The result of N.C. State's laugher against Murray State wasn't the most important outcome for the Wolfpack on Saturday.
When a 5-year-old plays in the sandbox with a 2-year-old, he ought to be able to bully his way into playing with any toy he wants, and that's what N.C. State did in a 65-7 rout of the Racers. The real issue for the Wolfpack was whether the South Carolina defense that bullied N.C. State in a 7-3, season-opening win was for real.
That same South Carolina team lost 41-37 to Georgia on Saturday evening. So forget the company line that the Gamecocks have one of the SEC's best defenses.
Until N.C. State proves otherwise against a capable opponent, its problems on offense in the opener can't be dismissed. The Gamecocks sacked N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson six times.
They sacked Georgia quarterback Joe Cox twice, and Cox isn't nearly as mobile as Wilson. Keep in mind, South Caraolina was playing against the same Georgia offense that generated just 10 points against Oklahoma State - which then gave up 45 points in a loss to Houston.
Georgia did score once on a kickoff return against South Carolina, and its total offense of 308 yards was a modest amount considering the amount of points it scored against the Gamecocks.
And South Carolina's ability to score against the Bulldogs makes it appear that N.C. State's defense - which allowed only a 14-yard scoring drive by the Gamecocks - is stouter than expected.
But N.C. State, which plays another overmatched opponent this week in Gardner-Webb, still has real questions on offense that can't be answered until the Sept. 26 game against Pittsburgh.