With the rich and deep tradition of college sports in North Carolina, the NC State Wolfpack football team has a strong following across the state. Through in-state retail sportsbooks at tribal casinos, fans of the Wolfpack can legally bet on their favorite team’s football games.
North Carolina State Wolfpack Team Overview
The football program at North Carolina State University originated in 1902. For the next two decades through the 1920 season, the Wolfpack played as Independents before the formation of individual conferences.
Along with many of the other notable college football teams in the South, NC State became a member of the Southern Conference in 1922. One of the team’s best seasons was in 1946 with an 8-3 record and a No. 18 ranking in the nation.
As one of the charter members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the Wolfpack joined other in-state schools such as North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest in this brand new college football conference.
In 1957, NC State was ranked No. 15 in the final Associated Press Top 25 that season. Earle Edwards had taken over as head coach three years earlier and his tenure with the team lasted through the 1970 season. At one point during the 1967 season, the Wolfpack were the No. 3 team in the country.
Lou Holtz made a name for himself as a young and upcoming head coach in his four seasons at NC State from 1972 to 1975. Each year, his team was ranked in the Top 25 and appeared in a postseason bowl.
Starting in the mid-1980’s, NC State was a perennial contender in the ACC and a regular participant in postseason play. The team’s highest season-ending ranking during this extended run was No. 12 in 2002. With Dave Doeren in place as head coach, NC State was ranked No. 20 in 2021 after going 9-3.
Heated rivalries exist against the other three in-state ACC teams. This is why betting on the Wolfpack as home favorites against any of those teams has become a popular option at legal sportsbooks
If NC State happened to be favored by three points at home against North Carolina, the Wolfpack would have to beat the Tar Heels by four or more points to cover the point spread and win that wager.
Betting on the North Carolina State Wolfpack in North Carolina
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino are the only tribal casinos in North Carolina with legal retail sportsbooks. A third tribal casino in Kings Mountain should eventually join this limited list. If you do happen to be in a state with legal online betting, try SI Sportsbook:
A strong base of North Carolina lawmakers are trying to bring legal online sports betting to the state via the legislative process. In the meantime, NC State football fans can bet on their favorite team’s games in states offering legal mobile sportsbook apps. Betting on sports online in NC remains illegal at this time.