NC State, under the direction of first-year head coach Dave Doeren, won’t play a game outside of its home state until Oct. 26, when the squad heads to Florida State. The Wolfpack opens with four straight home games, beginning with a Labor Day weekend opener versus offensive powerhouse Louisiana Tech on Aug. 31, and including a Thursday night ESPN clash with Clemson on Sept. 19.
“I am very excited for our players, parents, and fans to have eight home games at Carter Finley this fall,” said Doeren, a finalist for national coach of the year in 2012. “Opening up with four straight games at home allows Wolfpack Nation to have a huge influence on jump starting our 2013 season. In addition, not having to travel outside the state until late October provides for a great opportunity to start fast in the classroom.”
Five of the Wolfpack’s 2013 opponents ranked among the top 20 in the nation last year in total offense, including four that will play in Carter-Finley Stadium. The Wolfpack will also compete against all four of the other Division I schools in the state of North Carolina for the first time since 2008.
All four non-conference opponents posted winning records in 2012, combining for a 32-17 record. East Carolina and Central Michigan both played in bowl games, while Louisiana Tech led the nation in total offense and scoring offense with 51.1 points per game.
The complete 2013 football promotional calendar, including dates for Homecoming and Military Appreciation Day, will be released on GoPack.com in the coming days.
||Clemson (ESPN Thursday)
||@ Wake Forest
||@ Florida State
||@ Boston College