After a week off, the Boston College football team looks to bounce back in its first true road test of the year -- vs. N.C. State in Raleigh, North Carolina. The game will be televised by the ACC's Regional Sports Networks and broadcast on 93.7 FM and the BC IMG Sports Radio Network. Wes Durham and James Bates are on the call.
N.C. State is off to a 4-2 start to the season, but has lost the last two straight including a 41-0 demolition at the hands of Clemson. The Wolfpack offense, which entered the game as the conference's top unit, was held to just 154 total yards of offense (35 through the air) and 4-of-19 (!) passing in the shutout loss. Head coach Dave Doeren is in his second year at the helm of the Wolfpack, which has lost 10 straight conference games going back to the end of the 2012 season.
Boston College had the week off to lick its wounds following a late minute, 24-21 home loss to Colorado State. The Eagles are down two key members of the defense after Bryce Jones was kicked off the team (unspecified team rules violation) and Mehdi Abdesmad was lost to the same knee injury suffered in last year's game against Florida State. The BC offensive line does get a key member back this week -- Bobby Vardaro -- which should help pave the way for the nation's sixth best rushing attack (316.8 yards per game).
This will be the 12th meeting between the two schools. Boston College owns a 7-4 advantage in the all-time series; 6-3 as ACC Atlantic Division foes. Last season, BC rolled up 420 yards and 4 TDs on the ground in a 38-21 victory that got the Eagles to six wins and bowl eligible. The home team is 9-2 in the series and BC just 1-3 playing at Carter-Finley Stadium.
Game Time, TV channel: 3:30 p.m. Eastern, ACC RSN
Radio: BC IMG Sports Radio Network, 93.7 FM