North Carolina vs NC State College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 10/24/20
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NC State Wolfpack (4-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (3-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Kenan Memorial Stadium)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -14.5 -- Over/Under: 65.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The NC State Wolfpack and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Saturday in week 8 college football action at Kenan Stadium.
The NC State Wolfpack look for a fourth straight victory to improve to 5-1 on the CFB season. The NC State Wolfpack have lost six of their last eight road games. Devin Leary is completing 59.6 percent of his passes for 879 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Leary and Bailey Hockman have combined for 10 touchdown passes and five interceptions this season. Emeka Emezie and Devin Carter have combined for 529 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Cary Angeline has 11 receptions. The NC State Wolfpack ground game is averaging 153.6 yards per contest, and Zonovan Knight leads the way with 365 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, NC State is allowing 31.4 points and 421.4 yards per game. Payton Wilson leads the NC State Wolfpack with 44 tackles, Daniel Joseph has three sacks and Joshua Pierre-Louis has one interception.
The North Carolina Tar Heels look for their third home victory to improve to 4-1 on the season. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won four of their last five home games. Sam Howell is completing 64.7 percent of his passes for 1,151 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Howell has eight touchdown passes in his last three games. Dyami Brown and Beau Corrales have combined for 534 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Javonte Williams has nine receptions. The North Carolina Tar Heels ground game is averaging 229.7 yards per contest, and Michael Carter leads the way with 478 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, North Carolina is allowing 26 points and 370.5 yards per game. Don Chapman leads the North Carolina Tar Heels with 26 tackles, Tomari Fox has three sacks and Giovanni Biggers has one interception.
The Wolfpack are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The underdog is 12-5 ATS in their last 17 meetings. The road team is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
While UNC is getting all of the love from the media and oddsmakers, NC State has quietly put together an impressive stretch and has scored 30 or more points in four of their first five games. North Carolina is coming off an embarrassing loss to Florida State and allowed Virginia Tech to hang around the week before that, so there's reason for concerns with the Tar Heels. Throw in the fact this is a rivalry game, and it feels like this is too steep of a line and a bit disrespectful to NC State. Let's not forget NC State has won four of the last five meetings against the Tar Heels. NC State has also covered 10 of its last 17 games as a double-digit underdog.
I want the points here.