Head Coach Dave Doeren’s first Wolfpack squad will also face Boston College, Florida State, Wake Forest and Duke on the road. Five of the Pack’s opponents ranked among the top 20 in the nation last year in total offense, including four that will play in Carter-Finley Stadium this season. The Wolfpack will also compete against the four other Division I schools in the state of North Carolina for the first time since 2008.
The Pack will also play host to Louisiana Tech, East Carolina, Central Michigan and Richmond. All four non-conference opponents posted winning records in 2012, combining for a 32-17 record. East Carolina and Central Michigan both played in bowl games, while Louisiana Tech led the nation in total offense and scoring offense with 51.1 points per game.
“I am very excited to host eight home games here at Carter Finley Stadium in 2013,” said Doeren. “The home field advantage that exists in our great stadium is a true blessing. We know that building a championship caliber program will require signing highly-skilled student-athletes, as well as winning on the road and taking care of business at home. Recruiting will be especially important, since a number of starters from 2012 have completed their eligibility. We know that we will be truly tested with the games we have in front of us.“
Spring practice will begin for NC State on March 24. The Wolfpack will host the annual Kay Yow Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 20. The game time will be announced in the coming weeks.