USF Bulls vs NC State Wolfpack Prediction, 9/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: USF Bulls vs NC State Wolfpack
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Location: Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Wolfpack (-18.5)
Carter-Finley Stadium is the site where the NC State Wolfpack (8-3 last year) will play the USF Bulls (1-8 last season) on Thursday. USF opens this game as 18.5-point underdogs. The total comes in at 60.
The USF Bulls ended the season with a 1-8 mark. In their last contest, the Bulls played against the UCF Knights and took a loss by a score of 58-46. Jordan McCloud connected on 32/46 with 404 yards through the air and 4 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 172.0 and walked away from the game with no interceptions. Brian Battie was the leader on the ground for the Bulls with 15 totes for 102 yds (6.8 yards per carry). In all, they ran 93 plays which gave them 646 yards. The USF Bulls ended up rushing 46 times and recorded 242 yards, earning them an average of 5.3 yards per tote. On the ground, the Bulls gave up 241 yds on 45 tries, which is 5.4 yds per rush surrendered. USF relinquished 22 completions on 36 attempts for 336 yards, and a completion rate of 61.1%.
The Bulls earned 3,288 yards in total over the course of last season. They turned the football over 17 times. USF amassed 12 touchdowns via the pass and 11 rushing touchdowns. USF amassed 188 1st downs as a team, and they committed 48 penalties for 452 yds. Offensively they maintained an average of 148.8 yards on the ground, ranking them 79th in Division 1. When it comes to putting points on the board, the USF Bulls averaged 23.1 points per game.
The Bulls ranked 133rd in the nation concerning their opponents scoring, giving up 39.9 PPG. They allowed teams to run for an average of 5.0 yards per rushing attempt and 212.3 rushing yards per contest last season. For the season, they conceded 1,911 yards via the running game in 9 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Bulls gave up 2,061 yards which had them ranked 80th in Division 1. Over the course of their 9 games played last season, they allowed 229.0 yards per game through the air as well as allowing a completion percentage of 60.7%. They yielded 21 touchdowns through the air and 20 touchdowns on the ground. They surrendered 441.3 yards per game which had them ranked 107th in Division 1.
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The Wolfpack wrapped up their year holding a 8-3 mark. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Wolfpack went home defeated by a final of 23-21 against the Kentucky Wildcats. Bailey Hockman (1 TD) walked away from the game with 268 yards on 27/40 passing while his quarterback rate was 117.0. He threw 3 picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 6.7. Zonovan Knight carried the rock 12 times for 52 yds, finishing the game with 4.3 yds per carry for NC State. NC State ran the ball for 1.9 yards per tote, finishing the contest with 50 yds on 26 carries. The Wolfpack finished the game with a total of 318 yards and they ran 66 plays (4.8 yds per play). The Wolfpack secondary allowed a completion rate of 61.9%, surrendering 92 yds on 13 out of 21 passing. NC State gave up 44 run attempts for 291 yards (6.6 yards per carry).
Regarding this team's ability to score points, the Wolfpack had a ranking of 43rd in the country averaging 31.1 points per outing. Last year, the Wolfpack threw for 2,875 passing yards along with an average of 261.4 passing yards per outing, ranking them 37th in Division 1. They maintained an average of 130.1 yards via the ground game and rushed for 1,431 yards for the season. The NC State Wolfpack maintained an average of 391.5 yards per contest which ranked them 66th in the nation. The NC State offense racked up 846 yds of penalties on 89 infractions, which was 2nd in D-1 in terms of helping out the other team. They tossed 12 interceptions while letting opponents recover 4 fumbles and they recorded 248 1st downs.
The Wolfpack gave up 29.7 points per game, which had them in 78th in D-1. Overall, they allowed 327 points in total. NC State conceded a total of 1,799 yards via the ground game (163.5 yards per game) as well as 17 touchdowns on the ground last season. They yielded 20 touchdowns through the air as well as 254.6 yards/outing, which had them in 109th in D-1. The Wolfpack defense was on the field for 842 plays, which was good for 136th in college football. Their defense had 3 fumbles recovered and 10 picks last year.
Who will win tonight's Bulls/Wolfpack college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Bulls +18.5
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