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Georgia Tech vs. NC State - 11/21/19 CFB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
NC State at Georgia Tech
Date & Time Thursday November 21, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Bobby Dodd Stadium
Atlanta, GA
The Line
GT -120, GT -1
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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The North Carolina State Wolfpack head to Georgia on Thursday for a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a battle of two teams in the ACC.  In their last game, NC State was beaten by the Louisville Cardinals by the score of 34-20.  Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary completed 24 of 44 passes for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns against 1 interception.  Zonovan Knight was NC State’s leading rusher as he carried the ball 12 times for 61 yards in the game.  NC State’s leading receiver was Emeka Emezie who caught 8 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals.  The Wolfpack defense allowed 326 yards to Louisville, including 249 through the air. 

With the loss, NC State is now 4-6 on the season and 1-5 in conference play which places them in 6th place in the ACC-Atlantic Division. Devin Leary took over as the starter for NC State on October 19th and has thrown for 894 yards and 6 touchdowns against 3 interceptions.  The lead rusher for NC State is Zonovan Knight who has carried the ball 106 times for 589 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season.  The lead receiver for the Wolfpack is Emeka Emezie who has caught 51 passes for 521 yards and 2 touchdowns on the year. 

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets welcome the NC State Wolfpack into town after being shut out by Virginia Tech in their last game by the score of 45-0.  Georgia Tech quarterback James Graham completed 7 of 14 passes for 43 yards while throwing 2 interceptions.  The lead rusher for Georgia Tech was Christian Mallow who rushed 4 times for 21 yards.  Adonicas Sanders led the Yellow Jackets in receiving as he caught 2 passes for 22 yards in the game.  The Georgia Tech defense didn’t play much better than their offense as they allowed 461 yards against Virginia Tech, including 238 on the ground.

With the loss, Georgia Tech fell to 2-8 on the season, including a record of 1-6 in conference play which places the Yellow Jackets in last place in the ACC-Coastal Division.  Quarterback James Graham has thrown for 995 yards and 8 touchdowns on the year against 7 interceptions.  Running back Jordan Mason has been Georgia Tech’s leading rusher on the season as he has carried the ball 134 times for 721 yards and 7 touchdowns on the season.  Ahmarean Brown has been the Yellow Jackets leading receiver on the season as he has caught 18 passes for 365 yards and 5 touchdowns on the year.

NC State has scored an average of 22.9 points per game and has allowed 29.2 points per game.  Georgia Tech has scored 16.5 points per game and allowed 31.1 points per game.  NC State has averaged gaining 381.7 yards per game and is allowing 377.2 yards per game.  Georgia Tech has averaged gaining 290.2 yards per game and have allowed 411.8 yards per game.  In a game between two of the bottom teams in the ACC, I have to go with NC State in this one. The Wolfpack have scored more points per game and have given up less points per game.  Looing at the offensive and defensive stats, NC State is the better team.  NC State wins 24-21. 

Pick:
NCST +120, NCST +1
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