Homecoming 2012 – UVa @ NC State

As the N&O said, it’s crunch time for the ‘underperforming’ Wolfpack (Link)

N.C. State (5-3) has been very good after a loss, 10-1 since 2010, and the Cavaliers (2-6), losers of six straight, have been bad in just about every scenario since September

Virginia hasn’t won an ACC game this year. NC State has only lost one game in the last three years at home. Please tell me that it isn’t time for “NC State Shit” to make an appearance!

Link to CFN’s preview

Why NC State Might Win: The Pack has more depth and talent, but especially on passing downs.

Mike Glennon brings stability and downfield potential to the NC State passing game, something Virginia has lacked all year. Glennon is a next-level quarterback, with a cadre of gifted receivers, such as Bryan Underwood, Quintin Payton and Tobais Palmer. That trio could have its way with a Cavaliers secondary that’s allowed 14 touchdown passes and picked off just one. The Cavs will also be on high alert whenever their own quarterback drops back to throw. The Pack ranks No. 12 nationally in sacks, producing pressure from myriad different angles.

What To Watch Out For: There are plenty of reasons why Virginia has struggled in 2012. Shaky special teams. Turnovers. The Cavaliers rank 120th in the nation in turnover margin, collecting just four takeaways in eight games. On the other side of the field, this could be a banner game for that Wolfpack secondary, which will be closely watching the eyes of Sims. CB David Amerson may not have blown up the way he did in 2011, but he remains an elite pass defender, who’s liable to increase his ACC lead in interceptions.

What Will Happen: State will need to have a short memory after last week’s gut-wrenching loss. Glennon and head coach Tom O’Brien will make sure of it.

The Pack is a veteran team that’s grown accustomed to the ebbs and flows of a campaign. They’ll rebound in a hurry against a Virginia squad that lacks the talent and the motivation to pull a road upset. Glennon will throw a pair of scoring strikes, while the defense harasses Sims into repeated mistakes. State will easily win the turnover margin, coasting in the second half of a comfortable victory.

NC State 31
Virginia 16

About StateFans

'StateFansNation' is the shared profile used by any/all of the dozen or so authors that contribute to the blog. You may not always agree with us, but you will have little doubt about where we stand on most issues. Please follow us on Twitter and FaceBook

'12 Football

64 Responses to Homecoming 2012 – UVa @ NC State

  1. StateFans 11/03/2012 at 11:47 AM #

    State will be wearing black pants, red jerseys and red helmets today

  2. Manu Ginobili 11/03/2012 at 11:49 AM #

    I will go ahead and say that we win this one. If I jinx it, who cares anyway, this has been another boring, uninspiring football season.

    In fact, we will win the three home games, lose at Clemson, play in Charlotte, Orlando or El Paso (or whatever, it doesn’t matter if it’s not Miami or Atlanta) and have a couple more years of plain mediocrity.

  3. StateFans 11/03/2012 at 12:05 PM #

    The stripes on State’s black pants look good. I wish we found a way to stripe our white & red pants

  4. StateFans 11/03/2012 at 12:07 PM #

    WOW!!! UVa drops a wide open touchdown. Good for them for running some creative plays

  5. Primewolf 11/03/2012 at 12:31 PM #

    Another slow start. Typical of TOB teams.

  6. Primewolf 11/03/2012 at 12:36 PM #

    Totally out coached I am so ready for a coaching change.

  7. UpstateSCWolfpack 11/03/2012 at 12:39 PM #

    What the what? This sucks.

  8. Avid109 11/03/2012 at 12:42 PM #

    So sick of these pathetic starts….

  9. Manu Ginobili 11/03/2012 at 12:44 PM #

    I will revise my previous prediction. We will lose all remaining games this season. Mediocre coach, mediocre players. We get a new coach who can recruit better. I prefer this option.

  10. eas 11/03/2012 at 12:46 PM #

    Let me guess TOB, we start slow AGAiN because of lack of player accountability or maybe the players are not focused. Yeah…..that’s what it is. F-ing ridiculous. Same game plan/start for 5.5 years now.

  11. UrbanWolf 11/03/2012 at 12:52 PM #

    These guys are so flat.

  12. old13 11/03/2012 at 12:54 PM #

    Has TOB lost the players? Looks like it to me!

  13. UrbanWolf 11/03/2012 at 12:56 PM #

    Why can our special not block … in the front? Ever.

  14. Primewolf 11/03/2012 at 12:58 PM #

    TOB looks totally disinterested. So does his team. Ihaven’t seen our MLB hit anyone all yr. he is surely tiptoeing around today

  15. Primewolf 11/03/2012 at 1:01 PM #

    Coach, when you walk around looking at the grass and show no emotion or fight, your team emulates you ….

  16. JSRy2k 11/03/2012 at 1:02 PM #

    Following TOB-coached football feels a lot like following Herb-coached basketball.

  17. JSRy2k 11/03/2012 at 1:04 PM #

    It may be a bit extreme, negative emotion in the heat of the moment, to call for TOB’s head because of last week, but if we lose this one too his firing would feel justified.

  18. sholtzma 11/03/2012 at 1:07 PM #

    This, THIS, is the best NC State can do as a football program. At home, late in the season, on homecoming, against an aweful team, and we look like dog-doo?

    Really?! We can’t expect a better program than THIS?

    I maintain we can expect better.

    We might win this game or continue on the way we are and lose it. But either way, we deserve and can feasibly have a better program than what TOB has brought.

    We should think him at the end of the season for bringing us back to semi-respectability, ask him to retire, and then find someone who can take us to the next level. For some on here, that means we want to win at all costs, have out-of-control players, and other straw men fallacies. I have nothing to say to those folks, since one cannot reason with a mule.

  19. eas 11/03/2012 at 1:13 PM #

    Hey BC fans…. I completely understand where you were coming from 6 years ago. If we are lucky it will be another Johnny’s but rash cream Bowl game again this year. Face it folks this is our ceiling and I am sorry to say just making it to a $hitty bowl every year doesn’t cut it for me.

  20. eas 11/03/2012 at 1:17 PM #

    Great point! You cannot reason with a mule….so true. It doesn’t mean TOB is worthless it just means we are not going anywhere special. There is just no life in the program at the moment. I agree we don’t have to cheat and have inmates just to do better. We just need a complete coaching change.

  21. JSRy2k 11/03/2012 at 1:17 PM #

    “just making it to a $hitty bowl every year doesn’t cut it for me”

    Agreed. While TOB’s tenure is par for the course for NCSU football, there is no reason why we couldn’t experience Frank Beamer-like results here.

  22. hamsixstring 11/03/2012 at 1:30 PM #

    And you guys thought all of the other games were bad…

    This is the most deflated NC State team I’ve seen since 2000.

    Let’s hope another 22 come out after the half…

  23. eas 11/03/2012 at 1:33 PM #

    I would expect a strong 2nd half but that is NOT acceptable! We NEVER show up for the 1st half! We are NEVER prepared and there are NO more excuses left for this kind of crap every week!

  24. Wolfpack93 11/03/2012 at 1:33 PM #

    “Please tell me that it isn’t time for “NC State Shit” to make an appearance!”

    Shit would be an improvement over what I am watching.

  25. JaxPackMan 11/03/2012 at 1:35 PM #

    Should we be surprised at today’s performance? UVA has 2 weeks to prepare, adds several new wrinkles that aren’t on film. State looks totally lost. Seems clear that last week is still on their mind.

    UVA’s defensive line is living in State’s backfield. We always make a sick team well. Just come play State.

Leave a Reply