The Wolfpacker

Sept.-Oct. 2020

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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24 ■ THE WOLFPACKER BY MATT CARTER hen he was the head coach at NC State, Tom O'Brien enjoyed tak- ing subtle jabs at the ACC football schedul- ers over the fact that his team typically had to start conference play on the road. O'Brien had the data to back it up, though. In the final five years of his six-season tenure in Raleigh, the Wolfpack opened conference play away from home. The league office has been kinder to Dave Doeren in that regard. Only twice in his pre- vious seven seasons has he began the ACC slate on the road, ironically both times at Florida State (2017 and 2019). Perhaps the league is making up for lost time with the 2020 schedule. Three of NC State's first four games, and four of the first six — all ACC contests — will be held outside of Raleigh. If looking for some similar setups to be- gin a season, in 1992 the Pack played four of its first six contests away from Carter-Finley Stadium, but one of those was a 24-14 win over No. 15 Iowa in the Kickoff Classic on a neutral field. That team finished the year W BRAND-NEW SLATE A Newly Revised, Quirky Schedule Was Released By The ACC The ACC's revamped schedule for head coach Dave Doeren's squad — which consists of 10 league contests and one non-conference game — saw three annual Atlantic Division foes (Boston College, Clemson and Louisville) drop off and now includes all seven members of the Coastal Division. PHOTO BY KEN MARTIN

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