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NC State better wake up before ECU arrives

Posted November 22, 2013
Updated November 29, 2013

While Duke's football squad has gotten much of the attention in recent weeks (rightfully so, I might add), the game between North Carolina State and East Carolina Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL-TV, Mix 101.5 FM) is a big one for the eastern half of the state.

Considering how the season has gone for the Wolfpack and Pirates, Saturday's matchup is a big moment for ECU and the fans of that program. ECU is 8-2 and poised to play for the Conference USA title game in a couple of weeks, but a win over the Wolfpack would mark the first time the Pirates have downed both North Carolina and NC State in the same year. 

That's a big deal, and I'm sure that will be evident on Saturday by the amount of purple inside Carter-Finley Stadium. 

In Raleigh, the Wolfpack better wake up and be prepared to bring their A game on Saturday. If they don't, this game could get ugly in a hurry.  

In a broader sense, a win over ECU would be a great way to stop all of the negative momentum that's built up in Raleigh since the team's last win, which came way back on Sept. 28. 

Fans have to be patient, because the program is essentially brand new under first-year coach Dave Doeren. They are trying to build from the ground up, and that's going to take some time. A win over the Pirates would help that process. 

Blue Devils look to keep magic alive in Winston-Salem

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the hotter-than-a-firecracker Duke Blue Devils will look to move one step closer to the ACC Championship Game on Saturday  by beating Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.12 p.m., ESPN2, 620 The Buzz).

Quite honestly, I'm tickled to death for the Duke football program. It's really, really good for football in the Triangle, and I'm happy to see the hours and hours of hard work put in by David Cutcliffe and his coaching staff come to fruition. 

If Duke can win even one of its two final games, Cutcliffe would get my vote for National Coach of the Year. A nine-win season, at Duke? No contest.

One reason Cutcliffe is already in the conversation is because of how he's used Brandon Connette. His utility player in the backfield has transformed into a big-time threat. 

Because of the ingenious way the coaching staff has used Connette, no one has noticed that Duke, in reality, is without a complete player at the QB position. But this is far from the normal, "if you have two QBs, you don't have one" argument.

They have two, in Connette and Anthony Boone, and they are using both perfectly. It's been fun to watch. 

Tar Heels looking to keep needle pointed in right direction

Almost always, college football teams headed in the wrong direction keep going that way. That has not been the case in Chapel Hill, where Larry Fedora and his staff magically turned things around midseason. 

The Tar Heels have won four straight, and with a couple more victories to close out the season and a potential bowl win, the program could hit the eight-win plateau for the second straight year. 

That process will continue Saturday when UNC welcomes Old Dominion (8-3) to Kenan Stadium (12 p.m., RSN).

A month ago, I wasn't sure the Tar Heels would win another game. Now, with the chance for eight wins still on the table, the program is really setting the table for future success.

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  • Euro American Nov 23, 8:39 a.m.

    Logan was sure a good fit at ECU and was liked and respected by most everyone, even fans at other schools. He could recruit the state and region with the best of them too. He should be coaching somewhere (maybe), but is certainly and seemingly happily holding his own these days with "The Logan Zone". I remember Ruffin McNeil playing DB for Pat Dye, I think it was? Ruffin is a good fit and will be there a long time. If they had been able to keep Dye somehow; man what a coach. I often wondered if he wasn't Bear Bryant's boy - somehow.

  • Chatham Adam Nov 23, 8:22 a.m.

    Come dinnertime, their new name will be NC DEVASTATED UNIVERSITY.

  • edorsettii Nov 23, 7:59 a.m.

    ooooppppsss....should be Too bad I'm at work now...

  • edorsettii Nov 23, 7:56 a.m.

    Got some rum ready, time to root for the Pirates!!!

    — Posted by dwntwnboy2

    Bad, I am at now....I know the Maker Mark would come in handy today....lol

  • edorsettii Nov 23, 7:51 a.m.

    Logan knows North Cakalaky and how to win...hire him as a Football Coach or AD. He may even be... View More

    — Posted by Euro American

    I'm glad someone else has seen the light...Give the man (Logan) a chance...Heck, look at how long he has been lingering around Raliegh after leaving VPI....the guy is a heck of a coach and offensive mind....I get fired up listening to him talk with Wolfpack alum, Jeff Gravely, more than even trying to listen to "dead pan Dave" ....Steve Logan reminds of a younger Pat Dye....Pat Dye would have love to coach at NCSU, but thanks to the Admin, they did not even give him a thought....and what did he do at Auburn after a stint at Wyoming?... how long will you linger this Mike O'Cain clone, lady Chancellor Yow....the way I look at it, the Gott and Dead Pan Dave are your recruits....so, as the pirates would say, arghhhhhh,ye can walk the plank there missy......

  • 4tarheels Nov 23, 7:48 a.m.

    I don't think it's fair to tell state to wake up before ECU arrives, it implies they are better than their record indicates. I don't believe that is the case. state is not a good team, in fact, I believe ECU's talent level is above state's right now. state is wide awake, and they know full well what is in store for them with ECU, and there is nothing they can do to stop it. They may fight hard and keep it close for a quarter, or a half, but in the end, the more talented and better coached team will prevail, ECU.

  • Ramdingo Nov 23, 7:14 a.m.

    Not sure you can just "wake up" a team that is in a coma...

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Nov 23, 6:45 a.m.

    This is a dangerous game for ECU. State is playing with house money, and it's a home game for the Pack. State doesn't want to lose to Duke, Carolina, Wake, AND ECU in the same year. Not sure State has the horses to beat ECU, but I do believe they'll give it their best effort.

  • mrwufabc Nov 23, 12:15 a.m.

    I understand why Logan isn't coaching these days, but he sure doesn't cut it as a writer. "NC State better wake up before ECU arrives"... this just in water is wet....
    Gee thanks Capt. Obvious. If we could "wake up" we would have done it over a month ago. This is season is a loss. Such a dumb way to write about the upcoming predictable loss.

  • cjw6105 Nov 22, 11:37 p.m.

    ECU = EZU
    NCSU = ZZZZ

    Pirates by a whole heap.
    Thank goodness this season is nearing its miserable conclusion.

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