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North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Central Michigan Chippewas Free Pick 9/28/13

Central Michigan Chippewas (1-3) at North Carolina State Wolfpack (2-1)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Carter-Finley Stadium)

The Line: North Carolina State Wolfpack -24 -- Over/Under: 52 See the Latest Odds


The Central Michigan Chippewas travel to North Carolina State to play the Wolfpack on Saturday.

The Central Michigan Chippewas fell to 1-3 on the season after losing to Toledo at home 38-17 on Saturday. The Chippewas played well on offense despite turning the ball over four times. Central Michigan produced 370 total yards of offense, with 214 thru the air and 156 on the ground. QB Rush passed for 214 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. WR Davis and WR Williams combined for 125 yards on 8 catches for the Chippewas. RB Lavallii was the lone bright spot offensively, finishing with 24 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown. The Central Michigan defense allowed 418 total yards, with 252 coming on the ground. The Chippewas were unable to get off the field on 3rd down and only forced one turnover in the loss. Central Michigan will have their hands full again this weekend when they face a NC State offense that has speed and talent across the board. Central Michigan will have to block well up front on offense against a strong and aggressive front seven for the Wolfpack.

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North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Central Michigan Chippewas Free Pick 9/28/13

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North Carolina State dropped their first game of the season last week to Clemson, 26-14, at home. The Wolfpack defeated Louisiana Tech and Richmond at home to begin the season before falling to the Tigers under the lights last Thursday. Against Clemson, NC State played well offensively but it didn’t show on the scoreboard due to two turnovers. The Wolfpack produced 378 total yards of offense and controlled the clock, keeping Clemson’s high-powered offense off the field. QB Thomas completed 20 of 26 passes for 213 with an interception. WR Smith and RB Underwood combined for 86 yards receiving on 9 catches. Underwood also led the team in rushing with 54 yards on 2 carries, while Thomas carried the ball 14 times for 30 yards and a touchdown. The NC State defense struggled against the Tigers offense at times, giving up 415 total yards. The Wolfpack had trouble getting off the field on third down and were unable to force any turnovers. The defensive line did a great job of creating pressure up front for Clemson, making things a bit uncomfortable for Clemson’s star QB Boyd. The Wolfpack will have a few extra days to prepare for the visiting Chippewas this weekend.

Central Michigan is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against the ACC. The under is 8-0 in NC State’s last 8 home games. The Wolfpack are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games against a team with a losing road record.

NC State won the only recent meeting between these two schools back in 2011, 38-24. The biggest difference in this game will up front on both the offense and defensive lines. NC State should have no problem establishing their running game against a weak Central Michigan defensive line. This will allow the Wolfpack to take some shots down field and score on big plays. Central Michigan will find it hard to run against a big and powerful front line for NC State. The Chippewas will have to make some plays thru the air and at the same time take care of the ball, which is a tall task for this squad. I think the Wolfpack get up early and cover this spread by halftime.

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