Davis' inexperience could hurt 'Pack

Scouts, Inc., examines the N.C. State-Virginia Tech matchup and sees the Hokies edging the Wolfpack.

Updated: September 23, 2004, 4:48 PM ET
By Tony Granieri | Scouts, Inc.
North Carolina State and Virginia Tech meet for the 45th time when the two teams collide on Saturday at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg. However, it will be the first time in the 104-year old series that this game has conference implications. Virginia Tech is one of two new Atlantic Coast Conference members this year. It will look to keep the ball rolling after opening league play with a 41-17 win over Duke last week.

Who: N.C. State at Virginia Tech
When: Sat., noon ET (ESPN)
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Tech has won four of the last six meetings between these two schools and holds a 23-17-4 overall advantage in the series. In their last meeting, the Hokies and Wolfpack played to a 13-13 tie at Lane Stadium in 1992. The close score was nothing new to the series, as 27 games have been decided by seven points or less. Four of the last five contests have been decided by four points or less.

This game also features two of the best coaches in the country, as North Carolina State's Chuck Amato and Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer square off against each other for the first time. Amato has tallied a 35-18 record with the Wolfpack while Beamer is clearly the more tenured of the two with 18 seasons as the head coach of the Hokies under his belt.