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.

The fun begins this week! NC State opens the ACC slate against UVA on Friday night. After a beatdown of VMI, can Brennan Armstrong go out with a bang in his final trip to Charlottesville?

We’ll discuss all of that and Cory will be joined by NC State women’s golfer Lauren Olivares Leon in the final segment to discuss her record-breaking start to the 2023 season!

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After a dominant performance by the Wolfpack in all three phases, NC State came away with a 45-7 win over VMI on Saturday afternoon. Cory Smith and Michael Clark take a look back at the bludgeoning and what we truly learned about the Pack after the win over an FCS opponent.

Is the NC State offense back on track heading into ACC play? How good can the two No. 8s for the Pack be this season? Where does the defense stand after another strong showing? We'll cover it all and hand out helmet stickers on the Postgame Podcast!

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On this week's podcast from Amedeo's, Cory Smith and James Curle take a more detailed look back at the loss to Notre Dame over the weekend. The guys touch on multiple topics from the loss, look ahead to the coming weeks and take questions from the live audience.

What's going on with the Wolfpack's offense? Is the defense an issue or is there too much being put on their shoulders? Should the Pack give snaps to MJ Morris over the next couple of weeks? We explore all that and more on this week's podcast!

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NC State held strong with Notre Dame for three quarters on Saturday afternoon, but couldn't come up with the big plays late in a 45-24 loss in the home opener. Cory Smith and Michael Clark discuss the loss on the latest Postgame Podcast and look ahead to what comes next.

How much of the loss should be put on Brennan Armstrong's shoulders? What is the biggest issue for the offense's lack of momentum? Why is the defense struggling to make plays despite having so many experienced players returning? We'll explore all that and look at the positives -- yes, there were some despite the loss -- on this episode.

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After getting a win in Week 1 against UConn on the road, the Wolfpack has its most daunting challenge of the non-conference schedule this Saturday: Notre Dame. NC State holds a 1-2 record against the Fighting Irish, so can the Pack get another win or will Notre Dame even the head-to-head record?

Tim Prister of Irish Illustrated joins Cory Smith to discuss the matchup on the Pregame Podcast. What do we truly know about the Irish after two games? Will Sam Hartman finally get his first win in Carter-Finley Stadium? How different is the offense around Hartman at Notre Dame? Where does the defense stand heading into Week 2 of the season? Get all that and a scoring prediction on this week's episode!

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On this week's episode of the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast, Cory Smith and James Curle take one final look back at the win over UConn and preview the home opener against Notre Dame.

In the second segment, Brandon Marcello of 247Sports will join the show to discuss the latest on ACC expansion. What do the additions of Cal, Stanford and SMU really do for the ACC? How pivotal was NC State reportedly changing its vote to make it all happen? And what's next in conference realignment? We'll break it all down on the latest podcast!

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NC State's offense and defense had bright spots and low moments on Thursday night, but the Wolfpack came away with a 24-14 win over UConn to start the season. Brennan Armstrong and Payton Wilson led the Pack on their respective sides of the ball to push State to 1-0 after Week 1 in Hartford, Connecticut.

Michael Clark and Cory Smith take a look back at the win, what it means for the Pack and where State needs to improve heading into next week's showdown with Notre Dame. Listen to the full podcast here and make sure to watch the stream on YouTube.

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NC State kicks off the 2023 football season in just over 48 hours against UConn, so we're wrapping up our Pack Pride Primers with a look at the special teams unit! Michael Clark and Cory Smith discuss the situations at kicker, punter and new names to know on the return team.

Can veteran transfer Brayden Narveson fill the shoes of Christopher Dunn this fall? Will Caden "Boomkester" Noonkester carry over his strong finish last fall to 2023? How critical is Joe Shimko's return at long snapper? And who are the names to know for the Pack in the return game? We cover it all on this podcast!

