NC State set to break the “Ranked” curse

This is my Dear Coach O’Brien letter for the NC State game against Maryland. Can the Wolfpack finally break the “ranked” curse?

When the season started out at 4-0, the Wolfpack nation was reminicsing about the years when Philip Rivers was at the helm. Then, Virginia Tech came to town. The football team was nationally ranked at No. 23 and an 11 point loss later, NC State was faced with a home game against Boston College and fell from the rankings.

I was weary about the team being ranked before the Virgina Tech game. It seems that in years past, the same thing would happen. The Wolfpack would crack the top 25, then lose the next game. In fact, if I had time, I would research the topic a bit more. For this post, I’m focused on the 2010 season.

Make Noise

Make Noise

Let’s advance to the Florida State game. Our second Thursday night showdown of the year (then, 5-2). One of the most electrictrfying and intense games I’ve been to at Carter-Finley stadium. After NC State beat then ranked No. 16 FSU (28-24), they found themselves in the top 25 again, getting ranked at No. 23.

A visit to Clemson, SC brought the same fate to a ranked NC State team–a loss. Tim Peeler described it as:

Missed opportunities in both halves cost NC State a chance to control its own fate in the ACC’s Atlantic Division race, as Clemson surged back with two second-half touchdowns to beat the No. 23 Wolfpack 14-13 at Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Here we are. Wolfpack fans, coaches, and the football team are staring the final game of the 2010 season in the face. Again, NC State is ranked inside the top 25. This time, the Wolfpack are the highest they’ve been ranked this season. The Pack is perched at No. 21, just in front of Florida State.

A win over Maryland on November 27th will put NC State in Charlotte with a rematch against Virginia Tech. A loss, gives Florida State the go ahead. But that won’t happen. My prediction is that the Wolfpack will prevail and put up a good defensive effort with an explosive offense.

On Saturday afernoon, Coach O’Brien finally figures out the formula to stay ranked and make it to the ACC Championship game. NC State beats Maryland 42-17. Let’s watch the game and cheer on the Pack.

The Wolpack will be getting lots of first downs and keep moving the chains.

About Shibby

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager for Opensource.com--a publication and story-telling platform for open source communities. At night, he wears a cape, and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book called The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown super power of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets
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