2005 Football Schedule Released

Courtesy of gopack.com:

Sept. 4: Virginia Tech, 7:15pm (ESPN2)

Sept. 17: Eastern Kentucky

Sept. 24: North Carolina

Oct. 6: (Thurs) @ Georgia Tech (ESPN)

Oct. 13: (Thurs) Clemson (ESPN)

Oct. 22: @ Wake Forest

Oct. 29: Southern Mississippi (Homecoming)

Nov. 5: @ Florida State

Nov. 12: @ Boston College

Nov. 19: Middle Tennesse State 1pm

Nov. 26: Maryland

First, the obvious question – is the out-of-conference schedule tough enough? In my view, it’s on the low side of acceptable, but still acceptable. Before Central Florida backed out (to be replaced by Southern Miss), it was an awful schedule. Now, it comes close to meeting my criteria – one easy win (Eastern Kentucky), one mildly challenging game that should still be a win (Temple), one challenging game against a program of equal or greater stature (Southern Miss). In my view, Temple and Southern Miss each BARELY qualify for their slotted category, but they do qualify. Don’t sleep on Southern Miss – they could easily trip up the Pack if it gets off to a fast start.

That said, all of the ingredients are in place for a great start, if NC State can seize the opportunities the schedule presents. September could be a great month, providing 4 wins AND challenges that help the team improve its level of play. Getting Virginia Tech for the first game is a perfect opportunity to knock off the Hokies. It will be the first game for Marcus (“old enough to bleed, old enough to breed”) Vick as the Hokies’ QB, and the Pack’s defense should be able to confuse him. Plus, we know that State’s linebackers have enough speed to shadow him on keepers and scrambles. Give Frank Beamer alot of credit – he went 6-0 in ACC play after losing to State last year, mostly by improving his team’s play from week to week. That said, the Hokies didn’t blow anyone away other than Duke or Maryland – both in Blacksburg – and very easily could have lost to Wake, Georgia Tech, and UNC. The Hokies will be good in 2005, but very, very beatable – especially early in the season. The simple fact that a lousy 2004 NC State squad won in Blacksburg with middle school-caliber QB play should be enough for even the most jaded pessimist to understand why NC State could easily win this game.

I love the way the rest of September unfolds. State travels to Philadelphia to play lousy Temple next. Inevitably, things go wrong in the first road contest of the season. But Temple is perfect for that – just tough enough to challenge NC State so it can improve, but too weak to actually win the game. After 8 quarters of legitimate competition, the Pack can work out more adjustments in throttling hapless 1-AA Eastern Kentucky the following week. Then, in comes UNC. Do the simple analysis – UNC had its best season since Julius Peppers in 2004, and State clearly had its worst team since Amato arrived – and the Wolfpack STILL should have won in Chapel Hill. State will be better in 2005 (and out for blood), and UNC will be worse. Amato won’t decline a 4th and 3 to set up 3rd and 8 again, and the Pack will roll.

So, if you boldly assume a win against VT (as I do), that’s 4-0 entering October. There are no easy wins in October, but no sure losses either. This is the month where Amato and staff need to earn their paychecks the most. First, we battle dual curses – Georgia Tech and their defensive coordinator, John Tenuda. Amato hasn’t beaten Tech since the Norm Chow-orchestrated overtime win in Year One, and he’s NEVER beaten Tenuda. There is no logical reason why we CAN’T beat Georgia Tech, we just HAVEN’T. Getting 12 days to prepare for the game also helps. If Amato is a great coach, he needs to seize the momentum of a fast start with a confident team and win this game. But with Tech returning 10 starters on defense, I wouldn’t count on this one. Fortunately, Clemson offers a nice opportunity to bounce back at home on a Thursday night. I’m not impressed by Clemson’s talent or coaching, and last year’s poor sqaud should have beaten the Tiggers in Death Valley, and would have, if not for 50-60 turnovers by Jay Davis (I lost count). Now, we’re 5-1 heading into Winston-Salem, for a game that could go either way. This game would terrify me at 6-0, but even at 5-1, the possibility for a letdown is there against the always-dangerous and well-coached Deacons. I will trust that a vastly improved Wolfpack defense will prevent a repeat of 2003, and predict the Pack to win a nailbiter. Southern Miss is another challenging game. They are another superbly coached squad, maybe even more so than Wake. Their “anybody, any place, any time” philosophy means they won’t be at all intimidated by an energized Carter-Finley stadium. The Wolfpack can’t afford to look past Southern Miss to upcoming clashes with BC and Florida State.

