The Seminoles travel to Raleigh and enter the wolves’ den.
With the season fast approaching, and college football rolling full-steam ahead with current scheduling and formatting, fans are eager to hit the stands and cheer on their favorite team. 2022 is a do-or-die season for Mike Norvell’s tenure at Florida State. While there was much to be proud of in FSU’s 2021 campaign, the 0-4 record, including a shocking loss to Jacksonville State, has left many speculating whether Norvell is the man for the job. Winning more than 6 games this season might be what it takes to demonstrate that the CLIMB is more than just rhetoric on Norvell’s part. To generate a buzz and momentum on the trail, the Seminoles must showcase their growth in wins this season.
It’s now or never; for the Seminole faithful, it’s time to preview our upcoming season’s opponents.
Game Six: NC State
Head Coach: Dave Doeren (HC Record 87–53)
Mascot: Mr. Wuf & Mrs. Wuf
2021 Record: 9-3
History vs Florida State:
The Seminoles and Wolfpack have a long history dating back to their first game in 1952. This game was played in Raleigh, NC, and resulted in a 13-7 NC State win. in the pre-Bowden era, the Seminoles and Wolfpack played a total of 12 times, with the Seminoles winning 8 of them.
During the Bowden years, the programs began their conference rivalry with the Seminoles winning 6 games from 1992 – 1997. The Wolfpack earned their first conference win in 1998 and found 4 more wins against Bobby before his retirement. Bowden, of course, won the remaining 6 games (the count is 7, but the 2007 win was vacated). In the post-Bowden era, Jimbo Fisher won 5 games, while the Wolfpack won 3 games. Willie Taggart split with the Wolfpack 1-1, and Mike Norvell so far finds himself 0-2 against the Pack. The Wolfpack have never won more than two games in a row against the Seminoles.
NC State Storylines to Follow
Series History on the Line
You read the previous sentence correctly: NC State has never beaten Florida State in more than two games in a row in Football. It’s noteworthy because NC State is a legitimate ACC Atlantic division contender this season, while Florida State is expected to take steps forward, but not legitimately contend for the division title. Something will need to give this season. Either the series history will be upended in Raleigh, NC with a Wolfpack victory, or history will stay the course in what would likely be a massive upset.
You Guessed it: Another ACC Atlantic QB
Devin Leary returns to NC State for his redshirt junior campaign. Coming off a 2021 campaign where he threw for 3,433 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions, the talented quarterback stands only to improve entering the 2022 season against a favorable schedule. NC State returns three of five starting offensive linemen, while wide receivers Devin Carter and Thayer Thomas come back to provide Leary with weapons to choose from.
NC State returns 82% of their overall production from last season, which is best in the ACC and about eighth overall in the nation. Coming up 9-3 last season, falling just short of winning the Atlantic division, the Wolfpack should be considered one of the favorites to win the division this season. While there are some questions at positions such as RB, as well as starter roles to fill along the offensive line, there’s no doubt the depth is there for NC State to demonstrate experience along the offense. In addition, nearly the entirety of the defensive starting production returns.
The Seminoles travel north to face the Wolfpack in Raleigh, NC Saturday, October 8th, 2022. The game broadcast and time remain TBD.
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