October 8, 2011
NC STATE FOOTBALL
Caulton Tudor (N&O)
O’Brien’s audacity of hope
Beat Central Michigan today, then wait for the cavalry – that’s been a big part of Tom O’Brien’s message all week.
The fifth-year N.C. State football coach staked out that path on Monday and talked it up again Tuesday and Wednesday.
But at 2-3 overall and with his defensive unit plagued by what resembles an injury curse, O’Brien has to try to sell hope at this point. There’s no other option.
CFN’s Take: NC State vs. CMU
What Will Happen: After getting whipped in consecutive weeks by Cincinnati and Georgia Tech, NC State will not squander an opportunity to be the bully for a chance. The Pack will take advantage of the deficiencies on the Central Michigan by establishing the running attack before turning Glennon loose on play-action. Radcliff will pile up the yards through the air, but a return to his turnover-prone ways will stifle the Chippewasâ€™ ability to rally in the second half.
Week 6: Central Michigan
NOTEBOOK: Bounce Back For Pack?
Akula Wolf (BackingthePack.com)
CMU In Brief
Kirk Bohls (statesman.com)
Horns’ latest defensive guru Diaz coaches beyond his years
Diaz may well be Texas’ X-factor because he does not mind taking chances, has instilled in his unit a ton of confidence and swagger, and will have his players believing they can contain the nation’s fourth-best offense and 11th most-prolific scoring machine.
With a very small sample, Diaz has shown he might be as dynamic a coordinator as Muschamp, whom he replaced last January. He’s much more likely to gamble than Muschamp, who was as good at adjusting after an opening drive as any coach I’ve seen, and Diaz has never seen a blitz he didn’t love.
The biggest difference between Muschamp and Diaz?
“We’re attacking more than in years past,” linebacker Emmanuel Acho said. “It’s evident in the turnovers (tied for seventh nationally). We’re able to pressure the ball more.”
Mack first heard about Diaz from his brother Watson Brown, whose offensive line coach had worked with Diaz at North Carolina State. Brown said he called Mickey Andrews and picked the brain of the Florida State defensive icon and former Diaz mentor.
“I talked to three unnamed head coaches in the SEC that said they would hire him in a minute,” Mack said.
Andrew Skwara (accsports.com)
ACC Weekend Preview, Oct. 7
Central Michigan (2-3) at N.C. State (2-3)
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Broadcast: ESPN3 (Sirius 117/XM 191)
Key For The Chippewas
Their defense has been abysmal, giving up 41 or more points in each of their last three games. Creating turnovers is their only chance at slowing down the Wolfpack offense.
Key For The Wolfpack
Moving the chains. Central Michigan scored 48 points last week, albiet against Northern Illinois. The Wolfpack must move the ball consistently and put up points of their own to avoid being an upset victim.
ACC teams are 5-0 against Central Michigan â€¦ N.C. State has the lowest penalty yards in the ACC (34.8 per game) but has given up an ACC-high 16 sacks â€¦ Central Michigan is 0-3 on the road.
N.C. State favored by 10.5
Wolfpack 42, Chippewas 16 â€“ The Wolfpack wonâ€™t have any problem getting win No. 3 thanks to facing another weak non-conference foe.
Struggling N.C. State Plays Host To Central Michigan
Jim Young (accsports.com)
Bag Oâ€™ Tweets, Oct. 7
Tony Haynes (GoPack.com)
Wolfpack Looks to Limit Big Plays against Central Michigan