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NC State Ranked 13th in 2022 AP Preseason Poll

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The 2022 AP Preseason Poll is out, and NC State ranks 13th headed into a season where the expectations are extremely high for the Wolfpack. This marks the first time the Wolfpack have been ranked in the AP Preseason Poll since 2003, and ties the highest preseason ranking in school history (1975).

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Georgia
  4. Clemson
  5. Notes Dame
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Utah
  8. Michigan
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Baylor
  11. Oregon
  12. Oklahoma State
  13. NC State
  14. USC
  15. Michigan State
  16. Miami
  17. Pittsburgh
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Arkansas
  20. Kentucky
  21. Ole Miss
  22. Wake Forest
  23. Cincinnati
  24. Houston
  25. BYU

The AP voter and the Coaches were in one accord, with the Wolfpack ranked 13th in the 2022 Preseason Coaches Poll.

This marks only the 7th time NC State has started the season in the AP Preseason Poll. Sadly, the last 4 times the Wolfpack were ranked in the AP Preseason Poll, they finished the season unranked.

2022: (Final: ?)
2003: 16th (Final: NR)
1993: 25th (Final: NR)
1989: 24th (Final: NR)
1975: 13th (Final: NR)
1974: 18th (Final: 11th)
1973: 17th (Final: 16th)

The Wolfpack have finished the season ranked in the AP Poll 14 times:

2022: 13th
2017: 23rd
2010: 25th
2002: 12th
1994: 17th
1992: 17th
1991: 24th
1978: 18th
1974: 11th
1973: 16th
1972: 17th
1957: 15th
1947: 17th
1946: 18th

NC State spent 10 weeks in the AP Poll in 2021, which marks the most weeks the Wolfpack have been in the AP Poll in a single year since the 2002 season (16 weeks).

The Wolfpack finished the season ranked for the final 7 polls, now making it 8 straight with the Preseason Poll released, marking the longest streak since 2002, when NC State was ranked in 12 straight.

The highest the Wolfpack have ever been ranked in the AP Poll was 3rd in 1967, when NC State was 8-0 in Week 8.

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State will Host FSU at Either 7:30 or 8pm on 10/8

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The time for NC State’s matchup against Florida State on October 8th will officially be the Wolfpack’s 4th consecutive game under the lights. The game will either be at 7:30pm on ABC in the primetime slot, or at 8pm on ACC Network.

This game could be the Wolfpack’s 2nd Top-25 matchup in a row after facing #5 Clemson this weekend. The Seminoles enter Week 5 ranked 23rd, and will host #22 Wake Forest this Saturday.

NC State has won 2 straight against FSU, and 4 of the last 5.

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NC State Center Grant Gibson Named Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week After UCONN

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NC State Graduate Center Grant Gibson was named Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against UCONN this past Saturday.

CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Grant Gibson, NC State, C, Charlotte, N.C.
Graded out at an eye-opening 97 percent for his work in the 12th-ranked Wolfpack’s 41-10 win over UConn • Helped clear the way for 492 yards of total offense while playing 61 snaps • Tallied three pancake blocks. (TheACC)

Via GoPack:

Gibson, a graduate student from Charlotte, has started his past 40 games in an NC State uniform dating back to the 2019 season. He has played 50 or more snaps in all four of the Pack’s wins this season, recording 61 snaps and three pancake blocks in Saturday’s home triumph.
 
The Wolfpack churned out 169 rushing yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry against the Huskies. Gibson’s efforts on the offensive line also helped NC State log 29 first downs and 492 total yards of offense. (GoPack)

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It’s Official…NC State Will Host Marshall in 2023 After Cincinnati Cancelled

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It was reported back on September 11th that NC State would host Marshall next season, after a void was created when Cincinnati backed out of a contract for a home-and home with NC State on September 6th.

What was reported is now official.

The release by Marshall explains how the money is being settled with the Cincy exodus.

The Thundering Herd will receive $1 million to come play in Raleigh, but Cincinnati will fork out $850,000 of that due to cancelling their game with the Wolfpack. NC State will only have to pony up $150,000.

Next years matchup against Marshall will mark the 6th time the two teams have met, with NC State winning all 5 of the prior games.

The Wolfpack’s 4 non-conference opponent games in 2023 will be:
9/2 – Marshall
9/16 – VMI
9/23 – @ UCONN
TBA – Notre Dame

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NC State’s Depth Chart vs. Clemson with Notes

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NC State’s Football team has released their Depth Chart for this Saturday’s game vs. Clemson on the road at 7:30pm.

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Notes

There have been a few significant changes on this weeks Depth Chart:

  • Graduate Timothy McKay has moved into the starting spot at Right Tackle. Graduate Bryson Speas has been listed as the starter on the first 4 Depth Charts, but McKay actually ended up starting the game against UCONN.
    • This isn’t a shocking move. Even though Speas has started 3 games out of 4, McKay has played 72 more snaps on the year. Also, According to PFF grades, McKay’s grade on the season is 74.6 on the year, compared to Speas’ 73.2.
    • Interestingly, McKay is stronger in run block (82.2/69.1), and Speas is stronger in pass block (83.8/70.1). McKay is the Wolfpack’s highest graded run blocker.
    • Also, it’s worth noting, while McKay is listed as the starter, there is an “or” in between their names.
  • Things have been shaken up in regards to Senior Tyler Baker-Williams at Nickel.
    • Sophomore Joshua Pierre-Louis has been listed as the backup in the first 4 depth chart’s, but he isn’t anywhere to be found on this weeks depth chart.
    • Junior Jakeen Harris, who has been listed as Senior Tanner Ingle’s backup at Free Safety all year, is listed as Baker-Williams backup at Nickel now.
      • He is still also listed as the backup for Ingle at Free Safety.
    • Sophomore Devan Boykin is listed as the third Nickel, with an “or” in between his name and Harris.
      • Boykin is still listed as Graduate Cyrus Fagan’s backup at Strong Safety, which is where he’s been listed all year.

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