CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — N.C. State (7-4, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Convention) at No. 18 North Carolina (9-2, 6-1), Friday, 3:30 p.m. EST (ABC)
UNC’s offense in opposition to N.C. State’s protection. The Tar Heels have been one of many nation’s greatest offenses all season behind star quarterback Drake Maye. Maye is third within the Bowl Subdivision ranks with 34 landing passes with simply 4 interceptions. N.C. State has leaned on a veteran-led protection all season to stress quarterbacks and make each yard robust, most notably within the win in opposition to Wake Forest and its prolific quarterback in Sam Hartman.
N.C. State: RB Michael Allen. For an offense battling accidents, the freshman runner might present a spark. He’s taken on a bigger function in a tandem with Jordan Houston within the backfield, operating for 77 yards in a loss to Boston Faculty whereas having a TD catch within the Louisville loss.
UNC: WR Josh Downs. Downs is seventh within the Bowl Subdivision ranks in receiving yards per recreation (97.6) and tied for third in TD catches (11) regardless of enjoying two fewer video games than the remainder of that high tier.
N.C. State received final yr’s assembly in a comeback sure to reside on within the rivalry’s lore. The Wolfpack trailed 30-21 with about two minutes left earlier than scoring two touchdowns in a span of 26 seconds to win 34-30. … UNC had received the primary two conferences since Mack Brown returned for a second stint with this system earlier than the 2019 season. … The Tar Heels went simply 2-for-5 within the crimson zone final week in opposition to Georgia Tech. … N.C. State kicker Christopher Dunn has made all 21 area objectives and all 27 additional factors he’s tried this season. … Each of UNC’s losses this season have come at house.
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