The Wolfpack should enter November at either 6-2 or 7-1. The game with Florida State could very easily decide who will represent the division in the ACC title game. Remember, even with 2 conference losses, the Pack could earn that berth if it wins the tiebreaker with the ‘Noles. Winning in Tallahassee is unlikely, but possible. Being in the thick of the division title race should energize and focus the Pack for the task. However the FSU game turns out, the trip to Chestnut Hill the following week will be a cold and dangerous one. The Pack will either be coming off a big win and in the drivers’ seat for the division title, or a crushing loss and virtual elimination from the ACC race (FSU won’t lose 3 ACC games if NC State doesn’t account for one of those losses). Both scenarios make me nervous. The Eagles do have to replace their excellent QB, and hopefully the Pack won’t let their placekicker BREAK TACKLES and run for a 23-yard touchdown like our baby blue brethren did in the Tire Bowl. Still, this game is also too close to call. Finally, we end the season at home against Maryland. I expect Maryland to be better in 2005, but “how much better” is the real question. After gut wrenching defeats snatched from the jaws of victory in 2001 and 2003, I am going to hold out hope that Amato goes for the jugular this time if we get a solid lead. Ending the “Turtle Curse” with a win in College Park last year should help our mental state, as we finally get a win in a must-win situation.

I assume the Pack will lose to Georgia Tech and one or two out of Southern Miss, Florida State, and Boston College. Even 8-3 might be enough to make the ACC title game (if 2 losses are to BC and Southern Miss), which would be a giant leap forward for our program. Now, let me issue a word of caution – my hopeful analysis assumes several things. First, we MUST bring in a very good-to-great offensive coordinator (if we get a GREAT one, I see 9-2) – one that Amato trusts to leave alone and let him do his job. Secondly, the QB play must be dramatically better, which the offensive coordinator will impact greatly (i.e., by designing an offense that either Davis or Stone can run competently). Third, Amato MUST have learned his lessons from the last two subpar seasons. He must not fall into the trap of easy excuses, such as injuries or bad luck. Pride must take a back seat to reflection. Otherwise, a trip to Boise might be in the cards – or another trip to nowhere.

It CAN happen, folks. With the talent in the locker room and the commitment we have all made to building the football program, EVERYONE should EXPECT to see a much better football product in 2005.

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1995 NC State graduate, sufferer of Les and MOC during my entire student tenure. An equal-opportunity objective critic and analyst of Wolfpack sports.

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8 Responses to 2005 Football Schedule Released

  1. RBCentric 01/25/2005 at 3:09 PM #

    8-3 next year. Maybe a Peach Bowl bid because of our long absence from Atlanta.

  2. JB34 01/25/2005 at 3:15 PM #

    Schedule Article from Durham Herald-Sun

    Schedule stiffens for Heels; BC added to ACC mix
    By BRYAN STRICKLAND : The Herald-Sun
    [email protected]
    Jan 20, 2005 : 11:34 pm ET

    North Carolina and Duke found out Thursday that they’ll open their football seasons on the road, while N.C. State will get to open at home but will have to do it against the reigning ACC champions.

    The Wolfpack will start its season at home against Virginia Tech on Sept. 3, while the Blue Devils will visit East Carolina on the same Saturday. A week later, the Tar Heels will open an especially stout schedule with a league game at Georgia Tech.

    The Tar Heels will play five of their eight ACC games against teams that went to bowls last season — the same as N.C. State and one fewer than Duke — but UNC’s nonconference schedule features big-bowl teams Utah, Louisville and Wisconsin.

    The Tar Heels’ opponents went a combined 87-43 last season.

    “I thought last year’s schedule was one of the most challenging we had ever faced, but the 2005 schedule may be tougher,” said UNC coach John Bunting, whose Heels went 6-6 against the nation’s toughest schedule in 2004 based on the Sagarin computer rankings. “The players and coaches both enjoy the challenge of facing some of the best programs in the country each season.

