It was announced today that NC State will play host to Richmond in Carter-Finley Stadium on September 7, 2013.
Although that is the first official confirmation of football dates for next season, it is not the extent of our knowledge of the 2013 football schedule. In addition to Richmond, State will also play host to Louisiana Tech, Central Michigan and East Carolina in the out of conference component of our 2013 schedule.
It is expected, although it has not been formally announced, that Dave Doeren’s debut as NC State’s Head Football Coach may take place on August 31st against Louisiana Tech, who just hired Skip Holtz as their new head coach.
Unless more changes are brought about by conference re-alignment, Doeren’s first season as head coach will see him host Clemson, Maryland, and North Carolina in Raleigh while traveling to Boston College, Florida State and Wake Forest. (Please, Dave, win AT Wake Forest and restore order to the world!) The site has not yet been designated for State’s match up against new Atlantic Division foe, Syracuse. State will also play a yet un-disclosed Coastal Division team to round out the eight game ACC schedule.
Coach Tom O’Brien was obviously the primary architect of the 2013 out of conference schedule and the stature of opponents underscores his philosophy as he was not known for wanting to ‘go large’ on the challenges. Just today Phil Steele ranked the difficulty of 2012 football schedules and NC State came in at #68 between Miami (OH) and Buffalo. You can click here to review the entire list that quantifies a point we made a lot this past season that UNC-CHeats schedule was about as weak as it could possibly have been. (Please note the list includes the entire schedule and is not exclusive to out of conference games.)
Coach Doeren won’t have to wait long to put his stamp on scheduling as State’s schedule opens up significantly after 2014 – the Wolfpack only has one scheduled non-conference game in 2015, 2016, and 2017.