St. Petersburg Bowl: NC State vs. UCF Free Picks & Odds
by Tony Sink - 12/17/2014
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In the St. Petersburg Bowl on December 26, the NC State Wolfpack (7-5) will be facing the UCF Knights (9-3), who finished their regular season on a four-game winning streak. NC State ended up in fifth place in the ACC Atlantic standings, while UCF was second in the American standings.
NC State comes into this bowl game on a two-game winning streak after beating North Carolina 35-7 on the road in their last game. They had 454 yards of offense in that win and they didn't commit any turnovers.
The Wolfpack have rushed for 206 yards per game this season and they've scored nearly 30 points per game. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett has had a good year by throwing for 2,344 yards with 22 touchdown passes, and he also has 498 rushing yards with three more scores.
UCF continued their solid second half to the season when they were able to defeat East Carolina 32-30 earlier this month. They scored 21 fourth-quarter points in that win, including a 51-yard touchdown pass as time expired.
Through 12 games, the Knights are eighth in the country in points against by only allowing their opponents to score 17.9 points per game against them. Sophomore quarterback Justin Holman has completed 59 percent of his passes this season for 2,661 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Running back William Stanback has rushed for 659 yards and a team-high 10 touchdowns.
NC State Wolfpack Betting Trends
NC State Wolfpack are 7-5-0 Against the Spread
NC State Wolfpack are 5-6-0 against the Over/Under
UCF Knights Betting Trends
UCF Knights are 8-4-0 Against the Spread
UCF Knights are 6-5-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
NC State Wolfpack
12/07/14 WR NaQuan Brown Leg out for season
08/28/14 LB Coult Culler Undisclosed out indefinitely
08/28/14 LB Ty Linton Knee out indefinitely
08/11/14 LB M.J. Salahuddin Knee out indefinitely
11/30/14 WR J.J. Worton ACL out for season
10/21/14 OG Colby Watson Back out for season
Tony's Pick: Take UCF
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