That incessant buzzing noise every August in the Atlantic Coast Conference? It's the hype that NC State might stop soiling itself long enough to patch together an eight-plus win season and justify Tom O'Brien's existence. Buzz around NC State having a "breakout" season is routine, unfounded and always wonderful fodder for ridicule right around ... this time each year, via gif.mocksession.com:
Sure, we're all used to pointing and laughing at the post-1990s disappointment annually teed-up by Florida State, but if you're looking for a less exciting, cheaper, off-brand version of that narrative, that's the Wolfpack.
UPDATE: NC State has pulled within three. Place this commentary into your freezer until next week, thaw and serve.