SI: Pack to go 1-7 in ACC

Link to SI’s ACC predictions. SI projects State to put together and abysmal 3-9 overall record and 1-7 in the ACC

Additionally, the publication ranks the entire country and provides a 5-minute preseason guide at this link. Of interest are the following:

(1) Ohio State
(2) Notre Dame
(3) Texas
(4) LSU
(5) USC
(12) Florida State
(15) Clemson
(17) Miami
(22) Virginia Tech
(29) Boston College
(32) Georgia Tech
(40) Maryland
(44) Virginia
(48) UNC-CH
(49) Southern Miss
(56) Akron
(63) Wake Fores
(67) NC State

(100) Duke
(106) East Carolina

* Initially, I feel as though NC State’s ranking is a little low.

* When I account for the variance between NC State’s ranking and the rankings for Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, and UNC-Chapel Hill then I think the rankings are totally absurd.

* The ACC’s Atlantic Division is home to four of SI’s top 40 teams in the country. The Coastal Division is home to only 3. Additionally, Duke obviously brings up the rear in the Coastal, leaving little doubt which division is tougher.

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30 Responses to SI: Pack to go 1-7 in ACC

  1. packbackr04 08/16/2006 at 4:47 PM #

    god, does the media have a hard on for the irish or what?

  2. HungryLikeTheWolf 08/16/2006 at 5:07 PM #

    This kind of material should be great fodder for Chuck to use to fire up the team this year.

  3. packpigskinfan23 08/16/2006 at 6:10 PM #


  4. BJD95 08/16/2006 at 6:23 PM #

    I will post TSN’s rankings (which I typically find much more accurate than SI’s) when my magazine arrives this week.

    3-9(1-7) = pink slip, in my book (SHOULD, not WILL). I expect reality will probably be 6-6(2-6 or 3-5).

  5. Cyrus Vescio 08/16/2006 at 6:31 PM #

    There is a lot of talent on this team. If we get average to above average play from Stone, stop the terrible penalties, and get some good coaching there is no reason this team can’t win 8 or 9 games. I don’t think I am being too delusional to expect a good season out of this team.

  6. B Hough 08/16/2006 at 8:02 PM #

    Cyrus, I think you’re being pretty delusional. In the past I’ve been a big over-optimistic type guy with regards to NC State football. So, while I’d love for you to be right I can’t think of any concrete reasons to support it. I’m all about wait and see for this team. Just trying to be realistic this year, maybe (hopefully) they surprise me.

  7. Delete-Me 08/16/2006 at 8:31 PM #

    I’m still intrigued by the 5-1 record from last season. I’d love to see that continue.

  8. Woof Wolf 08/16/2006 at 9:09 PM #

    If its that bad we’ve got a good shot at Cowher. But I think we will go 7-5 or 8-4. Looks like a win win to me.

  9. Wulfpack 08/16/2006 at 9:59 PM #

    An ACC team no higher than 12th? wow.

    If I had to take a stab at it for the Pack I’ll go 6-6, 3-5 in the league. We’ll just see how we stack up against #56 Akron on Sept. 9

  10. bTHEredterror 08/16/2006 at 10:07 PM #

    Understanding the fear that the Pack will underperform, I am optimistic. We have our o-line back virtually intact, a good young backfield, a good experienced secondary, and unknown talent at DE and WR. We need someone to step up at LB, and we COULD have a 8-9 win season. We get FSU, BC, and GT at home and have trips to Clemson and Virgina that stand out as our toughest games. If we can go 2-3 or 3-2 out of that lot, and not lay eggs agaimst our lesser opponents (a big if lately) we could be happy at bowl time. Recent history suggests we may be lucky to go 1-4 against that lot, and probably letdown once, making us……6-5 like normal.

    Woof, I share the delusion that Cowher will at some point be our coach.

  11. Wolfpack4ever 08/16/2006 at 11:17 PM #

    Is August ever the “funny” season. I am very encouraged that CNN-SI picked us 67th. Just don’t put us on the cover of SI.

    Mario, Manny and John McCargo didn’t do it by themselves. true that no replacements for the above will quite measure up but so what. Mario, Manny and John aren’t suiting up for any of our opponents either and most of them are rated higher than we are. So our chances that young talent will step up are just as good now as when those guys were freshmen.

    I’m new here and you may wonder what my credentials are. Well I’ve played in Riddick (Stadium?) … well, OK it was during half-time when two little league teams were playing as half-time “entertainment.” Our team wore red jerseys and the small crowd chanted “All the way Little Red, all the way.” I’ll never forget it and I’ll be a loyal Wolfpack fan forever.

  12. class of 74 08/17/2006 at 6:28 AM #

    Predictions are seldom correct, but if we have an SI season then we need to select a new coach. I think we will be around .500 for the season but who really knows? Too many questions that need answers before anyone can make any valid judgement. Let’s see a kickoff or two before we make any declarations on this years team.

  13. vtpackfan 08/17/2006 at 8:10 AM #

    one win in conference and three overall. Assuming that the road game in So. Miss. is one loss, who else do they have us falling to? (ECU, Akron, ASU, take your pick). Is this a staff prediction or from the new kid on the block who is wearing lip stick and eye shadow? It speaks loud and clear that in a year where there is a herd of ACC teams vying for second tier status SI picks our guys and coaches to lose every which way but left.

