Louisville at NC State College Football Picks & Predictions 10/5/2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
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The Louisville Cardinals travel to Carter-Finley Stadium to take on the NC State Wolfpack on Thursday, October 5, 2017. The opening line for this game has Louisville as 3.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 60.5. The Cardinals have an ATS record of 1-4-0 while their over/under record is 3-2-0. The Wolfpack have an over/under record of 3-2-0 and they are 1-4-0 against the spread.
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Valuable Louisville Cardinals Betting Trends
The Louisville Cardinals are 3-2-0 against the over/under
The Louisville Cardinals are 1-4-0 against the spread
Important NC State Wolfpack Betting Trends
The NC State Wolfpack are 3-2-0 against the over/under
The NC State Wolfpack are 1-4-0 against the spread
Key Louisville Cardinals Injuries
10/01/17 OL Cole Bentley Concussion "?" Thursday vs. NC State
10/01/17 RB Colin Wilson Knee injured last game, "?" Thursday vs. NC State
10/01/17 DL Drew Bailey Ankle "?" Thursday vs. NC State
10/01/17 CB Jaire Alexander Leg "?" Thursday vs. NC State
09/24/17 WR Jaylen Smith Wrist out indefinitely
09/11/17 RB Jeremy Smith Lower Body out for season
08/29/17 WR Devante Peete Knee out for season
08/16/17 S P.J. Blue Knee out indefinitely
Key NC State Wolfpack Injuries
10/01/17 RB Dakwa Nichols Knee out for season
10/01/17 DE Deonte Holden Upper Body "?" Thursday vs. Louisville
10/01/17 S Dexter Wright Groin "?" Thursday vs. Louisville
10/01/17 LB Riley Nicholson Groin "?" Thursday vs. Louisville
09/30/17 DT Dante Johnson Lower Body out for season
09/30/17 RB Marquise Braxton Lower Body out for season
09/14/17 CB James Valdez Knee out for season
09/05/17 DB Freddie Phillips Jr. Achilles out for season
09/05/17 DB Trae Meadows Personal out indefinitely
08/24/17 RB Erin Collins Suspension out indefinitely
08/24/17 LB Isaiah Moore Suspension out indefinitely
08/24/17 DE Xavier Lyas Suspension out indefinitely
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Louisville Cardinals are 13th in Division 1 in points scored with 200. They have run 379 plays this season for 2,877 yards, which ranks them 5th in the nation in total offense. The Cardinals average 7.6 yards per play, which is 5th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 144 1st downs this year, placing them 1st overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Louisville has run for 1,051 yards as a team, which ranks 23rd in the country. They've run 177 times, averaging 5.9 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Cardinals have been penalized on offense 37 times for 305 yards so far this season, which has them 17th in the nation in penalties. Lamar Jackson has thrown for 1,387 yards this season. He has completed 94 passes on 149 attempts for a completion percentage of 63.1%. His quarterback rating this year is 159.4. He averages 9.3 yards per pass attempt and 9.7 adjusted yards per throw.
Louisville is 74th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 123. They have surrendered a total of 1,588 yards on D, which is 54th in Division 1. The Cardinals are ranked 30th in yards per play allowed with 4.9. Opposing offenses have completed 97 passes on 154 attempts against the Louisville Cardinals defense this season, placing them 92nd and 83rd in the country. The Louisville pass defense has also given up a total of 1,065 yards through the air, which is 77th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 168 attempts for 523 yards this year, putting them in 30th place in D-1 against the run. The Cardinals have committed 24 penalties for 253 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 75th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Louisville is ranked 7th in the nation in punt returns with 13. They've accumulated 82 punt return yards and average 6.3 yards per return, which is 68th in college football. They have returned 11 kicks for 227 yards on special teams, ranking 78th in kick return yardage. The Cardinals average 21 yards per kick return and they are 3rd in the country in all-purpose yards with 3,186. The Louisville Cardinals have attempted 7 field goals this season and made 7, which is 33rd in D-1. Louisville Cardinals kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 23 for 23 this year. Their punters have totaled 635 yards on 15 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That places them 53rd in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Wolfpack have run for 854 yards as a team, which ranks 47th in the nation. They've run 187 times, averaging 4.6 yards per rush as a unit. The Wolfpack have been penalized on offense 28 times for 238 yards so far this year, which has them 71st in the country in penalties. They are 25th in Division 1 in points scored with 174. They have run 384 plays this year for 2,319 yards, which ranks them 16th in the nation in total offense. The NC State Wolfpack average 6 yards per play, which is 52nd in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 128 1st downs this season, ranking them 13th overall as an offensive unit. Ryan Finley has completed 118 throws while attempting 159 passes for a completion percentage of 74.2%. He has passed for 1,217 yards this year. He averages 8.7 adjusted yards per throw and 7.7 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 155.1.
The NC State Wolfpack rush defense has given up 149 attempts for 428 yards this season, putting them in 17th place in the country against the run. They have had 39 penalties for 322 yards on defense this year. That places them 104th in Division 1. NC State is 68th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 117. They have given up a total of 1,852 yards on D, which is 81st in the nation. The Wolfpack are 86th in yards per play allowed with 5.7. Opponent offenses have completed 106 throws on 177 attempts against the NC State defense this season, ranking them 109th and 111th in the country. The NC State Wolfpack pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,424 yards in the air, which is 120th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The NC State Wolfpack have tried 8 field goals this year and made 5, which is 63rd in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 63%. NC State kickers have made 91% of their extra points, going 21 for 23 this season. Their punters have accumulated 851 yards on 19 punts, averaging 45 yards per punt. That ranks them 22nd in the NCAA in punting average. NC State is 123rd in the country in punt returns with 3. They've totaled 40 punt return yards and average 13.3 yards per return, which is 21st in D-1. They have returned 12 kicks for 278 yards on special teams, which puts them 50th in kick return yardage. The Wolfpack average 23 yards per kick return and they are 22nd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 2,637.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Wolfpack college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals -3.5
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