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NC State Wolfpack vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-0) at NC State Wolfpack (2-1)
Date & Time Saturday October 1, 2016, 3:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: NC State Wolfpack -9 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
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CFB | Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-0) at NC State Wolfpack (2-1)
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In college football activity on Saturday, October 1 from Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will be visiting the North Carolina State Wolfpack. 

Wake Forest comes into this game with a clean 4-0 record, thanks to a Week 4 win over Indiana 33-28 on Saturday. That one was a defensive triumph, as the Demon Deacons grabbed five interceptions and blocked a field goal. QB John Wolford would throw for 172 yards and a TD on 16-of-29 passing, while Matt Colburn led the Deacons on 29 carries for 103 yards on the ground. Chuck Wade was the high man in receiving, with his six grabs for 59 yards and a TD. 

So far this year, Wolford has 423 yards on 41-of-75 passing with a pair of touchdowns. Colburn has carried 72 times for 298 yards and a score, while Alex Bachman leads Wake Forest in receiving with seven grabs for 110 yards and a TD. 

As for the Wolfpack, they’ll come into this game at 2-1 following a big win over Old Dominion 49-22 in their last appearance. NC State was up 35-9 heading into the fourth quarter here. QB Ryan Finley posted a 24-of-48 line for three touchdowns, while backup QB Jalen McClendon got into the act with two rushing scores and a passing TD. Matthew Dayes would lead the Wolfpack in rushing with 71 yards on 14 carries, and Stephen Louis managed five receptions for 80 yards. 

On the season, Finley holds 714 yards on 61-of-80 passing with six touchdowns, and Dayes has a team-high 51 carries and 312 yards on the ground for the Wolfpack. Louis leads the way among North Carolina State receivers with his nine grabs for 226 yards and one TD. 

The Demon Deacons are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games versus a team with a winning home record, and 4-0 ATS in their last four road games overall. Wake Forest is also 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a bye week, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win. 

As for the Wolfpack, they’re 19-4 ATS in their last 23 games following a bye week, and 1-4 ATS in their last five conference games. North Carolina State is also 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games on grass, and 0-5 ATS versus a team with a winning record. 

I really like the way the Wolfpack looked in their last outing. With Finley and McClendon under center, that offense can really cook. I’ll take North Carolina State for a big win.

Pick:
North Carolina State Wolfpack -9

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