    “I think this type of schedule will help us continue to build our program.”

    With the addition of Boston College to the ACC and the debut of divisions and a championship game, teams won’t play a trio of ACC teams each season. The Tar Heels won’t play Clemson for the second straight season, won’t play Florida State for the first time since the Seminoles joined the league in 1992 and won’t play Wake Forest for the first time since 1943.

    They will play Maryland after not facing the Terrapins in 2004, and they’ll host Boston College on Nov. 5 in a rematch of last season’s Continental Tire Bowl, a 37-24 victory for the Eagles.

    UNC fans filled up Bank of America Stadium for that game, but UNC athletics director Dick Baddour is concerned about the Tar Heels filling their home stadium for the Oct. 22 game against Virginia. The game falls during fall break for UNC students.

    “We requested to have an open date or play on the road that weekend, but unfortunately the league office was unable to accommodate our request for various scheduling reasons,” Baddour said in a statement released by the school. “We understand it happens from time to time that the schedule makers are unable to accommodate every school’s requests, but we are disappointed for our students.

    “However, we will work with student leaders and university officials to do whatever we can to help our students attend that important rivalry game.”

    The Tar Heels conclude the regular season on Nov. 26 at Virginia Tech, just the fifth time in the last 26 years that UNC hasn’t closed with Duke.

    Duke, however, will close with the Tar Heels, visiting Kenan Stadium on Nov. 19. While UNC has a bye week to start the season and another one in the middle, the Blue Devils finish the season one week earlier than most of the league, and their lone bye week falls a week before the finale at UNC.

    The Blue Devils, 2-9 in Coach Ted Roof’s first full season, face all six ACC teams that went to bowls as ACC members last season, though they don’t face new league member Boston College. The Blue Devils also don’t play N.C. State for the second straight season and miss Maryland.

    The Blue Devils will, however, visit Miami just the second time in school history. The first, in 1976, resulted in a 20-7 victory for Duke.

    Out of the conference, Duke plays ECU and Division I-AA VMI, which struggled to two victories between them, but the Blue Devils host a Navy team on Oct. 1 that lost just two games.

    N.C. State will try to bounce back from a 5-6 season against an ACC schedule that doesn’t include Miami or Georgia Tech and an out-of-conference schedule that includes a bowl team in Southern Miss and a couple of teams the Wolfpack will be expected to bowl over in Temple and Eastern Kentucky.

    Temple, which the Wolfpack visits on Sept. 10, went 2-9 last season. Eastern Kentucky, which comes to Carter-Finley Stadium the next week, is a Division I-AA team that went 6-5 a year ago.

    Game times and the television schedule weren’t released, but the Wolfpack already knows it will be on national television at least twice — in the matter of eight days. N.C. State visits Georgia Tech on Thursday, Oct. 6 and hosts Clemson on Oct. 13, games that will be shown on ESPN.

    Wake Forest will be the first ACC team to take the field, hosting Vanderbilt on Sept. 1. The regular season will conclude with the inaugural ACC Championship game at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 3. The champion of the Coastal Division (Duke, UNC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami and Georgia Tech) will face the winner of the Atlantic Division (N.C. State, Wake Forest, Florida State, Clemson, Maryland, Boston College) for the crown and an automatic berth into the Bowl Championship Series.

  3. BJD95 01/25/2005 at 4:30 PM #

    Note to Durham Herald guy – we DO play Georgia Tech (we do skip Miami, so he’s 1 for 2 at least), on October 6. One would hope that a real paper can fact check at least as well as a humble weblog can…

  4. JB34 01/29/2005 at 11:48 AM #

    The Southern Miss game scares me. The Golden Eagles are always a trap for good teams.

    From a personal perspective…the Golden Eagles inclusion on our schedule helps me reminisce a bit — back in 1991(?) my best friend and I got to stand on the NC State sidelines at Legion Field for the last collegiate game of some quarterback names Brett Farve. The Pack was able to defeat the Golden Eagles on the field of the All-American Bowl. It was an enjoyable trip.

