David Pollack wants Tyler Van Dyke to back up strong claim


Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke scoffed at No. 18 NC State's 11th-ranked defense in the country.

His comment irked Wolfpack players, but also ESPN College GameDay analyst David Pollack.

"All eyes on Tyler Van Dyke," Pollack said. "You know why? Here's his comment, 'It's the same guys we played last year and we put up 44.' You know who was the quarterback? D'Eriq King. Now you're the quarterback Tyler. I want to see you cash that check you just wrote because if I'm NC State, I want all that smoke."

Van Dyke will have to be much better than he has shown in his last two starts, both losses, as he has completed 35 of 74 passes (47.3 percent) for 467 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions.

Miami (2-4, 0-2 ACC) beat NC State (5-1, 2-0) 44-41 last year behind King's five-touchdown performance while throwing for over 400 yards and rushing for more than 100.

Fellow analysts do not think it will happen again for the Hurricanes, who are looking to avoid their first 2-5 start since 1975.

"I like NC State," Desmond Howard said. "I think Miami, yeah they compete and they really do play hard, but they don't have enough in the tank for NC State and the Wolfpack."

Like Howard, Kirk Herbstreit thought Miami would beat North Carolina last week. He too thinks Miami will lose this week.

"I like NC State," Herbstreit said. "Miami has shown some back bone, to their credit, but I think NC State is a good team and Dave Doeren is doing a hell of a job this year."

Manny Diaz is 16-14 in his third season as head coach and 0-6 against his last six power-five conference teams. He is 2-4 against AP Top 25 teams.

"Blake James, the AD, said, 'Well right now Manny Diaz is the coach getting ready for a game," host Rece Davis said. "Uh oh."

Christopher Stock has covered the Miami Hurricanes since 2003 and can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] and on Twitter @InsideTheU.