The NC State Wolfpack (3-1) welcome the Syracuse Orange (2-2) to Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, September 30 in an ACC Atlantic Division showdown. The Wolfpack are coming off an upset win over divisional foe Florida State to open its ACC slate at 1-0, while the Orange wrapped up its non-league slate with a loss at #25 LSU.
The Wolfpack are on a three-game winning streak against the Orange, winning last year’s game 35-20 at the Carrier Dome. The victory over the Seminoles didn’t get them into this week’s AP poll, but they did receive the highest number of votes among teams considered. NC State has not been ranked in the poll since 2010, when they reached as high as #21.
Game time, TV channel and how to watch online information for the game is below:
NC State-Syracuse football game time, details
Date: Saturday, Sept. 30
Time: 12:20 p.m. ET kickoff
Location: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.
Weather: partly cloudy, high of 76 degrees
The line: NC State by – 12.5
Which TV channel is NC State-Syracuse on?
The NC State-Syracuse game will be shown on the ACC Network. Check local listings for the channel in your area.
How can I watch NC State-Syracuse online?
The NC State-Syracuse contest can be seen online on WatchESPN.
How can I listen to NC State-Syracuse on the radio?
The NC State-Syracuse game will be available on N.C. State IMG Sports Network , WRAL 101.5 FM .
NC State-Syracuse preview, keys to the game
Things seem to be looking up right now for the Wolfpack. Although they faced and defeated a Deondre Francois-less Florida State squad, it can still be marked down as a long-awaited signature win for Dave Doeren in his fifth season at the helm. The Wolfpack enjoyed turnover-free ball from Ryan Finley and strong performances from both Nyheim Hines (24 carries, 94 yards) and Jakobi Meyers (five catches, 112 yards, one touchdown), while sacking James Blackman four times in the freshman’s first career start. NC State only has a single blemish on its record – a loss to South Carolina to open the season – but has won its last three.
Meanwhile, for Syracuse, they can probably feel good about how closely they played LSU on the road on Saturday, as it certainly will be seen as a sign of progress for a program still looking to get back to the national prominence it enjoyed decades ago. The Orange nearly matched the Tigers in overall yardage (414-384), lost the time of possession battle by just 16 seconds (30:08 to 29:52), and enjoyed a strong performance from Eric Dungey. However, they struggled to run the ball against a talented defensive front and were unable to respond to a LSU team out to prevent a letdown in front of their home fans.
NC State faces a critical juncture of games starting with Saturday against Syracuse. A win will put them at 2-0 in the ACC Atlantic Division with Louisville, already with a loss to Clemson on its ledger, coming to town on Thursday. Getting a win against both the Orange and the Cardinals would put the Wolfpack at 3-0 and help them keep pace with the Tigers atop the divisional standings. First, though, they’ll need to knock off the Orange, who could play spoiler to the Wolfpack’s chances early on.
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