North Carolina State Wolfpack (6-5) at North Carolina Tar Heels (6-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 29, 2014, 12:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -7 -- Over/Under: TBA
The North Carolina State Wolfpack travel to Chapel Hill to play the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday afternoon.
The North Carolina State Wolfpack improved to 6-5, 2-5 ACC after beating Wake Forest at home two weeks ago 42-13. The Wolfpack have lost five of their last seven in conference play, losing to the likes of Florida State, Clemson, Boston College, Louisville, and Georgia Tech. On the year, the Wolfpack defense is allowing 28.8 points per game, which ranks below average in the country. Offensively, North Carolina State is averaging 29.4 points per game this season, which ranks in the middle of the pack amongst FBS schools. QB Jacoby Brissett has thrown for 2,278 yards with 19 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. WR Bo Hines has a team-high 40 catches for 513 yards and one touchdown. RB Shadrach Thornton has rushed for a team-high 650 yards and 8 touchdowns for NC State this season. The Wolfpack are bowl eligible with 6 wins and would like to boost their resume with another win against their in-state rival. North Carolina State is 2-2 on the road this season.
The North Carolina Tar Heels improved to 6-5, 4-3 ACC after beating Duke 45-20 last weekend. The Tar Heels have won two straight and four of their last five games overall. North Carolina has beat the likes of Georgia Tech, Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Duke in the past month. On the year, the Tar Heels are allowing a whopping 39.3 points per game on average, which ranks almost dead last in college football. The North Carolina offense is averaging an impressive 36.7 points per game, which ranks 20th in the country this season. QB Marquise Williams has completed over 63% of his passes for 2,773 yards with 20 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Williams also leads the team in rushing with 726 yards and 12 touchdowns. WR Ryan Switzer has caught a team-high 50 balls for 672 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Tar Heels. North Carolina became bowl eligible with the win over Duke and would like to keep their momentum going into bowl season. The Tar Heels are 4-1 at home this season.
North Carolina has won the last two meetings with NC State, including a 27-19 win on the road last year. The Wolfpack have not played great on the road, while North Carolina has played some of their best football all year at home. I think this will be a high scoring game and I think it will be competitive al the way down to the final possession. I’m taking the points with the Wolfpack and the over if it comes in at the right number.