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September 26, 2013

Doeren: 'CMU looks like a Big Ten team on the LOS'

N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren spoke to the media during Wednesday's ACC teleconference about his team's upcoming matchup with the Chippewas. Doeren touched on his history with CMU head coach Dan Enos and the keys to beating the Chippewas.

Opening Statement:

"Looking forward to playing against Central Michigan this week. Obviously, we had a spirited game last week with Clemson. Really was impressed with our crowd and student section, and glad our players came to play. Very tight game against a very good football team, lot of big plays both ways in that game, and really just impressed with the way that our team competed against Clemson.

There are a lot of things we've got to do to improve and move forward. We're a young football team that made some mental mistakes that cost us in that game. So we put ourselves in position for four quarters to play against a very good team. Now get to gauge our progress after three performances and get ready for a Central Michigan team that last year upset Iowa at Iowa, won a bowl game, and had some young players and some injuries like we do. But I know they'll come in here poised and ready to try to play with us and do what they can to get a victory."

On having a good idea of Dan Enos' game-plan going into Saturday's game:

"Well, I mean, he's got to use the parts he has, and the parts are different than what he had a year ago. Obviously, the tailback, quarterback and receiver that they've lost through injury and graduation, but to answer your question, I know what Dan likes to do. I coached against him when I was at Wisconsin and he was at Michigan State. He's a good football coach and he understands what defenses do and how to try to attack defenses.

I know that he believes in running the football and play-action pass and screens and taking shots. He's a good football coach. Our guys will have to understand the strengths of our defenses and weaknesses of them and be ready to play."

On if the key to beating Enos is making CMU one-dimensional:

"I could say that for any coach you coach against. I think for us it's about not giving up big plays and stopping the run. Those are two things defensively we pride ourselves on is not giving up explosive plays and stopping the run game, and being opportunistic with takeaways. Whoever we play against, that's going to be our goal."

On scheduling games against non-BCS schools:

"I think you have to play some non-conference games against non-BCS schools. I think it's good for both the team you're playing against and for yourself. I'm going to tell you, some of the non-BCS games you're talking about are tougher opponents than the BCS teams. It just depends on who you end up with on your schedule and who they have at quarterback any given year. But I'm in favor of it."

On how games against BCS schools benefit non-BCS schools:

"At that school, they have a long-standing tradition of knocking off BCS teams. It's something that the university took pride in doing. There was a lot that went into it before I got there in Coach Novak and Coach Mallory when they started the Bone Yard and those were games we had a chip on our shoulder and were out to prove that we belonged. That is the mantra that most teams will take in that position."

On if upsetting a BCS school means more to a non-BCS school because of the national attention it brings:

"It makes you relevant. It makes you more relevant at the end of the year for conversations if you're undefeated and you knock off BCS teams. It does matter a lot when it comes down to the end of the season voting if you're a relevant team."

On the familiarity that the CMU staff has with the N.C. State staff

"I'm sure both sides feel the same way as far as knowing each other a little bit. But we're a different team than we were at Northern personnel-wise. We don't have a running quarterback like we did there. So we're different.

Coach Canada wasn't with me last year. He was the first year, And Dave Huxtable calls defenses a lot different than (indiscernible) did. So even though we're a 4-3 team, the tendencies are different, and some of the cover schemes that Dave likes are different.

So there is some game management familiarity, maybe. On our side we probably have a little bit better advantage than they do just because of the number of different coaches I have with me this year. But their staff has been together and caused the play. So I have a little more familiarity, maybe, with what he's doing."

On CMU playing him tough when he was at NIU:

"They did (beat me). It was the only conference loss I had at Northern. Central Michigan when Brian Kelly was there and Butch (Jones) was are there, they were the best team in that conference for a long time. There are still kids on that team that were championship players. It's a very proud program. They're big, strong, and they're going to look like a Big Ten team on the line of scrimmage. They're big. Their fullback will be really muscular. Their linebackers are tough. They're going to be a physical group."

On if that knowledge will help him convince his team not to take CMU lightly:

"Oh, yeah, absolutely. Our kids will not take them lightly, I guarantee you that, because of Richmond. We've had injuries just like everybody this time of year. The Clemson game was a physical game. So our biggest challenge was overcoming the injuries we sustained in that game more than overlooking them, because I think our guys learned a tough lesson and got away with it against Richmond."

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