Players: Mike Glennon (6-6/230/Sr) 401-639 for 4,362 yards and 38 TD's (18 INT's)
Strengths: Glennon, a former Under Armour All-American coming out of high school, is the real deal at quarterback. He has ideal size, he's smart, he can make throws all over the field, and has established himself as one of the premier quarterbacks in the conference. He will be, by far, the best passing quarterback the Canes have faced so far this season.
Weaknesses: There aren't many. Throughout his career, however, he's been a much better quarterback at home. Most of his worst performances have come on the road and he'll obviously be there again this weekend.
Players: Tony Creecy (6-0/195/So) 134-512-3; 33-192-3 receiving ... Shadrach Thornton (6-1/200/Fr) 21-145-1
Strengths: The Wolfpack have some nice size at the running back position. Both of their top two guys are around 200 pounds and can run between the tackles, move the chains, and help eat up a lot of clock. Creecy is also one of the most talented pass-catchers among running backs in the entire conference.
Weaknesses: They don't have the gamebreakers at the position. Creecy, the starter, is averaging less than four yards per carry in his career. They don't have someone that can hit the home run very often.
Players: Bryan Underwood (5-11/170/So) 25-364-6 ... Quintin Payton (6-4/210/Jr) 28-483-1 ... Tobias Palmer (5-11/175/Sr) 50-592-5
Strengths: All three of their main guys here are proven pass-catchers in this offense. All three have experience and have been productive throughout their careers. Payton is a Z receiver who is very physical, strong as a blocker in the running game, and a red zone weapon. Underwood already has six career touchdowns as just a sophomore so he's a big play guy.
Weaknesses: Like Miami, NC State doesn't really have a true number one receiver on their roster -- someone who is always looked upon to come up with a play when the team needs it most. The three main guys don't make a lot of plays deep down the field, either.
Players: Mario Carter (6-4/260/Sr) 21-190-1
Strengths: Carter is a multi-year starter and does some different things. He's used as a blocker and can be very physical in his help there. He also has shown the ability to catch some passes. He's sort of a combination of Clive Walford and Dyron Dye.
Weaknesses: While he catches some passes in their offense, he's not a major threat. Most of his receptions are close to the line of scrimmage and he doesn't get many yards after the catch.
Players: LT Tyson Chandler (6-6/340/So) ... LG R.J. Mattes (6-6/305/Sr) ... C Camden Wentz (6-3/300/Sr) ... RG Zach Allen (6-3/320/Sr) ... RT Andrew Wallace (6-5/305/Sr)
Strengths: This group averages 315 pounds per man. They're big, strong, very good run blockers as a group, and it's an experienced group. The three interior guys have 90 career starts among them. The Canes won't face a more veteran group -- especially inside -- all season.
Weaknesses: The tackles aren't real good in pass protection. Chandler is very young and still learning in a lot of ways. They've given up a lot of sacks this season and trouble with speed rushers so it'll be interesting to see the roles guys like Tyriq McCord and Kelvin Cain play, especially in pass rushing situations.