N.C. State has been out-scored 38-0 by FBS opponents in three games this season in the first quarter.
Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien said starting better has been a point of emphasis in practice this week as the team prepares for Central Michigan.
"We're working really hard mentally with this football team," O'Brien said Wednesday on the weekly conference teleconference.
O'Brien attributed the slow starts to State's injuries and the strength of the other teams. Georgia Tech ranks second nationally in scoring offense (51.6 points per game) and Cincinnati ranks ninth (45). Wake Forest is further down the national leaders at 34.5 points per game but ranks fourth in the ACC.
"Part of it had to do with the opponent, part of it had to do with our physical condition," O'Brien said. "The last two weeks, we were so beat up and we ran into two football teams that average 50 points a game."
State has four defensive linemen and a starting linebacker out with injuries.