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NC State is No. 33 in preseason FPI rankings

NCAA Football: North Carolina State at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN has released its early FPI projections for the 2021 college football season, and there are some surprises near the top (Mississippi State and Oklahoma State in the top 10?!), the pecking order in the ACC looks pretty typical.

FPI is optimistic that NC State in particular will make substantial improvements this season: the Pack is No. 33 in the 2021 projection after finishing last season at 62nd. FPI sees State as the second-best team in the Atlantic Division, but gives it less than a three percent chance of winning said division.

Here’s the full conference breakdown:

Clemson (3)
UNC (13)
Miami (20)

Virginia Tech (28)
Virginia (32)
NC State (33)

Wake Forest (37)
Florida State (41)
Louisville (42)

Pittsburgh (51)
Boston College (54)
Georgia Tech (61)

Duke (74)
Syracuse (80)

FPI also gives NC State about an 82% chance of winning at least six games, so go ahead and reserve those bowl tickets now!