State vs Gamecocks Series Close

Those of you that just can’t breath air without making sure that NC State has the toughest football schedule in all of America are one step closer to getting your wish.

The Charlotte Observer is reporting an update on some things that we discussed last month about NC State’s future football schedule. (Link). If the Observer’s information is correct, NC State will scheduled themselves one of the most brutal football schedules that I have seen and would inlcude games:

vs Florida State
vs Miami
@ South Carolina (coached by Steve Spurrier)
@ Tennessee
vs Boston College
at North Carolina
at Clemson
at Maryland

I don’t care if you are Texas or Southern Cal, ^that’s absurd. In fact…Texas and Southern Cal could never BE Texas or Southern Cal if they played schedules like that. Oh well, at least we will have ‘fun’ regular season to enjoy in 2008 since the chance for almost any program to achieve a top bowl game after playing that schedule doesn’t exist.

Gamecocks, ’Pack close to series deal

The North Carolina State Wolfpack are coming back … on USC’s football schedule.

The two former ACC rivals are close to finalizing a home-and-home series for the 2008 and ’09 seasons, according to USC athletics director Eric Hyman.

“We don’t have a signed contract, but we’re working toward bringing that to closure,‿ Hyman said Tuesday. “We’re almost there, and hopefully we’ll be there in the near future.‿

The proposed contract calls for N.C. State to open the ’08 season at Williams-Brice Stadium in a Thursday night matchup on ESPN. The Gamecocks would visit Raleigh the following season for another Thursday night ESPN game.

The schools have not met since 1999, when N.C. State won a 10-0 decision to spoil Lou Holtz’s USC debut in a game played in hurricane rains at Carter-Finley Stadium. N.C. State leads the overall series 26-25-4.

USC is scheduled to play ACC member North Carolina in 2007 (at Chapel Hill) and 2010 (in Columbia).

Note: NC State is also scheduled to play Duke and William & Mary on 2008. The teams listed in the article weren’t intended to represent the ONLY games that we play that year…just some of the games on the schedule.