one game either way, is to be expected with this schedule.
If you are more interested in the broader schedule of the entire Atlantic Coast Conference then you can click here to the N&O’s blog entry. Don’t forget that the ACC Football Championship is in Charlotte this year on December 4th.