Furman Paladins (2-0) vs. NC State Wolfpack (1-1)
September 18, 2021 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: NC State Wolfpack -29.5 / Furman Paladins +29.5; Over/Under: 40.5
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The NC State Wolfpack meet the Furman Paladins Saturday in week 3 college football action at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Furman Paladins look for another win after beating North Carolina A&T and Tennessee Tech. The NC State Wolfpack look for another win to get a game above a .500 record.
The Furman Paladins have won five of their last nine games overall. Hamp Sisson is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 558 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Ryan Miller and Joshua Harris have combined for 279 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Zach Peterson has five receptions. The Furman Paladins ground game is averaging 146 yards per contest, and Devin Wynn leads the way with 159 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Furman is allowing nine points and 230 yards per game. Hugh Ryan leads the Furman Paladins with 13 tackles, Travis Blackshear has one sack and DiMarcus Clay has one interception.
The NC State Wolfpack have won each of their last four home games. Devin Leary is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 535 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Emeka Emezie and Devin Carter have combined for 293 receiving yards on 17 catches while Porter Rooks has two receptions. The NC State Wolfpack ground game is averaging 163.5 yards per contest, and Zonovan Knight leads the way with 194 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, NC State is allowing 12 points and 293.5 yards per game. Drake Thomas leads the NC State Wolfpack with 18 tackles, Payton Wilson has one sack and Cyrus Fagan has one interception.
The NC State Wolfpack are obviously the better team here and should win comfortably, but they had their issues last week against Miss State and this is a lookahead spot with Clemson on deck next week. The Furman Paladins also aren’t a pushover, as they’ve handled their business through their first two games, and this is the same program that gave Georgia State and Virginia Tech a scare a couple years ago. I’ll take a shot with Furman and the boatload of free points.