Wolfpack Ready To Kickoff Another Football Season

Nicholas McCutcheonContributor IAugust 19, 2009

RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 27:  Tailback Josh Brown #26 of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack carries the ball against the University of North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Carter Finley Stadium on September 27, 2003 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  N.C. State defeated UNC 47-34.  (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)

The Wolfpack are set to start the college football season on Sept. 3 at home against Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks.  Quarterback Russell Wilson will drop back behind an experienced offensive line with a solid ground game to help NC State to improve on what was a tale of two seasons in 2008.

After dropping to 2-4 the boys in Raleigh rallied to win four straight to earn a postseason berth where they fell to Rutgers in the Papajohns.com Bowl.

Wilson’s progression showed as the season progressed, making few mistakes and taking games over with his mobility.  He will need to be efficient this year if the Wolfpack expect to be back in the bowl picture in a conference that is certain to be filled with parity.

With two FBS schools on the schedule after the opener with the Gamecocks, another 2-4 start is not likely.  Look for the Wolfpack to improve by one game this season and finish at 7-5.  They will lose a tough one at some point but will look to steal one of their late season matchups as the schedule gets tougher further down the road.

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