From the National Football Post linked here.
5. N.C. State: Head coach Tom O’Brien navigated his team through an up-and-down season in 2011 but finished strong, ending the year on a three-game roll including wins over Clemson and a bowl victory over Louisville. Quarterback Mike Glennon cut down on his interceptions late in the year, but the Wolfpack need James Washington, Tony Creecy or the troubled Mustafa Greene to emerge to improve on a rushing attack that ranked No. 109 in the country last fall. An experienced offensive line will help.
A few observations:
- I would say NC State is about exactly where we would all expect the Wolfpack to be ranked heading into this season — in at #5 is better than most of the teams in the league but not ‘elite’ while still sitting in striking distance in the event a few things could break our way.
- Wake Forest is a little higher than I had expected; but, I haven’t done much research and reading about the upcoming season as of yet.
- It is interesting to see a media outlet not fawn over UNC-CH simply because they are UNC. There is a still a lot of talent in that program, but motivation and adjusting to a new style are real challenges to overcome.
- The Atlantic Division and the Coastal Division seem to be pretty evenly balanced with a slight edge going to the Atlantic.