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Overthrowing the Monarchs

Another week came and went, but unless you’re a hardcore NC State fan, you likely didn’t watch the Wolfpack completely overpower the Old Dominion Monarchs on Saturday night. It’s ok, I watched it for you. Here’s what happened:

Game Recap

It was almost surreal how easily they drove the field. On their first possession, a combination of short passes and runs allowed NC State to pound out a 15 play, 73 yard drive that ended in a Jaylen Samuels touchdown.

Later, the defense again succumbed to the “one big play” offense. A long 70 yard pass play put ODU on the board and tied the game at 7

But that was ok, Jacoby Brissett took over on the next drive. He threw a couple of long passes, scrambled out of the pocket and ran it in for a score. A few drives later, Brissett found Samuels through the air for another score. NC State went into the half with a comfortable 21-7 lead.

North Carolina State's Maurice Trowell (87) celebrates with Jaylen Samuels (28) after Samuels scored on a 3-yard touchdown run during the first half against Old Dominion at S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday Sept. 19, 2015. N.C. State won, 38-14. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

The offense got a little lazy in the third quarter, but thankfully the defense continued to play well. In the third quarter, Brandon Cherry returned a punt to the ODU 20. Matt Dayes found his way into the end zone a few plays later.

The rest of the game was pretty much irrelevant. The only notable happening was the return of RB Shadrach Thornton. Previously kicked off the team for a violation of rules, he was reinstated this week and scored a touchdown in garbage time on Saturday. His touchdown with 1:33 left in the game made the final score 38-14.

Takeaways

This was supposed to be the trap game. On the road, a primetime game, and the ODU team on the rise; NC State usually struggles in this type of game. For a team that usually plays down to their competition, this game was refreshing. The Wolfpack got ahead early and were never challenged.

Brissett had his lowest passing yardage of the season, but I’d like to think it’s because he didn’t need to. Much of the second half was just simple rushing plays to run the clock. He also hit his season high for rushing yards. Mostly thanks to his 21 yard TD run, Brissett was much more successful scrambling in this game.

North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett (12) passes under pressure from Old Dominion defensive end Poncho Barnwell (95) during the second half at S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday Sept. 19, 2015. N.C. State won, 38-14. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

Just like in the Troy game, one play made up most of Old Dominion’s offense. With the exception of that play, the defense kept the Monarchs quiet all night. Of course, we’d all love to do without the one play, but if that’s what it takes, I think most of the fans would be ok with that.

Finally, the return of Shadrach was also a bright spot. While Matt Dayes runs with a more elusive style, Thornton is definitely a power running back. Having both really completes the backfield, especially with Samuels as the “fullback.”

North Carolina State running back Matthew Dayes (21) breaks free from Old Dominion cornerback Aaron Young (27) during the first half at S.B. Ballard Stadium in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday Sept. 19, 2015. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

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Oh no, this isn’t good. I’m starting to believe. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but NC State is starting to look really good. I’m not crazy, but this looks like a different NC State team. They aren’t allowing these lesser teams to stick around and make games close. I know, I know. They’re going to let me down. Just let me believe for a second ok?

The Over/Under Recap of 2014

As we set forth to do our over-unders for 2015, here is a look at last year’s over/unders:

As you can see, we were within 1/2 a game of the following six schools: Florida State (12 regular season wins vs. over/under of 11.5); Virginia (5 wins vs 4.5); Clemson (9 wins vs. 9.5); North Carolina (6 wins vs. 6.5); Louisville (9 wins vs. 8.5); Duke (9 wins vs. 8.5);

We were slightly off on these five schools: North Carolina State (7 wins vs. 5.5); Miami (6 wins vs. 7.5); Wake Forest (3 wins vs. 4.5); Boston College (7 wins vs. 5.5); Notre Dame (7 wins vs 8.5);

We were way off on on these four schools: Georgia Tech (10 wins vs. 7.5); Virginia Tech (6 wins vs 8.5); Pitt (6 wins vs 8.5); Syracuse 3 wins vs 7.5).

What’s the over/under on how many schools we can come within 1/2 a win of this year?  Ha ha ha.  Just kidding.  Stay tuned for our 2015 over/unders…coming soon!

 

 

Final Bracket Contest Standings–Congrats to Gross Misconduct!

Final Standings

Round
Rank
Owner
Bracket
1
2
3
4
Semis
Finals
Bonus Pts
Total Pts
1
50
30
20
24
26
Wisconsin
12
162
2
48
36
30
16
13
Kentucky
17
160
3
38
27
30
24
13
21 (Duke)
6
159
4
54
27
30
24
13
Kentucky
3
151
5
48
30
30
24
13
Kentucky
3
148
6
48
30
25
16
13
Wisconsin
15
147
7
38
24
25
32
13
Kentucky
10
142
8
46
27
25
24
13
Kentucky
6
141
9
42
33
30
16
13
Kentucky
6
140
10
50
36
25
16
Kentucky
12
139
11
48
36
30
8
Kentucky
12
134
12
44
33
25
16
Virginia
12
130
13
44
27
25
16
13
Kentucky
3
128
14
50
27
20
16
Kentucky
13
126
15
38
24
30
16
13
Kentucky
3
124
16
46
27
30
8
Arizona
12
123
17
46
24
20
16
13
Kentucky
3
122
18
46
24
25
16
Kentucky
6
117
19
46
21
20
16
Kentucky
12
115
20
52
27
25
8
Virginia
3
115
21
50
27
10
8
13
Baylor
6
114
22
42
24
25
16
Villanova
6
113
23
40
27
20
16
Kentucky
6
109
24
40
30
20
16
Arizona
3
109
25
44
24
25
8
Kentucky
3
104

Gross Misconduct Wins Confidential Tourney Bracket Contest/Prize!

