Can North Carolina State Wolfpack Avoid a Letdown Against Clemson Tigers?

Allen LoppCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2010

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 28:  Darrell Davis #15 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates with fans after deafeating the Florida State Seminoles 28-24 at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 28, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The North Carolina State Wolfpack are 6-2 overall with a conference record of 3-1, and for the first time since the era of Philip Rivers, the Wolfpack have a realistic chance of winning the Atlantic division of the ACC.

The Wolfpack looked good early against Florida State, but then it was like they put on the brakes and didn't kick it back in to gear until the second half.

Russell Wilson had a subpar game as a passer completing 18 of 28 passes for 178 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Wilson really made a difference in this game with his feet; he had 69 yards and three rushing touchdowns. This was really the first game in a while Wilson made a big impact with his rushing ability.

Mustafa Greene really stepped his game up, rushing for 76 yards and averaging 4.6 yards a carry; he fought had for every yard he gained. Greene, just being a true freshman, is playing fantastically, and if he continues to play this well, he will eventually get the recognition he deserves.

N.C. State really can't afford to lose this upcoming game against the Clemson Tigers; there is a lot on the line for the Wolfpack.

Florida State, Maryland and N.C. State all have one loss in conference play, and they all still have a chance to play for the ACC title in Charlotte, N.C.

They all have tough games ahead of them, each one of them can't afford to lose any more games or it'll be an uphill battle to make it to Charlotte.

Clemson has had an up and down season this year, they have a .500 record, but they are 2-3 in conference play.

Clemson has not been eliminated from contention just yet but are close to it, and they will look to climb back into it with a win over the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack have won big games this season against tough foes, and then have had let down games to opponents they should have beat handy.

The Wolfpack will have to avoid another one of those games against the Tigers on Saturday.

Mustafa Greene will be a key to the success of the Wolfpack against Clemson, he was big against FSU and will be pivotal in the Wolfpack offense not becoming one-dimensional.

Turnovers will be key for both teams, especially the Wolfpack, as the Wolfpack have not won a game this season when Wilson has thrown three interceptions in a game.

Clemson will be without the most underrated player in the ACC (in my opinion) in Andre Ellington who will miss their next two games.

On the defensive side of the ball for N.C. State, C.J. Wilson will be important for the Wolfpack in the backfield; Christan Ponder picked on C.J. last game.

Da' Bower has been a sack master for the Tigers this season, collecting 10 sacks, and he could potentially cause huge problems for the young Wolfpack offensive line.

In order for the Wolfpack to make it to Charlotte to play for the ACC title, they will have to avoid any and all let downs against those tough teams.