  14. RickJ 08/17/2006 at 8:24 AM #

    Of the 12 ACC teams, there seems to be a general optimism at every camp except for Duke and to a lesser extent, Virginia. While this is generally the case in most preseasons, it seems to me to be more so this year. I have no idea what is going to happen but I’m positive there will be less than 10 teams happy at the end of the season.

    I believe this year may turn out to be about Trestman. Last year, he openly talked about his adjustment to the college game (different hash marks & the limited time he had with the players). I believe we need to see a huge improvement in overall offensive execution to have a successful season.

    I really hope this happens because he seems to be one bright guy and I think he has a lot to do with Burke, Wilson & Beck coming to NC State. The Wolfpacker has a premium video interview with Burke that completely blew me away. It was nothing about the content of the interview – just his poise. I don’t know if he can play a lick but we would love to have this guy being the face of our program for 2 or 3 years.

  15. sautz 08/17/2006 at 8:59 AM #

    (#67) seems high to me for a team they are saying will go 1-7 in the ACC. They must think Duke (100) and ECU (106) will lose every game.

  16. vtpackfan 08/17/2006 at 9:01 AM #

    “It was nothing about the content of the interview – just his poise. I don’t know if he can play a lick but we would love to have this guy being the face of our program for 2 or 3 years.”
    I try to close my eyes and picture David Greene, 4 year stater with awesome record at UGa, when I think about Burke as the future of the program. He will need to be vey poised and sometime soon vey polished, to get anywhere near Greenes win tally with the inconsistent OL State has provided for their signal callers.

  17. cfpack03 08/17/2006 at 9:16 AM #

    god, does the media have a hard on for the irish or what?
    I’ve noticed this love of the irish too, especially this year for whatever reason. In SI’s photo gallery, they have galleries of the top 10 players for each conference, THEN they have the top 10 players just for Notre Dame. Its pretty ridiculous. There are other examples I can’t think of right now, but I’m glad to see someone else notices this bs too
    Does ND have a lot of alumni in the media too?

    SI photo gallery, check out top 10 ACC players

  18. choppack1 08/17/2006 at 9:35 AM #

    I can see why they picked us to do this. After all, we did lose to both Carolina and Wake last year (Wake returns a ton of starters). We play at UVa. We beat GaTech on what could be described as a fluke. (They were on the 2 yard line down by three, and on second down we got a deflected INT.)

    It’s easy to see why they would predict us to lose all of those games in addition to Clemson, FSU and BC. As a matter of fact, some might an outsider or on an objective party would predict us to do exactly that and go 1-7 in our conference games – especially when they see that we lost 6 defensive players to the pros. They way they see it, we lose a great D, and get back a lot of a mediocre offense from a 3-5 conference team last year. They don’t see us losing 2 more conference games than last year as a stretch.

  19. packbackr04 08/17/2006 at 9:51 AM #

    just another slight towards NCState this morning on Sportscenter, they were kind enough to bring up Krob’s drinking problem (which by the way is a serious disease) but i have yet to hear any mention of the recent trouble that current and former tarholes have been in in any form in the media, including that guy who beat up one of his players.

  20. packbackr04 08/17/2006 at 9:54 AM #

    o and cfpack, thx for the shout out. i do think notre dame will be a good team this year, but they have alot of questions on D. And if that lazy eyed stuart scott could get off his knees long enough he would know there are many better teams in the country this year.

  21. packpigskinfan23 08/17/2006 at 9:55 AM #

    I guess its better to not be appreciated and then prove people wrong, then to be over-appreciated and stumble…..

    I agree that this year has a lot to do with Trustman…. but for diffrent reasons. Sure we had OL troubles the past 2 years, but just throw the damn ball…. The most exciting plays where the passes straight to the sidelines that got us anywhere from -3 to 3 yards!!!! I’m sorry, but that is boring… regardless of what shape our OL and QB are in. I understand the need for a play like that at times… but when it takes up more than 50% of your passing plays, you’ve got a problem.

    but that being said, I am positive that Trestman has much diffrent plans for this season… the QB is more stable. the line seems to be. he has had more time to lead…. and like you guys said, he is a smart guy.

  22. cfpack03 08/17/2006 at 10:57 AM #

    I can also see why an outsider might think we’ll lose 7 games this year, they didn’t watch our games, just the final scores, and various other points made by choppack above. I understand that perspective from their shoes, but there is an incredible opportunity to overarchieve this year. The players on defense will be a lot different, but I’m always confident in our d’s performance and I still am this year. Our offense could only improve from last year. We finished by winning 5 of the last 6 games in ’05, and Stone has a hell of a lot more confidence under center. And of course, we have the same solid stable of RBs.
    The fulcrum of this season will be in the depth of our O-line. I feel our starters are solid, but historically there are always injuries to this position, so our 2nd and 3rd stringers will most likely get significant pt. Stone’s confidence and our rushing yards hinge on these guys, so their performance is crucial.

  23. choppack1 08/17/2006 at 11:10 AM #

    cfpack04 – I agree. I think we should be able to have a very good season. But I can see why an analyst would say otherwise.

  24. cfpack03 08/17/2006 at 11:41 AM #

    So I browsed on YouTube to see film of Darrell Blackmen from last year, and I found this unbelievable highlight reel of NC State from last year. Definitely am hyped up for the season now. #2, #22, and #24 are just amazing.


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