Although there is one more game to play, Gross Misconduct has an insurmountable lead and will win the contest.  If Wisconsin wins tonight, he will get 21 more points.  If Duke wins, the entrants with Duke winning cannot catch him.  So congrats to M Caffrey–Gross Misconduct–on winning the bracket contest & prize.  And thanks to all that entered….

Standings

Rank
Owner
Bracket
Correct Picks
Points
Bonus Pts
Total Pts
1
44
150
12
162
2
45
143
17
160
3
46
148
3
151
4
44
145
3
148
5
42
132
15
147
6
37
132
10
142
7
41
135
6
141
8
41
134
6
140
9
44
127
12
139
10
38
132
6
138
11
43
122
12
134
12
40
118
12
130
13
39
125
3
128
14
40
113
13
126
15
36
121
3
124
16
39
111
12
123
17
38
119
3
122
18
38
111
6
117
19
36
103
12
115
19
41
112
3
115
21
38
108
6
114
22
36
107
6
113
23
35
103
6
109
23
36
106
3
109
25
36
101
3
104

Len K Won $25, You Won $0. Next Time Enter Free Contests!

We have had an ACC fantasy football game all season.  We also had one during the bowl season.  With all precincts reporting, here is the top 5:

  1. LenvilleCards 117.7
  2. Josh Vickery 113.5
  3. ACaffrey 108.4
  4. Mr. Tar Heel  94.7
  5. Brian 80.7

Thus, LenvilleCards a/k/a Len K wins the $25.00 prize!

 

The Over/Under Recap of 2014

As we set forth to do our over-unders for 2015, here is a look at last year’s over/unders:

As you can see, we were within 1/2 a game of the following six schools: Florida State (12 regular season wins vs. over/under of 11.5); Virginia (5 wins vs 4.5); Clemson (9 wins vs. 9.5); North Carolina (6 wins vs. 6.5); Louisville (9 wins vs. 8.5); Duke (9 wins vs. 8.5);

We were slightly off on these five schools: North Carolina State (7 wins vs. 5.5); Miami (6 wins vs. 7.5); Wake Forest (3 wins vs. 4.5); Boston College (7 wins vs. 5.5); Notre Dame (7 wins vs 8.5);

We were way off on on these four schools: Georgia Tech (10 wins vs. 7.5); Virginia Tech (6 wins vs 8.5); Pitt (6 wins vs 8.5); Syracuse 3 wins vs 7.5).

What’s the over/under on how many schools we can come within 1/2 a win of this year?  Ha ha ha.  Just kidding.  Stay tuned for our 2015 over/unders…coming soon!

 

 

Florida State Football: The Over/Under

This article is the next in a series of articles in which the Confidential selects the over/under for football wins in 2014.  We’ll take a cursory look at the schedule and determine what we think is the point where folks will struggle to select “over” or “under.”  We hope people will share their comments as to “why” they are going over/under.  If you disagree with our over/under choice, of course, feel free to let us know too.  The last team up: Florida State.  We are going with an over/under of 11.5. Read more…

Clemson Football: The Over/Under

This article is the next in a series of articles in which the Confidential selects the over/under for football wins in 2014.  We’ll take a cursory look at the schedule and determine what we think is the point where folks will struggle to select “over” or “under.”  We hope people will share their comments as to “why” they are going over/under.  If you disagree with our over/under choice, of course, feel free to let us know too.  The 14th team up: Clemson.  We are going with an over/under of 9.5.

 

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Syracuse Football: The Over/Under

This article is the next in a series of articles in which the Confidential selects the over/under for football wins in 2014.  We’ll take a cursory look at the schedule and determine what we think is the point where folks will struggle to select “over” or “under.”  We hope people will share their comments as to “why” they are going over/under.  If you disagree with our over/under choice, of course, feel free to let us know too.  The thirteenth team up: Syracuse.  We are going with an over/under of 7.5.

 

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Louisville Football: The Over/Under

This article is the next in a series of articles in which the Confidential selects the over/under for football wins in 2014.  We’ll take a cursory look at the schedule and determine what we think is the point where folks will struggle to select “over” or “under.”  We hope people will share their comments as to “why” they are going over/under.  If you disagree with our over/under choice, of course, feel free to let us know too.  The twelfth team up: Louisville.  We are going with an over/under of 8.5.

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