Wake Forest at NC State - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-0) at NC State Wolfpack (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Carter-Finley Stadium)
The Line: NC State Wolfpack -10.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5 See the Latest Odds
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and NC State Wolfpack square off Saturday in ACC action at Carter-Finley Stadium.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons hope to start a season 5-0 for the first time since 2006. John Wolford is completing 54.7 percent of his passes for 423 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Wolford has at least one touchdown pass in four of his last eight games. Alex Bachman and Tabari Hines have combined for 211 receiving yards and one touchdown while Chuck Wade has 11 receptions. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons ground game is averaging 200 yards per contest, and Matt Colburn leads the way with 298 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Wake Forest is allowing 16.5 points and 338.5 yards per game. Jessie Bates leads the Demon Deacons with 22 tackles, Duke Ejiofor has 4.5 sacks and Brad Watson has two interceptions.
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The NC State Wolfpack look for a solid victory which would give them their sixth home win in nine tries. Ryan Finley is completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 714 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions. Finley has seven touchdown passes on his last 150 pass attempts. Stephen Louis and Jaylen Samuels have combined for 361 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Bra'Lon Cherry has nine receptions. The NC State Wolfpack ground game is averaging 210.6 yards per contest, and Matthew Dayes leads the way with 312 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, NC State is allowing 23 points and 311.3 yards per game. Josh Jones leads the Wolfpack with 24 tackles, Darian Roseboro has three sacks and Jerod Fernandez has one interception.
The Demon Deacons are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Wolfpack are 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Demon Deacons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in North Carolina State.
The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between these teams, but this line is an insult to Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have played solid football all season long and have the 33rd best defense in the country. In four games, Wake Forest has produced 12 sacks, 16 pass deflections and nine turnovers. The Demon Deacons get after it defensively and will force the Wolfpack into mistakes. This is a lot of points to give a Wake Forest club that simply doesn't allow many points to begin with.
Give me the points.