Hosted by R. Cory Smith and Michael Clark, the Pack Pride Podcast is the official podcast of Pack Pride. A syndicated partner of 247Sports, Pack Pride is an independent publication that brings you the latest on NC State athletics. You can find us at www.PackPride.com.

After months of build-up to what promised to be a potentially huge moment for NC State to truly kickoff the 2021 season, the Wolfpack laid an egg against Mississippi State. James and Cory take a look back on the 24-10 loss to the Bulldogs in Starkville -- including the concerning offensive performance -- before looking ahead to what comes next.

We also used the second half of the show to highlight teams that you might be overlooking, including the No. 1 team in the country and a team with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country!

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After a week filled with hope and optimism, NC State fell flat against Mississippi State on the road in Starkville Saturday night. Michael and Cory take a look back on the blowout loss for the Wolfpack on the Postgame Podcast.

The guys breakdown the Pack's inability to respond from the opening kickoff, the offensive woes all the way around and what comes next as NC State looks to turn the season back around.

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Coming off a Week 1 victory over South Florida, NC State heads into Starkville for one of the biggest early tests of the season against Mississippi State. Cory Smith is joined by Robbie Faulk of Gene's Page -- the MSU site on 247Sports -- to break down the matchup.

What are the expectations for Year 2 under Mike Leach? Who are the biggest playmakers on the Bulldogs' offense? Why are the trenches such a big focal point after a comeback win over Louisiana Tech? What does Robbie predict as the outcome Saturday night?

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With Week 1 of the college football season wrapping up and the NFL set to start Thursday, Washington Football Team defensive end James Smith-Williams joined James and Cory to talk the Pack, WFT, Set the Expectation, the 2019 d-line class and more!

The guys also take one final look back at the win over USF, give their thoughts on what the mean wins for the Pack and look ahead to what needs to happen against Mississippi State to move to 2-0 on the season.

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Even with questions about the strength of the win, the Wolfpack's utter dominance over USF was an impressive showing for NC State as a whole. Michael and Cory take a look back on the Pack's 45-0 win to start the season on Thursday night.

The guys give their thoughts on Devin Leary's first game back, Ricky Person Jr. and Drake Thomas having huge nights, the defense pitching a shutout and hand out their game balls to the top performers.

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The NC State football season is so close you can almost taste it -- and I'm not just talking about tailgating. With the Wolfpack kicking off against South Florida on Thursday night, Will Turner of Bulls247 joins the Pregame Podcast to discuss the season opener.

What should Pack fans expect against former UNC QB Cade Fortin? Who are the biggest playmakers for the Bulls on offense? How experienced is the linebacker corps? Finally, what is Will's prediction for Thursday night?

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On this week's Pack Pride Weekly Podcast, James and Cory are joined by former NC State DB Dewayne Washington. The 12-year NFL veteran discusses the gift him and his wife, Adama, gave to NC State, watching his former Heritage players succeed with the Pack and his thoughts on the program this fall.

Cory and James also give their "over/under" predictions for several topics including offensive, defensive and overall wins for the 2021 campaign.

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The Pack Pride Weekly Podcast is back! James and Cory finally head back to Amedeo's for the first time in weeks and they're joined by former NC State coach Chuck Amato to discuss several topics including Bobby Bowden's passing and Bill Cowher being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

We also take a look at the latest storylines from fall camp, an early preview of USF's starting quarterback and Chuck looks back on the first fall camp for Philip Rivers.

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The final State of the Position podcast takes a look at the loaded special teams unit for the Wolfpack heading into the 2021 season. Michael and Cory break down everything from the experience at punter and kicker to the returning returners (that's a mouthful) for NC State.

What does it mean for the Pack to have a record-setting punter and kicker back for this fall? Will Thayer Thomas and Zonovan Knight continue to be dynamic on the return units? What has Todd Goebbel brought to the special teams?


There are only two cornerback spots on the field, but NC State has a ton of returning and incoming experience competing for the top of the depth chart. Michael and Cory break down the final position group with an in-depth look at a group that hopes to show vast improvement this fall.

What does transfer Derrek Pitts bring to the Pack's secondary? Will Shyheim Battle retain his role after starting all 12 games last year? How will Chris Ingram's return impact the unit? Who are some of the potential breakout stars?


NC State's season is just over two weeks away, and the talent in the secondary might be the best it's been in years. With returning starters at safety and nickel, Michael and Cory discuss why keeping all of the parts on the field will be critical, but the depth is the best it's been under Dave Doeren.

Can Jakeen Harris and Tyler Baker-Williams take the next step this fall? What should Pack fans expect from Tanner Ingle after an up-and-down season? How much will players like Cyrus Fagan, Rakeim Ashford and Joshua Pierre-Louis push the starters?


There is talent returning all over the roster for NC State heading into the 2021 campaign, but no position is more loaded than the linebacker corps. With all three returning starters back, along with two of the top reserves and incoming four-star freshmen, this position is stacked.

Michael and Cory take a look at the preseason All-ACC linebacker Payton Wilson, why Isaiah Moore is primed for an even better season, Drake Thomas' progress, Levi Jones' versatility and go down the list of the next linebackers up!


NC State enters the 2021 football season with depth at nearly every position, but the defensive line is loaded with some unproven, but talented players. Despite the loss of Alim McNeill, the Pack returns its sacks leader in Daniel Joseph, proven linemen in Savion Jackson and C.J. Clark along with a slew of emerging names that will make an impact this year.

Can this defensive line be even better than the 2020 season? How important was the return of Joseph for the Wolfpack? Will the nose tackle spot remain a strength for the defense? Who are the players primed to make a huge jump this fall?


The Wolfpack has several key faces across the entire football team, but two of the biggest leaders and talents are along the offensive line. NC State returns Grant Gibson and Ikem Ekwonu at center and tackle, respectively, but have battles at every other spot heading into the 2021 season.

Just how important are Gibson and Ekwonu to the success of the program? What makes Ekwonu one of the top talents for the 2022 NFL Draft? Who are the frontrunners for the other three spots heading into fall camp? Which players have breakout potential in the trenches?


NC State opened camp with a massive roster with players staying after the COVID year, but no position has more players than the receiver room. With 20-plus wideouts and tight ends on the roster, Cory and Michael take a look at the skill groups heading into fall camp.

What is the impact of Emeka Emezie returning and when might he return to practice? Just how loaded is the slot receiver position? Will this be Devin Carter's breakout campaign? Who are the tight ends to know? What role will Trent Pennix have as an H-back?