NC State returns to AP Top 25

Win over BC puts State back in poll at No. 25

NC State Wolfpack running back Nyheim Hines carries the ball during the first half against Boston College at Alumni Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper / USA TODAY Sports)

NC State re-entered the Associated Press Top 25 rankings, after a one-week absence.

The Wolfpack, who reached as high as No. 14 three weeks ago, dropped out after back-to-back losses to Notre Dame and Clemson.

A road win at Boston College helped return the Wolfpack to the ratings at No. 25. NC State was just outside the Top 25 last week with the highest poll point total without making the cut.

NC State never left the coaches poll, and the win boosted the Wolfpack two spots, to No. 22.

Miami’s impressive 41-8 win over Notre Dame vaulted the Hurricanes into the No. 2 spot in the AP, up five from last week.

Clemson, who beat Florida State to clinch the ACC Atlantic Division, remained at No. 4.

Virginia Tech, ranked most of the season, fell out of the Top 25 after back-to-back losses to Miami and Georgia Tech. No. 17 last week, the Hokies fell to the No. 26 spot NC State just vacated.

The only other ACC team receiving votes was Georgia Tech, who had six poll points, tying the Yellow Jackets for No. 30.