Forget the Noles are an 11-point favorite to win tonight. This won't be a Tobacco Road slam dunk.
For starters, here are two good reasons not to get too overconfident: Carter-Finley Stadium on a Thursday night. Want more? DT Alan-Michael Cash is back from injury and reported to be 100%. LB Nate Irving, sometimes mistaken for a Sidewinder missile, is listed as probable.
And then there's fast-improving redshirt freshmen QB Russell Wilson, the kind of versatile run-pass guy that's usually a thorn in the Noles side.
For a preview of what could be a long night if the Pack brings its A game, check out the video of Wilson and Co. at their best. East Carolina came into Raleigh undefeated and mocking Pack fans. They limped away with big canine scratches and an "L" on their record.
Bottom line: Every game left on the schedule is a knockdown drag out. And, for all of the aforementioned reasons, tonight is no different.