Aaron Torres Sports' solid breakdown of State and why he thinks State's the 23rd best team in the country.
... I hate preseason polls.
Just look at last year’s. It saw Auburn (5-7 final record) ranked No. 11 in the country, while their SEC West rival Ole Miss (9-4) didn’t receive a single vote from the coaches. Not one. I think even Boston University got a vote, and they cancelled their football program years ago.
Alabama wasn’t in the preseason top 25, and they were one game away from playing for a National Championship. The Tide’s Sugar Bowl opponent, Utah, wasn’t ranked, but ended 2008 as college football’s only undefeated team. Boise State went 12-1 but apparently wasn’t one of the best 25 teams in August. The same with Oregon State, a team that was this close to winning the Pac-10.
Yet somehow Tennessee (5-7), Arizona State (5-7) and Michigan (3-9) found themselves ranked before the season started.
So with those facts I present you NC State. Sure right now they’re getting about as much attention as the chubby kid with a lisp on prom night (ranked No. 38 in Rivals.com poll, got just seven votes in the Coaches Poll). But when the final polls are released in January, the Wolfpack will be the one’s getting the last laugh. To channel my inner George Foreman: “I guarenteeeeee it.”