NC State narrowly avoided disaster in Week 1 at ECU. AP voters took note and punished him by dropping from #13 to #18. 2nd week selection.
The ranking took care of itself until the Wolfpack restarted for the Charleston South and Texas Tech games. The rating means the rating for the program and the ability to assign a rating from the pre-race to the final poll. This would be a huge success, the first under Doren.
In the coaches’ poll, however, NC State was one of three schools (along with Clemson and Alabama) not to change their position. Presumably, the voters will just have to wait and see with the Wolfpack. The Pack was helped by losses to other teams: Oregon and Utah, both of which entered hostile road areas. The Utes entered the Swamp to play in front of a record 90,799 fans (the stadium’s capacity was listed at 88,548), while Oregon played UGA in a glorious home game at Mercedes Stadium in Atlanta. Similarly, but just like undergrad, unc went to upstate and played a basketball game on grass. The Heels nailed NC State’s victory on the road against an in-state rival and meeting a strong crowd may have helped his opinion. Or nobody cares about the choice of coaches, including the coaches.