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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET11:30 PM GMT7:30 AM 北京时间4:30 PM MST6:30 PM EST, Oct. 16, 2021
Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

No. 22 NC State, Boston College face off rested after byes

North Carolina State Wolfpack at Boston College Eagles

  1. Boston College and NC State have split their last 10 meetings (five wins apiece), with just three points separating the teams over that span (NC State 223, BC 220).
  2. NC State has held its last 10 opponents to under 30 points, tied with Georgia and Penn State for the third-longest active streak in the FBS behind Iowa (31) and BYU (18).
  3. With Zonovan Knight and Ricky Person Jr., NC State is one of six FBS teams to have two running backs averaging 5.0+ yards per rush on 60+ carries this season, along with Appalachian State, Baylor, Illinois, Oregon and UCLA.
  4. Boston College has lost 21 straight games against AP Top 25 opponents, the third-longest active streak among Power 5 teams behind Kansas (42) and Rutgers (33).
  5. Trae Barry has averaged 16.2 yards per catch over his career at Jacksonville State and Boston College, the second-highest mark among all Division I (FBS/FCS) tight ends with at least 100 receptions over the last 25 years, behind current Coastal Carolina TE Isaiah Likely (16.3).

No. 22 North Carolina State is entering a challenging stretch of the season after an open week on the schedule.

That's fine with the Wolfpack going into a meeting with Boston College on Saturday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

NC State (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) has plenty left to prove, according to coach Dave Doeren.

"That means we're really focused on the present," Doeren said. "It does matter that four of the next five are on the road, but what matters more is that we just take this week for what it is. Let's be the best that we can be this week. We'll worry about next week next week."

The Wolfpack already have knocked off ACC kingpin Clemson, yet a path toward a league championship is filled with potential pitfalls.

That's why the team spent time focused on improvement during its week off.

"I think we're a team that wants to get better. That's the biggest thing," Doeren said. "We're a very close group of guys. They play hard for each other."

Boston College (4-1, 0-1) is also coming off an open date. It hasn't played since falling 19-13 to then-No. 25 Clemson on Oct. 2.

"We've got to finish," Eagles coach Jeff Hafley said of what would make a difference in trying for a special season.

Now Boston College has a homecoming game, going into a second game in a row against a nationally ranked opponent.

"We'll stick together and we'll be better," Hafley said. "We can play with anybody, anywhere in any venue, any time of the night."

Boston College running back Pat Garwo III is averaging 93.8 yards per game on the ground. That has helped as the Eagles have transitioned to Dennis Grosel (four touchdown passes, four interceptions) as the starting quarterback.

"They're doing a good job of making the offense fit their QB and not turning the football over, not hurting their defense," Doeren said.

But NC State is tops in the ACC in total defense and rushing defense. The Wolfpack have given up just one rushing touchdown this season.

The Eagles have racked up 300 passing yards seven times in 16 games under Hafley. Doeren said Boston College receiver Zay Flowers, who leads the Eagles with 23 catches for 345 yards, is a difference-maker.

NC State's lone loss came in its only road venture, at Mississippi State.

"We've got to do a great job of being focused and executing," Doeren said. "There's a lot of things that win football games on the road. Turnover margin is critical."

Since joining the ACC, four of Boston College's top 10 scoring totals in conference games have come against the Wolfpack. This season, the Eagles are averaging 35.6 points per game.

Boston College leads the series 10-7, including 7-3 in home games. The Atlantic Division teams didn't play each other last year because of the restructured pandemic-related schedule, so Boston College's 45-24 homecoming win in 2019 marks the last meeting.

This will be Boston College's first home game on a Saturday night since Clemson visited in November 2018.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 13, 2021

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