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Posted on: December 28, 2010 4:10 pm
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CBS Bowl Bonanza: Champs Sports Bowl

Posted by Chip Patterson

The Basics: West Virginia faces NC State, 6:30 PM Tuesday

Why You Should Watch: Both West Virginia and NC State fell just a game shy of an opportunity to play for a BCS bid, and they will each be looking to turn that disappointment around and finish the season strong.  The game is also loaded with exciting playmakers - Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, Russell Wilson, Nate Irving - to name a few. Both offenses have had high scoring performances this season, though West Virginia's defense ranks among the best in the NCAA in scoring defense.  While Wilson still has one year left of eligibility, many believe that Tuesday will the be his final game in a Wolfpack football uniform.  He has already signed a contract to play with the Colorado Rockies, who he has already bypassed one year for his junior season.  Wilson has been part of Tom O'Brien's success at NC State, and I expect he will be looking to cap his career off with another performance.  West Virginia also has an interesting storyline with the awkward announcement that Bill Stewart will be phased out before the 2012 season.  Basically a sitting duck until Dana Holgorsen takes over, Stewart will fire up the Mountaineers for their seventh ACC bowl opponent since 2002.    
 
Keys to victory for West Virginia:  While Geno Smith has had an impressive second half of the season, the Mountaineers are living on the play of their defense.  West Virginia's defense, particularly in the second half, simply refused to give up the big play against their opponents.  Russell Wilson has a tendancy to wear a defense down with lots of pitch and catch, so West Virginia cannot let him get in a rhythm.  If NC State keeps this game close, I have a feeling it's going to be a shootout.  If the Mountaineers can shut down Wilson, Geno Smith should find it easy to catch the NC State secondary napping for a big play or two.

Keys to victory for NC State: Match West Virginia's intensity on defense.  While not one of the superior defensive units in the ACC, NC State's linebackers are the cream of the crop.  Led by Nate Irving, they will have an opportunity to create big plays to slow West Virginia's momentum.  When NC State is blitzing the quarterback, they mask their shortcomings in the secondary.  If they allow West Virginia's offense to keep them on their heels, the Pack will struggle mightily to play keep-up. 

The Champs Sports Bowl is like: The third place match in international competition.  Both teams fell just a game short of their conference championship hopes, and now this is their consolation.  Much of this game will be decided by who decides to really "bring it."  If both teams do, it could be a thrilling game in Orlando. 
Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:46 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 12:48 pm
 

Nate Irving goes 'WWE' on Wake Forest WR [GIF]

Posted by Chip Patterson

Often a wide receiver will find himself being greeted face to face by a linebacker to the tune of a punishing open-field hit.  Many times, the wide receiver does not expect it and is left gathering himself for a few moments.  But the only thing worse, is the premeditated knowledge of your coming doom.  Such was the case for Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro.  

Campanaro found himself wrapped up by North Carolina State linebacker Nate Irving during the Wolfpack's 38-3 victory last Saturday, when he felt something funny.  His feet had left the ground.  Instead of a force pushing Campanaro to the turf, he was being lifted in the air.  I imagine, that the following split seconds seemed like an eternity.  After all Irving is one of the most talented and feared linebackers in the ACC, and he was in the midst of a performance that would finish with an NCAA-record 8 TFLs.  Rather hitting the ground when you least expect it, Campanaro had plenty of time to feel his body receive the full suplex into the Carter-Finley Stadium grass.  Face-to-face, the 6-1 235 pound Irving looks like a human incarnation of the Predator.  In fact, I was shocked he did not just start skinning Campanaro on the spot.

As Tom Fornelli pointed out, the only thing that would make this GIF better is if Campanaro's head stuck in the ground, leaving only his legs to dangle pointing towards the sky.

      

 
 
 
 
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