NC State Wolfpack (5-0)
Remaining Schedule: at Clemson | at Syracuse | vs. Florida State | vs. Wake Forest | at Louisville | at North Carolina | vs. East Carolina
Much has been said after seven weeks of the 2018 college football season regarding the lack of quality in the ACC this season. For the most part, anything said in that regard is quite valid. With teams like the Miami Hurricanes, Virginia Tech Hokies and the Florida State Seminoles falling far below expectations this season, it’s been a tough year for the conference as a whole. Aside from Clemson though, the NC State Wolfpack have been the ACC’s most redeeming quality.
Many thought that this Wolfpack team would be pretty good in the 2018 season, but there weren’t many that were predicting an unbeaten start to the season for Ryan Finely and Co. Despite a close call in their opener against James Madison and even last week at home against Boston College, though, that’s what NC State has managed to do to this point.
It’s worth noting, however, that the Wolfpack really haven’t played anyone that formidable to this point. Their win over Boston College last week featured them playing their toughest game of the season to date after their Week 3 matchup against West Virginia was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. Thus, it feels appropriate to say we don’t truly know what this Wolfpack team is.
We’re going to find out, however. On Saturday in Week 8, NC State is going on the road to face the also unbeaten Clemson Tigers. With the defensive prowess now matched by the offensive force that Travis Etienne and Trevor Lawrence provide, the Wolfpack don’t stand a chance in this one and will be the first of these remaining unbeaten teams to lose.
First Loss: Oct. 20 at Clemson