NC State entered the Gator Bowl right on the edge of the AP Top-25 in the final regular season rankings, sitting at #28. Had the Wolfpack defeated Texas A&M, they would have almost definitely ended ranked in the Top-25 for the second consecutive season for the first time since 1991-92. As we all know, the Aggies crushed the Wolfpack 52-13, moving up 5 spots to #16 in the Final AP Poll, and bumping NC State back to #38.
The Wolfpack entered this season ranked 32nd in the Preseason Poll.
ACC Teams in the Final 2018 AP Top-25
ACC Teams Receiving Votes
38) NC State