Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the NC State season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: NC State Wolfpack
The Wolfpack could’ve and should’ve been better than 9-4.
Three of the four losses were by a touchdown or less, there weren’t any big wins over great teams, and while it was a good season, it wasn’t the breakthrough ACC campaign it should’ve been.
But it was good enough.
Considering the team was 4-5 midway through November in 2016 and appeared to be on the way to a potential regime-changing finish, going 13-5 over the last 18 games isn’t bad. In a division with Clemson, Florida State and Louisville.
Keeping Dave Doeren around – his name was thrown around for a few of the job openings, including Tennessee’s – should help keep the continuity going.
And now it’s up to Doeren to prove the program really is on the right track overall by coming up with another strong season. The team isn’t going to be good enough to win the ACC title, but it can certainly be in the mix with a big break or three.
If 2016 was mediocre with seven wins, and 2017 was two wins better with a far stronger team, then what will this year be with a team that should be somewhere in between.
It can’t be as easy as it being right in the middle with an eight-win campaign, can it?
The return of QB Ryan Finley was a big deal, giving the Wolfpack one of the ACC’s most efficient passers and veteran leaders. The offensive front is solid, and the receiving corps should be terrific.
Losing Bradley Chubb and eight defensive starters is a concern, but there was enough depth last year and a good enough rotation to expect the Next Man Up to be good enough to take over without much of a drop.
This is the staying power season. This is the year the program shows it can rebuild and be fine, but someday soon, it’ll be due to be more. For this year, good enough would be good enough.