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Giglio Picks State As Preseason Favorite For Atlantic Division Winner

May 7, 2009
ACC Now

It’s official. State will be the trendy pick for the Atlantic representative in the ACC title game this year.

(As such, that means the Pack is also your preseason pick to be the disappointment of the year, a la the 2007 Wolfpack basketball squad. But hey, I guess it’s better to be highly thought of than forgotten.)

Here’s what Joe Giglio had to say regarding the Pack heading into the 2009 season:

The Wolfpack has the best quarterback in the conference, two NFL-level game-changers on defense and a smart coach.

Technically, State finished last in the division in ’08 but it was only one game behind the winner (Boston College). All six teams finished either 5-3 or 4-4.

Expect the same competitiveness this season. Which means you pick the team with the best QB (his right knee willing)? And eight home games.

Giglio goes on to provide a breakdown of the remaining Atlantic Division teams and why they’ll fall short of besting the Pack.

Expect the rest of the conference media members to fall in line with Giglio’s prediction, which should make for some positive press in late summer. The question will be however, can State perform under the weight of expectations. After all, Carolina was the trendy pick last season and, though they finished 8-4, the Heels fell short of where a lot of pundits pegged them finishing.

We shall see…

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