Our good buddy Heather Dinich ranks the ACC’s “fuhcilitus” (as all you folks Down East call them). She doesn’t waste any time on analysis, but she ranks State’s atop the ACC.
Image is everything — especially to a 17-year-old recruit who is easily swayed by the glitz and glam of trophy cases, sprawling coachesâ€™ offices, first-class weight rooms and modern locker rooms. Today ESPN.com is ranking the best facilities in each conference, including stadiums, locker rooms, practice facilities, etc. Weâ€™re talking total package here, guys, not just a ranking of the stadiums. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but some schools have clearly poured more money into their programs than others:
1. NC State: The four-floor, 103,254-square foot Murphy Center is the largest operations facility in the country dedicated to football, according to the university. Itâ€™s home to the Packâ€™s sports medicine, equipment, academics, and strength and conditioning.
You can read more about the Murphy Center and State’s other first-rate facilities here (GoPack.com).
Also from Heather (ESPN):
2. Florida State at NC State (Oct. 6): I know, I know. The Noles blanked NC State 34-0 last year, and Florida Stateâ€™s defense should somehow be even better this year. Give quarterback Mike Glennon some credit, though. Heâ€™ll have four starters back on the offensive line, along with the help of running back Mustafa Greene. NC Stateâ€™s secondary is also one of the best in the country. The question is whether the Pack can handle the Noles up front on both sides. Despite much uncertainty about Florida Stateâ€™s offensive line this offseason, word has it those guys are going to be good — really good. This is going to be a tall task for Tom Oâ€™Brien. Florida State is the better team. But the Noles have been known to make a penalty or two, a turnover here and there. NC State can beat a top-10 team — just ask Clemson.
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