Are You Ready for Some Football? (Bytes Updated @ 9:30am)

Wolfpack Football Poster

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Quick Gameday Brock’s Bytes

* Gameday preview at Pack Pride and quick comments from 850 The Buzz

* We’ve already weighed in with our prediction for today. (Link)

* The N&O caused a lot of controversy yesterday (that we will address more in the coming days); but, you can click here for a quick look at what we are talking about. Today, the N&O ran a nice piece about the new Carter-Finley and the new (ridiculous) tailgating rules this morning. (Link)

The stadium, opened in 1966, has undergone nearly a complete makeover in recent years, all the better to impress recruits and give it more of a big-time atmosphere. This season, there are 7,100 new seats in the north end zone, which completes the lower bowl. The stadium now seats 57,082 fans.

Outside the stadium, more stringent tailgating rules will be enforced. Parking lots will remain closed until four hours before game time. No beer kegs will be allowed. No loud music.

“We want to promote a fun, enjoyable and safe environment for everyone at the games,” said Tom Stafford, NCSU vice chancellor for student affairs.

* It is important that you click on this entry for more on the tailgating situation. We will be have A LOT more inside scoop on this hot-button topic later next week.

* The paper also did a nice little interactive gallery focusing on the recent changes to Carter-Finley. Of course the final rendition looks quite a bit different from the drawings that we all saw 15 years ago. Click on this link for a great flashback.

* Did you see the few dozen Georgia Tech fans that showed up for taping of the Gameday crew’s Sportscenter taping on Friday? Embarassing, but not surprising. The success of GT’s program has always surprised me when you factor in the school’s tepid fan support of their program (compared to other schools). I talked more about it in this entry that dovetails nicely with these comments.

(8) Georgia Tech – Nice facility; Small; good fan support for big/good games; but historical lack of attendance for mid-tier ACC games can only make the place so inhospitable. The other reason that I give the nod to the Heels over the Yellow Jackets is because I need to have some difference in my list from Dave’s list.

I agree with the GT assessment. The reason why GT’s stadium is usually ranked higher than where it should be is:

(1) Age: If I’m not mistaken, Grant Field is the oldest on-campus D1 facility in America.

(2) Location: In the heart of downtown Atlanta. You just dont see many stadiums with impressive skylines as backdrops.

Fan support at GT is terrible, unless UGA, FSU or the occassional close SEC school is in town (ie, Auburn).

* You HAVE to love the hard hitting, in-depth analysis exhibited in the headline of this article at Tarheel Daily.

Bunting’s sixth season could use a 1-0 start

* Wow! Bunting’s season could use a 1-0 start. Talk about insightful! Hmmmm. Is there any college football program in the country whose season couldn’t use a 1-0 start?

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8 Responses to Are You Ready for Some Football? (Bytes Updated @ 9:30am)

  1. Micky McCarthy 09/02/2006 at 9:47 AM #

    Looking at our depth chart, I feel much more comfortable about the distribution and depth of talent across the offense and defense. Even the linebacking corp (despite a lack of experience) has a lot of promise with names like Lowery, Martin, Davis, Rumph, Michel, Vogt, Hickman, et al. I compare this group to the ’01 team, which had true freshman Pat Thomas, Avery Gibson, F-A-L, soph Roger Pollard, with Danny Burnette and Levar Fisher as the veterans. Talent, albeit young.

    The secondary (with probable future NFLers Heath, Davis, Sutton, and Scott) has the biggest upside.

    The d-line will not drop off by much, despite prevailing opinion among the uninformed media.

  2. packpigskinfan23 09/02/2006 at 12:15 PM #

    what a beautiful day for football!!!! I cant resist… I am gonna go and stand by the road with a sign… if anyone sees a young man witha beard standing along Hillsboro GIVE HIM A TICKET TO THE GAME!!!! or at least sell it cheap! PLEASE!!!!

  3. Clarksa 09/02/2006 at 12:41 PM #

    I could be tailgating right now instead of reading and replying to this article…thanks Dr. O!

  4. MatSci94 09/02/2006 at 1:24 PM #

    Bunting’s sixth season could use a 1-0 start.

    So does that mean tarheeldaily is saying Bunting is on the hot seat?

  5. StateFans 09/02/2006 at 6:11 PM #

    Let’s go Rutgers! And LOL at the Holes having a TD wiped off the scoreboard…

  6. vtpackfan 09/02/2006 at 7:50 PM #

    I watched the Holes lose the ball on the goal line down 21-10. It was a thing of beauty. I was flipping between that game and PSU vs. Akron. It was really hard to judge Akron since tropical storm was sitting over Happy Valley. Their QB is very good, receiving corps ok, and rb not so. I was surprised to see their front four and DB’s holding their own. If we can get to the UNC game with Baker and Brown healty then it could be alot of fun. The Holes got pounded by Rutgers two tailbacks, but there were some very big holes to run through.

  7. noah 09/02/2006 at 11:01 PM #

    Carolina’s offense is as one-dimensional as ours. Hopefully, our defense is better than theirs.

  8. redfred2 09/04/2006 at 1:37 PM #

    I wonder where doatesjr and ncmike78 are today? I’ll just bet they were totally happy and didn’t say a word about the officiating in that Tar…..Heel loss to Rutgers. I would also bet that it’s already completely gone from their memories, never to be mentioned again.

    Those Carolina fans, they’re a step above, and always fair to the officials. Gotta love em.

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