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Coming off a huge turnaround in 2020, NC State football has high expectations heading into the 2021 campaign. Following the ACC's schedule release on Thursday, Michael and Cory take a look at the complete 2021 slate and how the Pack can navigate the schedule to still meet its goals.

How important is the non-conference slate to set the tone for the season? Is opening the ACC schedule with Clemson a good thing? What are Michael and Cory's early predictions for the 2021 football season?