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October 22, 2004

Coming of Age

For the NC State football program, now is the time. This weekend provides an opportunity for them to move up in stature as far as big time football programs are concerned. However, that probably won't happen. Yes, NCSU lost to UNC this year in a game that I do not believe was controversial. A referee made a call and that is the game....period. That loss, while not necessarily crippling our year, did not do much to help us. But this weekend we play Miami.....THE Miami. The Miami that whipped up on us in a Gator Bowl matchup a few years back (I think Edgerrin James ran for 5 touchdowns).

I realize that NCSU might not have much of a chance in this game, but the fellas of ESPN's Gameday must think it is a potentially big deal, because they will be spending the weekend in Raleigh to broadcast from the site of the game. If State possibly wins this game, it will most likely be on the defensive side of the ball. The offense is nothing short of mediocre.

Still, would a win be such a big deal for State? Yes and no. Yes, because anytime you beat a top 5 team, it is a big deal. No, because this win in no way makes us have a great season. If anything, we have shown that we play up or down to our competition. A win here does not mean that State will finally be able to play with the Big Boys of college football. Great teams are consistent, and we are not yet consistent. We seem to play well against some good teams (but still can lose), and struggle with teams we should clearly beat. I admit that UNC beat us, no blaming on the refs, no excuses. They deserved to win that game. But I also believe that our team is better than their's.

If NCSU wants to be included among the list of great football programs it will have to be shown over a season, or a couple of seasons, not just one game. A win would be big, but it would still be just one win. If we lose out the rest of the season, or even finish 7 and 5, this win would not mean so much. Consistency, consistency, consistency.

Posted by Woundwort at October 22, 2004 11:10 AM | TrackBack
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