One of these days ACC Football fans are just going to give up. And when they do it will be because of teams like the North Carolina State Wolfpack. A team that has to carry more clout in College Football to save the ACC.
Now add a pair of losses to the SEC to bookend the season by 14-points and it’s obvious new NC State Head Coach Dave Doren has a good bit of work to do. Just think about these stats from today’s Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl:
A total of 24 first downs, 13-19 on third-down, 424 Total Yards, 78 total plays and 5.4 yards per play. Sounds like a great day in the 38-24 victory by the Vanderbilt Commodores right? Too bad those were the stats for North Carolina State.
How in the heck can you throw for 383 yards put up seven more first downs, hold your opponent to 3-14 on third down and give up 225 yards of total offense and lose by two touchdowns.
If you are NC State and you turn the ball over five times (the Wolfpack actually fumbled four additional times but recovered).
Welcome to what has been ACC Football for about the past 10 years. State played it to perfection today in Nashville, Tennessee and chalked up another big win for the SEC vs the ACC.
Hopefully Dave Doeren has the answer, if not, get ready for more misery in Raleigh, North Carolina. Thanks to this loss, the ACC is now 1-2 (1-1 versus the Big East and 0-1 against the SEC).
But on a high note, Vandy won it’s first Bowl Game since 1915.
Fine work NC State. Fine work.
M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.
Follow him @woodysmalls.