N.C. State Football: Can the 4-0 Wolfpack Make a Run at the ACC Title?

Allen LoppCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2010

RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 16:  Fan watch on during the Cincinnati Bearcats versus North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 16, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The NC State Wolfpack have played over expectations through the first third of the college football season, winning all their games to this point.

Tom O'Brien's Wolfpack weren't expect to be a major threat this season, with most so called college football experts putting them down for only a handful of wins.

Many people around the Wolfpack program were expecting much more, and the Wolfpack football team have responded.

They were expected to rely largely on their passing game, and they mostly have but the running game has been better then expected with them averaging 140 yards a game.

The defense has been very good also, largely improved over last year's team with Nate Irving healthy again their leader is back.

He is the leader of the defense, and with him coming back in automatically made them better, but now that the secondary has gained experience from last year their game has also improved.

The defensive line, which was almost non-existent at times last year, has shown new life with Jeff Rieskamp, Michael Lemon, Natanu Mageo, Markus Kuhn, J.R. Sweezy, Brian Slay, and David Akinniyi all seeing significant time.

On offense, once again, Russell Wilson is having another amazing season at quarterback for the Wolfpack. he has thrown for 1,112 yards and 11 touchdowns while only throwing one interception.

Wilson has played probably the best he has ever played at NC State, and he played baseball most of the offseason.

Wilson's play has really elevated the Wolfpack offense into levels unseen since the days of Phillip Rivers.

The receiving corps for Tom O'Brien is the deepest in the ACC in my opinion, and for the season, nine different guys have caught at least two passes this season, and five different guys have caught touchdown passes.

The Wolfpack have positioned themselves well in the ACC winning their first conference game, and they are also the only team in the ACC to be unbeaten in their overall record.

Unfortunately, the ACC is down this year with Boston College, UNC, and GT already losing conference games and Virginia Tech and Clemson both losing pivotal non-conference games.

That sets the Wolfpack up for a run at the ACC title if they can continue to play at this high level they are now.