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NC State’s Statistical Team Rankings at the Halfway Mark

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NC State is 4-2, and the Wolfpack is halfway through the regular season football slate. Here’s a look at where they rank as a team statistically in comparison to the rest of the ACC at this point.

The Wolfpack ranks 9th in scoring offense and in scoring defense. There was no denying that NC State lost some key players from their outstanding 2022 defense, but expectations were still high for the Wolfpack defense in ’23. The cold hard truth…the defense has suffered a bigger set back than expected. Last year, NC State finished the 2022 season ranked 1st in scoring defense, giving up 19.2 points per game. Through 6 games, they rank 9th in scoring defense, giving up 23.5. For perspective, NC State isn’t far off from last years squad offensively. The Wolfpack finished the 2022 season ranked 9th in scoring offense.

Scoring Offense

Scoring Defense

Currently, NC State ranks 11th in Total Offense, and 7th in Total Defense. Again, in comparison to last year, the Offense finds itself in a nearly identical situation, finishing 2022 ranked 11th in Total Offense (339.8). On the other side of the coin, the falloff defensively is obvious again. In 2022 the Wolfpack defense ranked 2nd in Total Defense (326.9).

Total Offense

Total Defense

Offensively, NC State is rushing the ball better in 2023 in comparison to 2022, but that’s not saying a whole lot. The Wolfpack rank 11th in Rushing Offense, rushing for 148.5 yards per game. In 2022, they ranked 12th, rushing for 113.8 yards per game. Defensively, Tony Gibson has developed a reputation of stopping the run, and that hasn’t dropped off in 2023. NC State ranks 3rd in Rush Defense, and ranked 2nd in 2022. Obviously, there are 6 ACC games left on the schedule, but the Wolfpack are giving up less rushing yards per game thus far in 2023 (they gave up 100.7 yards rushing per game in 2022).

Rushing Offense

Rushing Defense

The pattern continues in the passing game. The Wolfpack ranks 10th in Passing Yards per Game in 2023, compared to 9th in 2022 (226.1). In contrast, NC State ranks LAST in Passing Defense, compared to 7th in 2022 (226.2).

Passing Offense

Passing Defense

NC State’s O-Line ranked the state 6th in Sacks Against in 2022, and ranks 5th in 2023 through 6 games. While the defense has given up more yards and more points, they still have been disruptive in 2023, ranking 1st in Sacks and 2nd in Interceptions. That’s par for the course with Interceptions (ranked 1st in 2022), but a big jump up in the pass rush, ranking 10th in Sacks in 2022.

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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Vegas is Higher on NC State Heading Into 2024 Than They Were Heading Into Last Year

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The bookmakers in Las Vegas have released their odds for total regular season wins for the 2024 College Football season, and NC State is sitting at 8.5. For perspective, entering the 2023 season, the number was 6.5, and the Wolfpack went on to win 9.

Here’s a look at Vegas’ opinion of the rest of the ACC heading into 2024:

FSU – 9.5
Clemson – 9.5
Miami – 9.5
NC State – 8.5
Louisville – 8.5
UNC – 8.5
SMU – 7.5
Virginia Tech – 7.5
Duke – 6.5
California – 6.5
Syracuse – 6.5
Pitt – 5.5
Georgia Tech – 5.5
Boston College – 4.5
Virginia – 4.5
Wake Forest – 4.5
Stanford – 3.5

(FanDuel)

What are your thoughts? Are you taking the Over or the Under on NC State? Or what are your thoughts on any of the other teams?

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ESPN Includes NC State in Their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25

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ESPN recently released their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Preseason Top-25, and they ranked NC State 18th.

1. Georgia
2. Ohio State
3. Oregon
4. Texas
5. Notre Dame
6. Ole Miss
7. Mizzou
8. Penn State
9. Alabama
10. Utah
11. Arizona
12. LSU
13. Michigan
14. Oklahoma
15. Florida State
16. Tennessee
17. Oklahoma State
18. NC State
19. Clemson
20. Kansas State
21. Louisville
22. Kansas
23. Kentucky
24. Miami
25. Texas A&M

ACC Teams in the Way-Too-Early Top-25

15. FSU
18. NC State
19. Clemson
21. Louisville
24. Miami

Here’s what they had to say about the Wolfpack:

18. NC State Wolfpack

Previous ranking: 20

2023 record: 9-4, 6-2 ACC

Winter update: The Wolfpack should be much more explosive on offense after adding former Coastal Carolina quarterback Grayson McCall and some nice playmakers around him. McCall passed for more than 10,000 yards with 106 total touchdowns with the Chanticleers. The Wolfpack also added Jordan Waters, who was Duke’s leading rusher with 819 yards and 12 scores in 2023. Eight new receivers are coming in, including Noah Rogers (Ohio State) and Wesley Grimes (Wake Forest). Tight end Justin Joly was very productive at UConn. Safety Donovan Kaufman (Auburn) and cornerbacks Tamarcus Cooley (Maryland) and Devon Marshall (Villanova) might help fill some holes in the secondary. (ESPN)

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247Sports Includes NC State in Their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Top-25

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247Sports has released their updated 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Top-25, after signing day and coaching changes, and they included NC State at #21.

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ACC Teams in the Way-Too-Early Top-25

12. Miami

15. Clemson

18. FSU

20. Louisville

21. NC State

23. Virginia Tech

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ON3 Includes NC State in Their 2024 College Football Way-Too-Early Pre-Spring Top-25

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Jesse Simonton of ON3 released his College Football 2024 Way-Too-Early Pre-Spring Top-25, and NC State sits at #22.

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ACC Teams in the Top-25

16. FSU
17. Clemson
18. Miami
21. Louisville
22. NC State
25. SMU

 

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