NC State at Louisville - 10/22/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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NC State Wolfpack (4-2) at Louisville Cardinals (5-1)

College Football: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Papa John's Cardinal Stadium)

The Line: Louisville Cardinals -19 -- Over/Under: 65 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The NC State Wolfpack and Louisville Cardinals play a ACC college football game Saturday afternoon at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The NC State Wolfpack hope to get their first road victory of the season and stay in the ACC race. The NC State Wolfpack have not beat a ranked team since the 2012 season. Ryan Finley is completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 1,272 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Finley has just three touchdown passes in his last three games. Stephen Louis and Jaylen Samuels have combined for 650 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Kelvin Harmon has 10 receptions. The NC State Wolfpack ground game is averaging 186.1 yards per contest, and Matthew Dayes leads the way with 669 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, NC State is allowing 18.7 points and 315.7 yards per game. Josh Jones leads the NC State Wolfpack with 53 tackles, Bradley Chubb has five sacks and Mike Stevens has one interception.

The Louisville Cardinals look to remain unbeaten at home and stay in the college football playoff race. The Louisville Cardinals have won seven straight home games. Lamar Jackson is completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 1,806 yards, 15 touchdowns and four interceptions. Jackson has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. James Quick and Jamari Staples have combined for 890 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Cole Hikutini has 21 receptions. The Louisville Cardinals ground game is averaging 305.6 yards per contest, and Jackson leads the way with 832 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Louisville is allowing 24.3 points and 309.8 yards per game. Josh Harvey-Clemons leads the Louisville Cardinals with 45 tackles, James Hearns has 4.5 sacks and Jaire Alexander has three interceptions.

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The Wolfpack are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Cardinals are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 6-2-1 in Wolfpack last 9 games overall.

NC State has been solid and a big time surprise this season. The Wolfpack also have the defense to give Louisville a challenge. However, the Louisville Cardinals need to keep winning and keep winning big if they're going to sneak into the college football playoff. There also hasn't been anybody to slow down Lamar Jackson, and NC State doesn't have the offensive firepower to hang for 60 minutes. Give me the Cards in a blowout.

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Randy’s Pick Louisville Cardinals -19

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