How did NC State end up in the Independence Bowl?

The expectation going into last weekend was that NC State would be playing in the Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md., on Dec. 27 against Temple. That was until mid-afternoon on Sunday when it was announced that Wake Forest, not the Wolfpack, was playing the Owls.

What happened? Much of it will probably stay behind the doors where the backroom bowl politics takes place. But there was always a belief that NC State’s preference…

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