We knew a few games and dates but did not have the complete picture for 2017 until today. The ACC released the complete football schedule for next season, and here is what it’s gonna look like for the Wolfpack:
Sept. 2 — vs. South Carolina (Bank of America Stadium/Charlotte)
Sept. 9 — vs. Marshall
Sept. 16 — vs. Furman
Sept. 23 — at Florida State
Sept. 30 — vs. Syracuse
Oct. 5 — vs. Louisville (Thursday night ESPN game)
Oct. 14 — at Pittsburgh
Oct. 28 — at Notre Dame
Nov. 4 — vs. Clemson
Nov. 11 — at Boston College
Nov. 18 — at Wake Forest
Nov. 25 — vs. North Carolina (that’s a Saturday!)
Last season, you may remember, NC State had to run the Clemson-Louisville-FSU gauntlet in the span of four weeks, but we have a much more balanced schedule in 2017. It also helps that two of those three are at home rather than on the road.
NC State will be playing a Thursday-nighter against Louisville, which could be a heck of an atmosphere depending on how the Florida State game goes. I don’t really like opening league play in September but, hey, the other team is still getting themselves together too, I suppose.
The bye week comes at a great time, giving State a mid-season break right before heading into a pretty tough two-week stretch.
The schedule sets up for a potential strong finish, and the UNC game is on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, not Friday.