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.

Not only did NC State need a win on Saturday against Louisville, it needed its new-look defense to step up in a big way. Cory Smith breaks down the game and why the defense was a catalyst all night long for the Wolfpack along with a look at the offense's resurgence in the fourth quarter.

Cory rides solo in this podcast and also takes a look at Devin Leary's huge night, Drake Thomas embodying Isaiah Moore and hands out game balls on both sides of the ball!


NC State is looking to rebound from the Miami loss this Saturday with its first home game in nearly one month vs. Louisville. Jody Demling of The Cardinal Authority on 247Sports joins Cory to discuss the Cardinals and the matchup with the Wolfpack.

What has made Malik Cunningham even more lethal this year as a dual-threat QB? Who are the playmakers for the offense outside of Cunningham? Why do Pack fans need to know the name Yasir Abdullah? Who is Jody picking for Saturday?


Less than one week ago, Amedeo's founder Amedeo "Dick" DeAngelis passed away. James and Cory share their thoughts on the Wolfpack legend and his impact on the NC State community before reflecting on the Miami loss.

In the second segment, Wolfpack legend Earl Wolff joins the podcast! Wolff discusses his time with the Pack, gives his thoughts on attending the Miami game, his interest in coaching with NC State and much more!

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On a night where NC State did a lot of things right on both sides of the ball, missed assignments and mental mistakes led to a Miami win by a final of 31-30. Michael and Cory take a look back on the loss and what it means for the season.

How impactful was the loss of Isaiah Moore for the defense in late-game situations? How much did the miscues hurt the Pack in the end? What comes next as NC State aims to get back on track at home against Louisville?


Coming off its first road win of the season, NC State travels to Miami this Saturday night to take on the Hurricanes in primetime. David Lake of InsideTheU joins Cory to break down the Canes' 2-4 (0-2 ACC) start, takes an in-depth look at both sides of the ball and gives his prediction.

How much different is Tyler Van Dyke at QB and why does his mouth run faster than his legs? Who are the playmakers to know on offense and defense? Who does David believe will pull out the win?


NC State not only earned its first road win of the 2021 season, but did so in convincing fashion against Boston College. James and Cory are joined by former NC State WR Richard Washington to discuss the Pack's win in Chestnut Hill, the upcoming matchup in Miami and his time with the program.

The guys also explain why the BC win was so critical, go in-depth on the road ahead for the Pack and discuss the Wolfpack women's soccer win over UNC-Chapel Hill over the weekend.

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No. 22 NC State lived up to its ranking and more with a dominant showing at Boston College in a 33-7 victory. Michael and Cory take a look back on the complete effort from the Wolfpack to clinch the first road win of the season.

The guys break down everything from Devin Leary's continued growth, huge catches by the wideouts, the defense's smothering play and the special teams stepping up after struggling in the last road contest.

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After a week off for both programs, NC State and Boston College will resume their strong seasons in Chestnut Hill on Saturday evening. Tyler Calvaruso of Eagle Insider joins the Pregame Podcast to break down BC and the matchup as a whole.

What has changed about the BC offense without Phil Jurkovec? How have Pat Garwo III and Zay Flowers continued to carry the offense? Who are the playmakers to know in the Eagles' defense? Finally, what is Calvaruso's prediction for Saturday?

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NC State comes off a bye week at 4-1 (1-0 ACC) with all of its goals and opportunities ahead of it. James and Cory take a look back on the start of the season for the Wolfpack, recap the Louisiana Tech win and look forward to the final seven matchups as the Pack aims to do some damage in the ACC.

The guys also discuss the entire ACC as a whole and give their thoughts on the most surprising programs -- good and bad -- along with their predictions for the rest of the way. We cap it off with a quick look at both men's and women's basketball ahead of ACC Media Days.

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It wasn't easy, but NC State (4-1, 1-0 ACC) held on to beat a tough Louisiana Tech team (2-3, 1-0 C-USA) Saturday night, 34-27, inside Carter Finley Stadium. The offense came alive in the second half and the defense made some timely plays, including a game-sealing interception from safety Jakeen Harris. Michael and Cory break it all down in the Pack Pride Postgame Podcast.

How big were the performances of running backs Ricky Person and Zonovan Knight? How impactful were dynamite linebacker Isaiah Moore and Drake Thomas? What does this performance say about the Wolfpack?


Coming off the biggest win of the Dave Doeren era over Clemson, NC State faces yet another tough test in Louisiana Tech this weekend. Ethan Sands of the USA Today Network joins Cory Smith to break down the Bulldogs ahead of Saturday's matchup.

What should Pack fans expect from QB Austin Kendall if he's cleared to play? Who are the playmakers on offense and defense for La Tech? What has led to the Bulldogs' 2-2 record with two losses by a combined 3 points? What is Ethan's prediction for Saturday?


It's episode No. 100 of the Weekly Pod! Following the Wolfpack's win over previously No. 9 Clemson, James and Cory break down the win, what it means for the program and look ahead to Louisiana Tech before the start of a tough ACC slate after the bye.

In the final segment, Cory is joined by Ruffin McNeill to discuss the Pack's latest win, his relationships with the players and more! NC State's Special Assistant to the Head Coach also talks about being inducted into the ECU Hall of Fame later this year.

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It was finally NC State's time. After years of close calls and always somehow stumbling over the hurdle that is Clemson, the Wolfpack pulled out a double-overtime victory for the ages inside Carter-Finley Stadium. Michael and Cory break it all down immediately after the thrilling win.

Just how special was Devin Leary's night? How impactful were the wide-receiving duo of Emeka Emezie and Devin Carter? What does this performance say about the strength of the Pack's defense?


This coming Saturday is building up to be a massive game for both Clemson and NC State in Raleigh, so we pulled in a big-time guest for this week's Pregame Podcast. Eric Mac Lain of the ACC Network, a former o-lineman for Clemson, joins us to talk about the Tigers ahead of the showdown in Carter-Finley Stadium.

What's going on with D.J. Uiagalelei and the Tigers' offense? How prepared are Will Shipley and Kobe Pace to be lead backs? Why is it so tough to score a TD against this Clemson D? We break it all down on the Pregame Podcast!


With the Wolfpack coming off another decisive win over a non-conference opponent at home, this Saturday's game is yet another opportunity for a big-time win. Jonas Pope IV of the News & Observer joins Cory and James in a roundtable discussion about NC State's start to the season and the matchup against Clemson.

What have we learned about Devin Leary and the Pack's offense? Is this defense ready for a huge stage at home against the Tigers? We discuss all of these topics and more on this week's podcast!

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