A couple of times a year we highlight the current/known future opponents on the Wolfpackâ€™s out of conference football schedule just to keep the the information fresh and accessible to our readers. In light of this weekend’s trip to Greenville and the recent announcement on September 15th that NC Stateâ€™s future series with Oklahoma State has been cancelled, we thought we would follow-up and share the current nature of the future schedule as we currently understand it:
NC State’s current Non-Conference Football Opponents
2011: @Cincinnati, South Alabama, Liberty, Central Michigan
2012: Tennessee (Atlanta), @ UConn, South Alabama, The Citadel
2013: Central Michigan, @ Pittsburgh, ECU, Richmond
2014: @ South Florida, @ Central Michigan, Presbyterian
2015: @ South Alabama
2016: @ ECU
2017: @ LSU
A couple of quick comments, some of which come from some of our previous entries on the topic:
- Not sure if I see State ever actually traveling to South Alabama in 2015. That feels like a game from which one might ultimately buy out.
- I hope nothing changes with the LSU series like our Notre Dame and Tennessee seriesâ€™.
- Where is the home game as reciprocity for our trip to UConn in 2012.
- Right now, the most appealing road game on the horizon is a 2013 visit to Heinz field to play Pitt while breaking in a new quarterback (the year after Glennonâ€™s R-Sr season)
- In an entry just like this a couple of years ago, I threw out the name â€œSkip Holtzâ€ because (a) we were matched-up against his ECU Pirates and (b) I considered him a potential candidate to one day be the Head Coach at NC State. With this saidâ€¦allow me to highlight:
- Randy Edsall, whose UConn team we play in 2012.
- Skip Holtz, whose South Florida team we play in 2014.
On September 23rd, 2009 at 10:41pm, 61Packer posted the following comments in another entry about this topic:
I really like playing Tennessee, but werenâ€™t they originally scheduled as a home and away instead of just once in Atlanta? If State officials were responsible for this change, then shame on them.
LSU is obviously a great matchup for us. Please donâ€™t move this series to one game in Atlanta.
I like playing Cincinnati home and away. Theyâ€™re an up-and-coming program and thereâ€™s nothing wrong with that.
Ditto for Oklahoma State. We donâ€™t play enough of the Big XII teams, and they will be a quality opponent.
I donâ€™t like playing ECU, I never have, and probably never will. However, itâ€™s a game most fans from both schools seem to want, and if we continue to play them, so be it. It makes a lot more dollars and sense to play the Pie-Rats as long as that game (and the UNC game) is home and away and NOT in Charlotte. If we had to play UT on a neutral field to get this matchup, Charlotte wouldâ€™ve been much better for us.
I donâ€™t mind an occasional game with the regional FCS teams like Richmond and Western Carolina. Those games fall under the category of the OOC wins we need, and thereâ€™s enough fan interest to make these games fun. That having been said, the South Alabama games, 3 of them in fact, make no sense, especially going down there to play. Does Jed owe somebody a favor or something?
Mobile is a nice place but not for Wolfpack football. If our schoolâ€™s administration is really interested in building a program instead of sending fans to â€œnice placesâ€, may I suggest State College or Morgantown? How about Auburn, Athens or Columbia (again)? There are two good teams in Mississippi and one in Arkansas, and hopefully one day weâ€™ll have a game scheduled against a Pac 10, MWC or WAC team.
I donâ€™t know what kind of a program South Alabama has or aspires to have, but if anyoneâ€™s interested, they play Mississippi Valley State this Saturday at 5pm in Chicago. Whoa!
On September 24th, 2009 at 11:01am, GAWolf posted the following comments in another entry about this topic:
Unless I misread SFNâ€™s entry, weâ€™re getting two for the price of one on that Southern Alabama series. Two homes for one away against, as someone pointed out, what would likely be one of the worst D1 teams. 2011, 2012 are at home. 2015 is there. To totally break that down, would we not want to play THERE when they were fledgling D1 as opposed to giving them several more years to get up to par with talent? Silly, but something to thing about.
The flip to OOC schedule doesnâ€™t matter what bowl State plays in is also true. If the games donâ€™t matter, why not try to knock off some decent teams for that truly special season once in a blue moon. If we Herb-like back our way into the ACC Title game with a mediocre conference record in a bad ACC, we win and go to the BCS bowl regardless of OOC record. If we lose the ACC Title game under the same scenario, will winning cupcake games place us in a better bowl than losing to major football programs? Iâ€™m actually askingâ€¦ I donâ€™t know the answer.
Truthfully, weâ€™re to major traditional powerhouse teams what ECU is to us. Itâ€™s really a no win situation. They risk losing to us in a down year (or us an up year), and they donâ€™t get a huge feather in their hats for beating us. Is that not why weâ€™re seeing so many major programs back out of deals with us? Or is it mostly poor management?