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Tennessee Vs. NC. State: Wolfpack Looking For "Respect"

When N.C. State takes the field Friday against Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, an annual college football matchup that opens the season in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome, the Wolfpack will be playing for more than a season opening win. If you ask head coach Tom O'Brien, N.C. State will be playing for "respect."

"We know we’re going down there as underdogs, not getting a lot of respect out of the Tennessee people," O'Brien said on the ACC weekly teleconference Wednesday. "But I guess you can be that way when you win all the time."

The ACC has gone 0-3 against SEC teams in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game since it was created. Clemson lost to Alabama, 34-10, in 2008; Virginia Tech lost to Alabama, 34-24, in 2009; and North Carolina lost to LSU, 30-24, in 2010. The ACC did not participate in the event last year, when Boise State topped Georgia, 35-21.

"We haven’t had much success going in this Chick-fil-A game against the SEC," O'Brien said. "It’s incumbent upon us, the ACC, to start winning these football games."

For more on N.C. State football, head over to Backing the Pack. For more on Tennessee football, check out Rocky Top Talk.

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