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NC State is coming off another dominant win in non-conference play, but the real fun will begin this Saturday against Clemson. The Wolfpack will be met with not only the No. 5 Tigers and 81,500 fans, but also the remnants of Hurricane Ian on Saturday night in primetime on ABC.

Therefore, on this week's episode, James and Cory are joined by Spectrum News meteorologist and NC State graduate Lee Ringer to discuss Ian and its potential impact on the game. Bud Elliott of 247Sports and CBS Sports also joins the podcast in the final segment to break down the national perspective of Saturday's game and give his thoughts on NC State, Clemson and more!

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There's no hiding it at this point, all four games for NC State in September were leading up to Oct. 1 against Clemson. The Wolfpack cleared the final hurdle on Saturday against UConn, so Cory and Michael breakdown the 41-10 win over the Huskies on the Postgame Podcast.

What were the biggest takeaways from Devin Leary's performance? How big was it to get Devin Carter, Thayer Thomas and the other experience wideouts heavily involved? What's the status of injured players? Who earned helmet stickers on offense and defense? How critical is next Saturday's game in Death Valley?

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NC State took down its lone non-conference Power 5 opponent in Texas Tech on Saturday behind a blistering performance from the Wolfpack's defense and a strong outing from Demie Sumo-Karngbaye. James and Cory recap the game in the first portion of the podcast before linebacker Isaiah Moore joined the show.

Moore discussed the #PackUnited initiative, what made Saturday such a dominant night for the Pack defense, his leadership style, his return along with Payton Wilson's huge game and much more in the second segment.

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Category:Pack Pride Podcast -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

The Wolfpack moved to 3-0 on the season Saturday night after putting together a 27-14 win over Texas Tech at home. It marked the second non-conference Power 5 win in the Dave Doeren era -- both of which have come at home.

Cory Smith and Michael Clark break down the smothering defensive performance, the offense's continued struggles in the red zone, dominance from special teams and much more on the Postgame Podcast!

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Category:Pack Pride Podcast -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

NC State is set for its first home non-conference showdown against a Power 5 program since 2016 when it hosts Texas Tech on Saturday. Jarret Johnson of Inside the Red Raiders on 247Sports joined the pregame podcast to preview Texas Tech with Cory Smith.

What is different about the new offense for the Red Raiders? What type of quarterback is Donovan Smith? How experienced is this Texas Tech defense? We discuss all that and get Jarret's prediction for Saturday's matchup.

On this week's podcast, James and Cory were joined by a very special guest in former Wolfpack WR Emeka Emezie live from Amedeo's! Emezie discussed his busy offseason, being a fan of NC State for the first time, relives some moments over the years and much more.

On the second half of the podcast, the guys hand out their three stars of the week, take a look at the Texas Tech matchup and break down the talks about Dave Doeren and Nebraska.

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Category:Pack Pride Podcast -- posted at: 9:47am EDT

On a day where the college football world was going crazy, the Wolfpack looked dominant in a 55-3 win over Charleston Southern. Michael and Cory take a look at how NC State trounced the Buccaneers early and just kept pouring it on.

Did Saturday's game prove Devin Leary bounced back from the ECU performance? Just how important is Tyler Baker-Williams to the Pack's defense? Which reserve players stood out in the blowout win? We take a look at all of that and hand out game balls on this podcast!

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Coming off an up-and-down showing on the road against East Carolina, NC State returns home this Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff against Charleston Southern. David Shelton of the Post & Courier joins Cory Smith to discuss the Buccaneers and what to expect from Autry Denson's team in Week 2.

Who are the offensive players to know for the Bucs? What was Jack Chambers' impact before transferring to NC State? Will this be a get-right game for the offense against CSU's defense? Finally, does he expect the Pack to cover the massive spread on Saturday?

On this week's episode of the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast, Cory and James talk about actual football being played! The guys recap the narrow win over ECU, Devin Leary's performance, the injuries coming out of Greenville and if the wake-up call was a good thing in Week 1.

We also take a look around the rest of the ACC, including who looks better -- or worse -- than we initially thought heading into the season. The podcast is wrapped up with the return of the "Three Stars" with a look at the standouts from the past week.

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Category:Pack Pride Podcast -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

After a nail-biting finish on Saturday afternoon that took a missed PAT and field goal from ECU, NC State came out with a 21-20 victory in Greenville. It wasn't a pretty win, but Michael and Cory break it all down nonetheless on the postgame podcast.

The guys take a look at the play of Devin Leary, Demie Sumo-Karngbaye's breakout performance, the defensive outing and where the Pack goes from here. We also hand out MVPs to offensive and defensive players from the win over East Carolina.

The first pregame podcast of the season is here! Stephen Igoe of Hoist the Colours on the 247Sports network joins Cory Smith to preview the Wolfpack's season opener in Greenville against East Carolina on Saturday.

How much has changed under Mike Houston since 2019? What should NC State fans expect from the backfield of Holton Ahlers and Keaton Mitchell? How experienced is the defense for the Pirates? What will the atmosphere be like for the Pack at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium? We touch on it all in this podcast!

With the start of the 2022 football season just days away, Cory and James give their predictions for the ECU matchup, over/under for 8.5 wins and other props like Devin Leary going for 4,000+ yards, a 1,000-yard receiver and several defensive categories, too.

The guys also break down the last week for NC State -- including two huge games for Jameese Joseph and Jaiden Thomas -- and discuss the bulletin board material from an ECU linebacker on Monday afternoon.

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Category:Pack Pride Podcast -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

We are officially single-digit days away from the start of the NC State 2022 football season. And with so much hype building around the program, the expectations are at an all-time high for the Wolfpack.

Cory Smith, Michael Clark and Alec Sawyer go through the entire schedule and give their pick and reasoning for each game. The guys also give their predictions for several awards, including player of the year and breakout player on both sides of the ball.

It's that time of year again! NC State heads into the 2022 football season with a wealth of talent and depth all over the roster, so it's time to dive into the depth chart with the position preview podcasts.

With just 10 days left before the season starts, Michael and Cory dive into the special teams units. Who are the leaders for the kickoff return position? What should Pack fans expect from Shane McDonough? What will Chris Dunn and Thayer Thomas do in their final seasons? We cover it all in this podcast!

Several teams from NC State Athletics are on the cusp of starting the season, but the women's soccer program is already off to a 2-0 start. Wolfpack veterans Jameese Joseph and Jaiden Thomas join us to talk about the hot start, their leadership on the team, working with the Pack of Wolves NIL Collective, becoming the first student-athletes with an Adidas NIL deal and more!

In the second segment, James and Cory break down Kevin Concepcion's commitment, the latest with NC State football in fall camp, players who have stood out and what we've learned from the All-Access show on ACC Network.

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Category:Pack Pride Podcast -- posted at: 10:30am EDT