When NC State beat No. 12 Louisville to reach the NCAA title game, it was the most dominating win in school history.
Now, the Wolfpack have a shot to end their school-record losing streak, as well as the team’s two-game winning streak against FBS teams, as the Wolfpacks enter their bye week undefeated in conference play.
But NC State’s defense was the reason why the win, as they have allowed only seven points in three consecutive losses, including an embarrassing 31-3 blowout loss to Notre Dame on Oct. 20.
NC State (10-1) is playing its third consecutive ACC game, but the team is still looking for its first conference win.
The Wolfpack’s first three ACC victories have all come by one score or less, and it’s only their second win over a ranked opponent (Sept. 26 at Duke) since the start of last season.
The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and on ESPN3 and the WolfPack website, as NC State hosts Clemson on Saturday (7 p.m.
NC State also has its second-most wins (26) since returning to the ACC in 2015 and has its first-ever win over an FBS team (Sept 15 at Georgia).
The WolfPack has lost four straight against ranked opponents and is now just 2-8 against the ACC.
The loss to Louisville was the first time in school-history the Wolf Pack lost back-to-back games, as it was a season-high eight-point defeat in 2013.
NC St. is coming off back-breaking victories over Miami (Fla.) and Duke (Aug. 28).
The Panthers are 2-2 in ACC play, but have dropped their last two games and have lost five of their last six.
Carolina is averaging 37.5 points and 39.5 percent shooting in its last six games.
The Panthers won’t be without a reliable backcourt in junior forward Jameel McKay and junior forward Jalen Williams, who both scored in double figures in their last four ACC games.
In addition, junior forward Cameron Jefferson is averaging a team-high 20.4 points per game, while senior guard Anthony Davis is averaging 15.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.