No. 22 NC State, Boston College face off rested after byes

No. 22 North Carolina State is entering a challenging stretch of the season after an open week on the schedule.That’s fine with the Wolfpack going into a meeting with Boston College on Saturday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass.NC State (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) has plenty left to prove, according to coach Dave Doeren.”That means we’re really focused on the present,” Doeren said. “It does matter that four of the next five are on the road, but what matters more is that we just take this week for what it is. Let’s be the best that we can be this week. We’ll worry about next week next week.”The Wolfpack already have knocked off ACC kingpin Clemson, yet a path toward a league championship is filled with potential pitfalls.That’s why the team spent time focused on improvement during its week off.”I think we’re a team that wants to get better. That’s the biggest thing,” Doeren said. “We’re a very close group of guys. They play hard for each other.”Boston College (4-1, 0-1) is also coming off an open date. It hasn’t played since falling 19-13 to then-No. 25 Clemson on Oct. 2.”We’ve got to finish,” Eagles coach Jeff Hafley said of what would make a difference in trying for a special season.Now Boston College has a homecoming game, going into a second game in a row against a nationally ranked opponent.”We’ll stick together and we’ll be better,” Hafley said. “We can play with anybody, anywhere in any venue, any time of the night.”Boston College running back Pat Garwo III is averaging 93.8 yards per game on the ground. That has helped as the Eagles have transitioned to Dennis Grosel (four touchdown passes, four interceptions) as the starting quarterback.

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