  5. Adam 02/09/2005 at 5:05 PM #

    The schedule looks very promising at least until our brutal November. Back to back road games at FSU and BC will really make or break our good bowl chances no matter what our record is.

    The Maryland game scares me, not really because of their talent level but imagine the letdown possiblity if we actually notch those two road games in the win column and come back home to play Maryland… wow, that would suck for Maryland to ruin our season.

  6. taylor 03/28/2005 at 6:51 PM #

    have we all forgotten about that f-ing train wreck named jay davis? I am assuming this rosey senario is WITHOUT this mongoloid.

  7. grandpa stole bets 12/04/2005 at 12:25 AM #

    Program on the emergence of civilization.

    “14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.
    13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
    None from the sub-Saharan African continent. ”
    And disfavor.

    They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it’s applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.

    The roots of racism are not of this earth.

    Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.

    The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.

    AIDS in Africa.

    Organizational Heirarchy/Levels of positioning.
    Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:

    1. MUCK – perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as “god”
    2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management
    3. Evil/disfavored aliens – runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhere

    Terrestrial management/positioning:

    4. Chinese/egyptians – this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds
    5. Romans –
    6. Mafia – the real-world 20th century interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality
    7. Jews, corporation, women, politician – Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.

    Movies foreshadowing catastrophy
    1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.

    Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying “He has more money than god.” There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says “I’m too old and rich for this.”

    This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.

    20 cent/hour Chinese labor, 50 cents for material.
    An $80 sweater costs less than a dollar; homage, tribute kicked upstairs vindicates the creative accounting.

    I don’t want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe. But these individuals become wealthy exploiting those they hurt.

    They have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won’t help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help.

    The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.

    I offer an example of historical proportions:::

    People point to Walmart and cry “anti-union”.
    Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family’s problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
    Unions serve to empower.
    Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems by creating an enviornment where there are fewer hurdles.

    Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people’s belief that Walmart is evil in a subsegment of the indistry dominated by the middle and lower classes.
    Low-cost disfavored Chinese labor is utilized by corporate america to maximize margins. They all do it. Only WalMart gets fingered because they are the ones who help, and those who seek to create confusion in the marketplace want to eliminate the vast middle class who have a real chance and instead stick with lower classes who may not work otherwise. So they dirty him up while allowing the others to appear clean.

    The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the unfavored, and subsequently will have no assistance from their purchases with corporate america.

    I believe the coining of the term “Uncle Sam” was a clue alluding to just this::Sam Walton and WalMart is one of few saviors of the peasant class.

    Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals, malcontents.
    Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they “decided” who they didn’t want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.
    The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren’t their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.

    Royalty is the right way to organize a society. Dictatorships and monarchies are a reflection of the antient’s hierarchical organization.
    Positions go to those who have favor with the rulers, as opposed to being elected.
    Elections bring a false sense of how the world is. Democracy misleads people.
    Which is why the disfavored rejects were sent to the shores of America::To keep them on the wrong path.

    Jews maim the body formed in the image of “god”, and inflicted circumsision upon all other white people, as well as the evil that is Jesus Christ.
    I think about how Jews (were used to) created homosexuality among Slavics, retribution for the Holocaust.
    Then I think of the Catholic Church and its troubles.
    What connection is here between Jews and the Catholic church???
    If it is their sinister motives that’s behind the evil that is Jesus Christ are they being used at all?
    Perhaps it is them who are pulling strings.
    Their centuries of slavery in Egypt proves their disfavor.
    The Jew leaders decided to prey on the up-and-coming Europeans to try to fix their problems with the ruling elite, a recurring aspect of the elite’s methodology.

    Jesus Christ is a religious figure of evil. The seperatist churches formed so they could still capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.
    And now they do it to people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.

    Since Buddism doesn’t recongnize a god, the calls are never heard, and Chinese representation is instead selected by the thrones.
    Budda was the Asian’s Jesus Christ::: bad for the people. “They came up at the same time for a reason.”

    Simpson’s foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. “Last one you ever suspect.”
    “You’ll see lots of nuns where you’re going:::hell!!!” St. Wigham, Helloween VI, missionary work, destroying cultures.
    Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.

    I believe Islam is the one true religion, and those misled christians who attack “god”‘s most favored people will pay dearly one day.

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