That’s an eight-spot jump from last week where the Pack was ranked No. 29 and only one notch behind where ESPN had State listed during preseason at No. 20.
A win over FSU might have propelled the Pack back into the Top 25 discussion, but a win over Syracuse is a necessity to stay there. The Orange have a versatile quarterback in Eric Dungeywho leads the program in passing yards (1,052), rushing yards (233) and total touchdowns (11) this season.
After having success against a true freshman quarterback, the Wolfpack defense — the secondary in particular — will be tested against Cuse. If the Pack can get Mike Stevens and/or Dexter Wright back in the defensive backfield against the Orange, ESPN might not be the only rankings that have it inside the Top 25.