RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- There might be a surprise contender in the Atlantic Coast Conference: North Carolina State.
After breezing through three nonconference games, the Wolfpack (3-0) join Boston College as the only unbeaten teams in the wide-open league.
But now, they'll find out just how serious their candidacy is. They open ACC play this week at defending league champion Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-0).
N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien said Monday that the Wolfpack's best start since 2002 has given the team plenty of confidence. The current run was capped by last week's dominating win over Cincinnati.
But O'Brien says "we're not going to wear our arms out patting ourselves on the back."