NC State jumps two more spots in top 25

Pack moves to No. 14 after bye week

NC State defensive tackle Justin Jones celebrates with Wolfpack fans in Tallahassee after Saturday's win against Florida State (Melina Vastola/USA TODAY Sports)

NC State continued its climb in the college football top 25. The Pack moved up two spots in this week’s AP poll, to No. 14.

State had a bye week but was still able to break a tie at 16 with South Florida (now 17) and pass Washington State (remains at 15) and USC (fell from 11 to 21).

It’s the first time the Wolfpack have been in four straight AP polls since being ranked for 12 straight weeks in 2002. NC State has moved up a total of 10 spots since entering three weeks ago. It’s the first time State has moved up in three straight polls since October 2002 and the biggest jump in four polls since the start of the 1989 season, when State went from 25 to 15 in September.

This is State’s highest poll ranking since the end of the 2002 season, when the Pack finished No. 12. It’s the first time they’ve been at No. 14 since Oct. 7 of that season.

State had the biggest jump of the four ACC teams in the poll. Clemson and Miami remained at No. 7 and 8, respectively. Virginia Tech moved up one spot to No. 13.

NC State also moved up two spots in the coaches poll, to No. 15.