North Carolina State heads to Miami to play the Hurricanes for the first time since the 2008 season. The last meeting was won by the Wolfpack, 38-28.
Both teams are 3-1 so far this season, but this is the first ACC game for North Carolina State while Miami will be playing its third conference game of the season. The Hurricanes are 2-0 in the conference beating Boston College and Georgia Tech.
Here is the complete preview of North Carolina State vs. Miami.
Who: North Carolina State vs. Miami
When: Saturday, noon ET
Where: Miami Gardens, Fla.
Stadium: Sun Life Stadium (75,540)
Radio: WQAM 560 AM, WELE 1380 AM
Internet Stream: Canes All Access
Position: Starter, Backup (as of Sept. 24, 2012)
QB: Stephen Morris, Ryan Williams
FB: Maurice Hagens, Sean Harvey
RB: Mike James, Duke Johnson, Eduardo Clements
TE: Dyron Dye, Clive Walford, Asante Cleveland
WR: Phillip Dorsett, Kendal Thompkins
WR: Allen Hurns, Davon Johnson
WR: Rashawn Scott, Herb Waters
LT: Malcolm Bunche or Seantrel Henderson
LG: Jon Feliciano, Jeremy Lewis
C: Shane McDermott, Jared Wheeler
RG: Brandon Linder, Jermaine Johnson or Daniel Isidora
RT: Ereck Flowers or Ben Jones
DE: Anthony Chickillo, Jelani Hamilton
DT: Darius Smith, Earl Moore, Jalen Grimble
DT: Olsen Pierre, Corey King or Luther Robinson
DE: Shayon Green, Kelvin Cain or Tyriq McCord
OLB: Eddie Johnson, Thurston Armbrister, Gabe Terry
MLB: Jimmy Gaines, Gionni Paul
OLB: Tyrone Cornelius, Jimmy Gaines, Nantambu Fentress
CB: Thomas Finnie, Tracy Howard,
CB: Brandon McGee, Antonio Crawford or Ladarius Gunter
S: A.J. Highsmith, Vaughn Telemaque
S: Deon Bush, Kacy Rodgers II
P: Dalton Botts, Jake Wieclaw
FG: Jake Wieclaw, Matt Goudis
KO: Jake Wieclaw, Matt Goudis
H: Dalton Botts, Ryan Williams
LS: Paul Kelly
SS: Paul Kelly
PR: Phillip Dorsett, Duke Johnson
KR: Phillip Dorsett, Duke Johnson
Out: Ramon Buchanan (season—knee), Sean McNally (season—lower extremity), Malcolm Lewis (season—ankle)
Doubtful: Denzel Perryman (ankle)
Questionable: Dalton Botts (ankle), Raphael Kirby (knee), Curtis Porter (appendix)
Position: Starter, Backup (as of Sept. 24, 2012)
QB: Mike Glennon, Manny Stocker
HB: Tony Creecy, Shadrach Thornton
FB: Logan Winkles, Tyler Purvis
WR: Quintin Payton, Bryan Underwood, Charlie Hagedus
WR: Tobias Palmer, Rashard Smith, Hakeen Flowers
TE: Mario Carter, Asa Watson
LT: Tyson Chandler, Quincy McKinney
LG: R.J. Mattes, Duran Christphe
C: Camden Wentz, Joe Thuney
RG: Zach Allen, Cameron Fordham
OT: Andrew Wallace, Alex Barr
LE: Darryl Cato-Bishop, Forrest West, McKay Frandsen
LT: Thomas Teal, Carlos Gray
RT: T.Y. McGill, A.J. Ferguson
RE: Brian Slay, Art Norman, Mike Rose
SLB: Rodman Noel, Brandon Pittman
MLB: Sterling Lucas, Ryan Cheek
WLB: Rickey Dowdy, Zach Gentry
FC: David Amerson, Juston Burris, Jordan Monk
BC: Dontae Johnson, Jarvis Byrd
FS: Brandon Bishop, Tim Buckley
BS: Earl Wolff, Hakim Jones
P: Will Baumann, WIlliam Stephenson
PK: Niklas Sade, Matthew Shaefer
H: Wil Baumann
LS: Scott Thompson
PR: Rashard Smith, David Amerson
KR: Tobias Palmer, Earl Wolff, David Amerson
*Note: North Carolina State didn't release an official injury report when this article was published.
