Every year, we Wolfpack fans take a look at our schedule and pick our wins and losses. Some years, we are more optimistic than others, but there are some sure things we can always count on and factor in when forming our expectations for the year: NC State Sheeeeet to rear its ugly head, and big wins against top teams mixed in with WTF losses. In other words, it’s just State being State.
This past Saturday against Wake Forest went as most State fans expected. Yes, you read that correctly. Fortunately I was on a business trip and since Directv thinks they are too good for WatchESPN, I didn’t have to sit through the misery of watching us once again lose to an inferior team on the road. Probably a good thing, as I said many an obscene word just watching my twitter feed and getting score updates from my Score mobile app. The last time we won at Wake was my husband’s 2001 team. There’s no reason for that. We’ve been the superior team every time, yet, we knew this was going to happen, because State is State. We play to the level, or in this case below, of our competition, and with no home field advantage, it’s a loss every time.
IT MAKES NO SENSE. There is no logical reason for us to go from barely beating a 2A (FCS) squad in Richmond, to manhandling a national contender in Clemson for *almost* an entire game, to getting smacked in the mouth by a sorry Wake team. We didn’t lose because of injuries like some of my Pack Pride brethren want to believe. No. We played like hot garbage. We lost because we were State being State.
I was hoping Doeren might be the one to turn it around, and who knows, he might. By the end of the season, he’ll know what it truly means to be State, and maybe he’ll have a better game plan next season than Amato and TOB did for factoring in our “Stateness” throughout the season. Until then, I’ll just keep my expectations tempered and go through the schedule as usual. I fully expect a win we shouldn’t get as well as some inexcusable losses. One of these days, we’ll turn it around, but then again, we’re State, and that’s just what we do.