September 22, 2006

NC State on the ropes

Who would've thought at the beginning of the season that Boston College would be sitting on top, alone in 1st place in the ACC Atlantic Division? Who would've thought that the Eagles would be ranked ahead of "The U" in the AP Top 25? That's exactly where B.C. finds itself after three weeks of play.

If you look up the definition of "team on the ropes" you will find the North Carolina State football team, who are off to a dreadful 1-2 start. The Wolfpack have dropped two games to non-BCS opponents, and their lone win came against Division IAA Appalachian State.

What is the reason for the poor the start? Well, it doesn't seem to be just one thing that N.C. State is doing wrong, and maybe that's the problem. Last game, the Wolfpack committed ten penalties, and the game before that they committed nine. Against the "easy" portion of their schedule, N.C. State is averaging only 19 points per game, and finding themselves in the bottom third in the country in almost all offensive categories. Defensively, N.C. State is getting killed on the ground by their opponents.

So, how can Coach Chuck Amato turn things around? Traditionally under Amato, the Wolfpack have always been a team that commits a lot of penalties, so that's probably not going to change.

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