Scouting N.C. State: How The Wolfpack Wins...
1. Ride the emotion: Even through the inconsistent Chuck Amato and Tom O'Brien years, N.C. State was a consistent over-performer in big-game, high-stakes games at home. The Tigers will get the Wolfpack's best shot early, and State will need something to show on the scoreboard for its effort.
2. Spread the field and attack with tempo: Dave Doeren's fresh approach to the Wolfpack offense hasn't hit its stride yet, but if State can execute at a higher level - spreading the field and attacking with tempo - the Wolfpack will have its best chance of putting the Tiger defense on its heels. N.C. State's overall offensive skill level is good enough to make a game of it.
3. Sustain the attack: The Wolfpack, like Clemson, wants to keep the chains moving. It's been so-far, so-good for State in that area, as the Wolfpack leads the ACC in first downs per game and is converting its third-down chances at a 50-percent clip.
4. Don't turn it over: Clemson showed against both Georgia and South Carolina State that it's capable of cashing in, and changing the game, when opponents are loose with the football.
5. Get points in the red zone. Again, like Clemson, N.C. State has the ability to salvage field-goal points from failed red-zone opportunities. Placekicker Niklas Sade has been deadly accurate this season - 7 of 7 - and already has a pressure-packed game-winner under his belt.