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With less than 72 hours remaining before NC State kicks off against UConn in Connecticut, Cory Smith and James Curle take a look ahead to the entire 2023 season. We'll discuss what to expect in Week 1, but also hand out predictions for the Wolfpack this fall.

Will Brennan Armstrong pass for more than 3,500 yards? Which player will lead the Wolfpack in rushing and receiving yards? Who will be NC State's top tackler and sack artist? How many games will the Wolfpack win this season? We'll break it all down on this podcast and discuss the latest on conference realignment in the ACC!

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In just three short days, NC State and UConn will kick off their 2023 seasons against each other in Storrs, Conn. on CBS Sports Network. With Week 1 quickly approaching, Cory Smith was joined on the first Pregame Podcast by Aman Kidwai of The UConn Blog to discuss the matchup.

What should Wolfpack fans expect from newly-named starting quarterback Joe Fagnano? How will the offense look around him after the conclusion of fall camp? Who are the defensive players to watch outside of stud linebacker Jackson Mitchell? And just how important is this game for the Huskies to put themselves in the national discussion again? We look at all that and get a prediction ahead of Week 1!

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With the NC State 2023 football season now in less than one week, we're wrapping up our previews for each and every position group for the Wolfpack! The Pack has one of the best tandems in the ACC at cornerback with Aydan White and Shyheim Battle, but also feels great about where the rest of the secondary stands despite losing multiple veterans.

Cory Smith and Michael Clark take an in-depth look at the All-ACC potential cornerbacks, but is the depth behind them strong enough to hold up? How hard are players like Devan Boykin and Jakeen Harris being pushed by talented players behind them at safety? And can Robert Kennedy III lock down the versatile nickel spot in Tony Gibson's scheme? We cover it all on this podcast!

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With the NC State 2023 football season exactly one week away, there's no better time to start previewing each and every position group for the Wolfpack! The Pack has to replace two of the most productive linebackers in school history with the departures of Isaiah Moore and Drake Thomas, but has experienced players waiting in the wings..

Cory Smith and Michael Clark take an in-depth look at the return of Payton Wilson along with Devon Betty, Jaylon Scott and Caden Fordham all looking to step up. Can Wilson stay healthy and put together another monster year at the WILL? What is the buzz on Betty and Scott out of camp? How key will Fordham be this season with limited depth behind him?

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With the NC State 2023 football season now just eight days away, there's no better time to start previewing each and every position group for the Wolfpack! The Pack has a lot of new faces on defense, but the defensive line returns a ton of starting experience and talent heading into this fall.

Cory Smith and Michael Clark take an in-depth look at the importance of the front line of Savion Jackson, C.J. Clark and Davin Vann and their potential impact. How have younger players like Travali Price, Brandon Cleveland and others prepared to make the next leap? What impact will transfers like Noah Potter and Red Hibbler have for the program? We touch on all that and more in this podcast!

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We're less than 10 days away from the start of the 2023 NC State football season, so this entire podcast will be focused on the Wolfpack football program. James and Cory discuss where things stand coming out of fall camp, possible strengths and weaknesses for the team, where position battles stand and much more!

In the second segment, Josh Pate of The Late Kick Podcast with 247Sports will join us to give his thoughts on NC State heading into the season. Could the Pack surge the year after expectations were the highest? What is the national perspective on Brennan Armstrong and Robert Anae? We'll get into all of that and more with Pate on this week's podcast!

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With the NC State 2023 football season less than two weeks away, there's no better time to start previewing each and every position group for the Wolfpack! The Pack has to replace some big names along the offensive line, but has several returning players with a wealth of experience in the trenches, too.

Cory Smith and Michael Clark take an in-depth look at Dylan McMahon, Anthony Belton, Tim McKay and the rest of the offensive line room. Will McMahon carry the torch at the center position? Can Anthony Belton and Tim McKay hold things down to protect Brennan Armstrong? How big of a concern are the guard positions and depth along the offensive line? What is the biggest change with Garett Tujague taking over?

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