These two teams were supposed to play last year, but Hurricane Florence had other plans and canceled it. This is the first time the two teams have played since the Champs Sports Bowl in 2010. Some guy named Russell Wilson led the Wolfpack to a 23-7 win over the Mountaineers.
As for 2019, no matter what numbers you look at, none of them looked good for West Virginia in that 38-7 loss at Missouri last week.
Numbers need to get better in many areas including rushing the ball. West Virginia is averaging just 32 yards per game — that ranks 129th in the nation. NC State will not be having any of that, though, as the Wolfpack is allowing just 24.5 rush yards per game.
It also helps to occasionally score, and that is really the match-up statistically that will likely decide this game: the WVU offense against the NC State defense.
WVU is averaging just 13.5 points per game while NC State is allowing just 3 points per game. That ranks second in the country, and get this — NC State is one of just two teams that has yet to allow a touchdown this season.
A big difference between West Virginia’s win in week one versus the loss in week two deals with taking care of the pigskin. The Mountaineers had no turnovers in week one, but two costly interceptions by Austin Kendall turned into 14 points for Missouri.
Don’t expect NC State to get careless with the ball. The Wolfpack are just one of six teams nationally that have yet to turn it over — perhaps the WVU defense can change that Saturday.