According to www.packinsider.com:
Mustafa Greene is still not listed on the depth chart and senior James Washington is also missing, presumably due to injury.
Starting left tackle Rob Crisp is also still missing on the depth chart with an injury sustained in the first game of the season.
The Miami Hurricanes defeated Georgia Tech 42-36 in overtime last Saturday in Atlanta, Ga. Hurricane running back Mike James scored the game-winning touchdown after the Hurricane defense stopped Georgia Tech on its first possession of overtime.
James finished the game with 89 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. He also had three receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown.
Hurricane quarterback Stephen Morris completed 31 of 52 passes for 436 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The 436 yards was a career high for Morris and the fifth-most passing yards in school history.
Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett led all receivers with nine catches for 184 yards and a touchdown.
The Hurricanes beat the Yellow Jackets for the fourth consecutive season.
Running back Shadrach Thornton had 21 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns as North Carolina State blew out Citadel, 52-14. The freshman got most of the carries as starting running back Tony Creecy missed the game due to an injury.
Quarterback Mike Glennon completed 19 of 24 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown for the Wolfpack as the score reached 42-7 by halftime.
North Carolina State amassed 515 yards of total offense while holding Citadel to just 226.
Obviously this game is huge for both teams as all conference games are, but the Hurricanes will have an opportunity to take a two-game lead over Virginia Tech in the Coastal Division. The Hokies (1-0 in the ACC) play out of conference this week when they take on the Cincinnati Bearcats.
This will be the ACC opener for the Wolfpack as they played all four games out of conference. North Carolina State is already two games back of Florida State (2-0 in ACC) in the Atlantic Division.
Either way you look at it, one of these two teams will be handed their first loss in the ACC.
The Hurricanes pass defense has been less than stellar so far this season. They gave up 441 yards to Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig in the first game of the season and gave up 19.92 yards per completion to Kansas State and Georgia Tech.
The Wolfpack, under quarterback Mike Glennon, are a pass-oriented offense and have the wide receivers to create some match-up problems with the Hurricanes. North Carolina State is currently ranked No. 53 in the country in passing yards per game with 245.5.
The Hurricanes' defensive line must also do their part in creating a pass-rush. The defensive backfield needs all the help they can get.
For me, this is a no-brainer as Wolpack quarterback Mike Glennon is the proven leader of this North Carolina State team.
Glennon already has 982 passing yards and six touchdowns only four games into the season. He is a very accurate passer with a strong arm proving it over the last two games in which he has completed 74.9 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
As stated in the previous slide, the Hurricanes pass-defense hasn't been good this season which could allow Glennon to post some career-high numbers.
The Hurricanes will win this game if they can move the ball like they did against Boston College and Georgia Tech. The coaching staff has to let Morris run the offense and throw down the field in order for Miami to win this game.
I still don't have complete trust in the Hurricanes defense, so scoring points will be key for a Hurricane victory.
Every week it seems like there is a new leader on offense as shown last week when running back Mike James scored four touchdowns (three rushing).
The previous week was owned by true freshman running back Duke Johnson, who also scored four times (two rushing, one receiving and a kick return).
The Wolfpack will win this game if they have a more balanced attack on offense. The Hurricanes struggle when having to stop the run and pass, proven in the slaughter to Kansas State.
I honestly believe quarterback Mike Glennon will have a big game and if the running backs can can add solid yards on the ground, the Wolfpack should be able to leave Miami with a win.
North Carolina State's scoring defense has been pretty solid giving up just 15.8 points per game (No. 27 in the country), but did struggle in the season opener to Tennessee, losing 21-35.
The Hurricanes have already played (and won) two ACC games while the Wolfpack haven't played any so far this season.
North Carolina State has played a weaker schedule in Tennessee, Connecticut, South Alabama and Citadel. Now the Wolfpack have to go on the road for their first conference game against a Miami team that is coming off a huge win on the road against Georgia Tech.
Although this game promises to be exciting, I just don't believe the Wolfpack have enough on offense to keep up with a new re-vamped Hurricane offense.
Final prediction: Miami 38, North Carolina State 28