CFB Preseason Top 25: #23 NC State

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A whole lot like our #24 team Utah, NC State has a really good team returning with and elite defensive line. I expect this team to also have good QB play from Ryan Finley as he heads into his second year as the starter. He has a chance to follow in the footsteps of guys like Phillip Rivers, Russell Wilson, Mike Glennon, and Jacoby Brissett by making a push for the NFL after starting for the Wolfpack.

As was the case with Utah, The Wolfpack will be up against a very difficult schedule. Not helping them is the division they are in with Clemson, Florida State and Louisville to get by. I would expect they can pull off the upset in one of those games as they catch Clemson and Louisville at home this season. A season opener against South Carolina will be a good test to see where this team is before they head to Tallahassee on Sept 23rd. Games @ Notre Dame in late October and the rivalry game vs North Carolina the last week of the season will be big in defining this teams season. Don’t be shocked to see this team climb the rankings early in the year.

 

Key Players

QB, Ryan Finley

DT,  Justin Jones

DE, Bradley Chubb

 

Big Games

Sept. 23rd @ FSU

Oct. 5th vs Louisville

Oct. 28th @ Notre Dame

Nov. 4th vs Clemson

 

Prediction

9-3

3rd in the ACC Atlantic

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