2022 North Carolina State Football Schedule: Dates, Times, & Analysis

Dave Doeren has the North Carolina State Wolfpack primed for a big run in 2022. This team narrowly broke through a year ago but fell 45-42 to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons late in the year. The Atlantic Division won’t be a cakewalk, but the Wolfpack are a bonafide contender in the ACC.

The team returns 17 starters overall, led by quarterback Devin Leary, who developed into one of the country’s best passers last year with 35 touchdowns and only five interceptions. The defense returns ten starters after allowing only 19.7 points per game last season. Will the Wolfpack make a run in 2022?

Here’s a look at NC State’s schedule with dates, times, opponents, and analysis:

Week 1 – at East Carolina Pirates

Date: September 3

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

This has been a difficult road trip for NC State, which has dropped three of its last four visits to Greenville. If the Wolfpack hopes to make a run in 2022, they’ll need to begin reversing trends like that, and it all starts in Week 1.

Week 2 – vs. Charleston Southern Buccaneers

Date: September 10

Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

This will be the first-ever meeting between these two schools. The Wolfpack have never dropped a game to an FCS school.

Week 3 – vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Date: September 17

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET

These teams have not met since 2003, and NC State has won four straight. The Texas Tech Red Raiders enter Year 1 of the Joe McGuire era, and the offense figures to look different (and likely better) under offensive coordinator Zach Kittley.

Week 4 – vs. Connecticut Huskies

Date: September 24

Time: TBD

The third of three straight home games comes against a struggling Connecticut Huskies program entering Year 1 under new head coach Jim Mora Jr.

Week 5 – at Clemson Tigers

Date: October 1

Time: TBD

For the Wolfpack to win the Atlantic, they’ll need to get by Clemson first. NC State broke an eight-game losing streak to the Clemson Tigers with last year’s 27-21 win in double overtime.

Week 6 – vs. Florida State Seminoles

Date: October 8

Time: TBD

NC State has won four of the last five meetings, but this is a potential letdown following a big meeting with Clemson the week before.

Week 7 – at Syracuse Orange

Date: October 15

Time: TBD

The Wolfpack have dominated this series, holding a 13-2 advantage over the Syracuse Orange.

Week 8 – BYE

Week 9 – vs. Virginia Tech Hokies

Date: October 27

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Both teams enter off a bye and will be fully rested. The Virginia Tech Hokies have won five straight meetings but figure to be rebuilding in Year 1 under Brent Pry.

Week 10 – vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Date: November 5

Time: TBD

A monumental matchup with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons could decide the fate of both teams in 2022. The Wolfpack have won six straight meetings in Raleigh and will be hungry to avenge last year’s 45-42 Demon Deacons win.

Week 11 – vs. Boston College Eagles

Date: November 12

Time: TBD

The Wolfpack have won four of their last five Senior Day games. The Boston College Eagles have Phil Jurkovec under center and Zay Flowers back at receiver so that they won’t be an easy out.

Week 12 – at Louisville Cardinals

Date: November 19

Time: TBD

The first of two straight road games to end the year. NC State has won three of the last four meetings but has dropped two of three away games in Louisville as ACC foes.

Week 13 – at North Carolina Tar Heels

Date: November 25

Time: TBD

An away game against the rival North Carolina Tar Heels concludes the regular season. The Wolfpack have won four of the last six meetings.