RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – It’s game week in the Triangle, the college football season is here and nowhere is there more excitement than in West Raleigh.
N.C. State is coming off an 8-5 campaign, a seson that included a bowl win.
The momentum gained from last year’s success is easy to see. The Wolfpack sold out its season tickets and this year’s team promises to be even better.
“We just need to keep doing it,” head coach Dave Doeren said.
“It’s all about raising the bar and being better than we were and pushing to not underachieve as a player, as a coach and as a program and we’ll continue down that path.”
The Wolfpack returns a large number of returning starters and when you factor in the team’s favorable schedule, it could be a banner year for N.C. State.
The Pack opens Saturday night at home against Troy at 6 p.m. State then plays Eastern Kentucky in Raleigh 6 p.m. and goes on the road for games at Old Dominion and South Alabama.
State opens ACC play at home Oct. 3 against Louisville.
The Wolfpack returns starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who shined last year after transferring from Florida. Brissett passed for 2,606 yards and 23 touchdowns last year, with only five interceptions.
Running back Shadrach Thornton was a preseason All-ACC pick but will miss the first two games because of a suspension. Thornton gained 907 yards on the ground in 2014.
N.C. State was picked fourth in the Atlantic Division by the ACC media in the preseason poll, with Clemson first, Florida State second and Louisville third.