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Doeren: 'The race begins now'

NC State football coach Dave Doeren talks about the Wolfpack's the Wolfpack's upcoming conference game against Louisville.
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NC State football coach Dave Doeren talks about the Wolfpack's the Wolfpack's upcoming conference game against Louisville.

1. Clemson (3-0): How much better did the Tigers’ offense get during the bye week?

2. Florida State (3-0): The Noles have outscored Wake 154-6 the past three years.

3. N.C. State (4-0): Now the real work begins.

4. Miami (3-0): Cincinnati, on the road, will be a tougher out than last year’s rout in Miami.

5. Duke (3-1): Admirable resolve by the Blue Devils in a 34-20 win over Georgia Tech.

6. Louisville (1-3): No pressure on the Cards, who have the talent to derail N.C. State’s season.

7. UNC (3-1): “Marquise Trubisky” would be Larry Fedora’s ideal quarterback.

8. Virginia Tech (2-2): Early losses outside the ACC usually equal a division title for Hokies.

9. Georgia Tech (2-2): Jackets are really missing their running back talent, depth from last year.

10. Boston College (3-1): The defense stoned Northern Illinois, the offense needs help.

11. Pitt (2-1): The early open date should have helped their retooled offense.

12. Syracuse (3-1): Hat tip to the Orange, who gave LSU everything it wanted.

13. Wake Forest (2-2): Durham’s Kendall Hinton making it hard for Dave Clawson to put him back on the bench.

14. Virginia (1-3): Complete and total embarrassment in Friday’s 42-point home loss to Boise State.

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