Short version – NC State’s offense sucks, its defense sucks, its special teams suck, and its schedule is hard. The only positive mentioned is that Tom O’Brien is a really good coach, and should win COY if he gets this team to 6-6. Full writeup is here. I would like to disagree, but I really can’t.
One particularly notable observation:
But for now, in 2008, it’s about staying out of the league basement and finding the right players for 2009 and beyond.
This is a concept we’ve kicked around at SFN cyber-HQ, ever since the disappointing reports on offensive performance in the pre-season, and the recent rash of injuries. Of course, this is something that would never happen due to the public relations aspect, but it would be nice to redshirt a whole slew of willing and eligible players (even upperclassmen) and play for 2009 and 2010. You would only not do this for players that need reps to better prepare themselves for important roles in 2009 and 2010.