|1971 NC State Wolfpack football|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|1971 record||3–8 (2–4 ACC)|
|Head coach||Al Michaels (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Carter Stadium|
|1971 ACC football standings|
|North Carolina †||6||–||0||8||–||4|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1971 NC State Wolfpack football team represented North Carolina State University during the 1971 NCAA University Division football season. The Wolfpack were led by first-year head coach Al Michaels and played their home games at Carter Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. The team competed as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing in sixth.
Michaels had been the defensive coordinator for the Wolfpack under Earle Edwards, and served as the interim coach after his retirement. Lou Holtz was hired as permanent coach shortly after the end of the season, and Michaels returned to the defensive coordinator position under Holtz.
|September 11||Kent State*||L 21–23|
|September 18||at Maryland||L 7–35|
|September 25||at South Carolina*||L 6–24|
|October 2||No. 20 North Carolina||L 7–27|
|October 9||Wake Forest||W 21–14|
|October 16||at Duke||L 13–41|
|October 23||East Carolina*||L 15–31|
|October 30||Virginia||L 10–14|
|November 5||at Miami (FL)*||W 13–7|
|November 13||at No. 5 Penn State*||L 3–35|
|November 20||at Clemson||W 31–23|
- "1971 Atlantic Coast Conference Year Summary". sports-reference.com. http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/acc/1971.html. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
- "Michaels to Be Aide to Holtz". The Washington Post: p. D4. December 8, 1971.
- "1971 North Carolina State Wolfpack Schedule and Results". Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/north-carolina-state/1971-schedule.html.