NC State Wolfpack vs East Carolina Pirates Prediction, 9/3/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs East Carolina Pirates
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022
Location: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Pirates (+10)
Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is the location where the East Carolina Pirates (7-5 last year) will go up against the NC State Wolfpack (9-3 last season) on Saturday. NC State opens this game as 10-point favorites from oddsmakers. The betting total is set at 58.5.
The NC State Wolfpack finished the season with a 9-3 record. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Wolfpack went up against the North Carolina Tar Heels and notched a win by a score of 34-30. Zonovan Knight was the best rusher for the Wolfpack with 9 totes for 69 yds (7.7 yds per attempt). Devin Leary went 19/30 with 247 yards passing and 4 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 176.5 and finished the game with no picks. On the ground, the Wolfpack gave up 299 yds on 40 tries, which is 7.5 yds per rush surrendered. NC State allowed 14 completions on 26 tries for a total of 147 yds, and a completion percentage of 53.8%. In all, they ran 60 plays for 360 yds. The NC State Wolfpack ran the football 29 different times and accumulated 113 yds, which came out to an average of 3.9 yds per carry.
The Wolfpack had 4,980 total yards for the previous season. NC State compiled 35 touchdowns via the pass and 11 touchdowns via the ground. They surrendered the football 10 different times. NC State amassed 257 1st downs, and they were called for 89 penalties for 774 yards. Offensively they averaged 126.6 yards on the ground, which was 98th in college football. Regarding putting points on the board, the NC State Wolfpack averaged 33.1 PPG.
The Wolfpack ranked 16th in college football in terms of their opponents scoring, giving up 19.7 PPG. They gave up 3.8 yards per tote and 124.3 rushing yards per contest throughout last season. Over the course of last year, they gave up 1,492 rushing yards through 12 games. In terms of yards via the pass, the Wolfpack conceded 2,491 yds which put them in 22nd in D-1. During their 12 games played, they allowed 207.6 yards per contest via the pass in addition to relinquishing a completion percentage of 52.8%. They gave up 331.8 yards per contest which ranked them 21st in Division 1. They relinquished 19 touchdowns through the air in addition to 10 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Pirates wrapped up their year having earned a 7-5 record. When they last stepped on the field, the Pirates took a loss by a final score of 35-13 when they played the Cincinnati Bearcats. Keaton Mitchell carried the football 17 times for 55 yards, ending the contest with 3.2 yards per attempt for East Carolina. Holton Ahlers (1 touchdown) finished the game with 228 yds on 19/38 passing while his quarterback rating was 103.8. He tossed 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 6.0. East Carolina conceded 36 run attempts for 143 yards (4.0 yds per carry). The Pirates passing defense gave up a completion rate of 60.7%, relinquishing 301 yds on 17 for 28 passing. The Pirates finished the contest with a total of 282 yards on 77 plays (3.7 yds per play). East Carolina ended up running for 1.4 yds per attempt, finishing with 54 yds on 38 attempts.
The East Carolina Pirates maintained an average of 432.7 yards per outing, which had them sitting 38th in the nation. The East Carolina offense totaled 592 yds of penalties on 64 violations, which had them sitting 104th in the nation in terms of hurting your team. Last season, the Pirates earned 3,252 passing yards as well as averaging 271.0 passing yards per outing, which had them ranked 24th in Division 1. When it comes to their scoring prowess, the Pirates were ranked 54th in the nation scoring 29.7 PPG.
East Carolina conceded a total of 1,954 yards on the ground (162.8 yards per outing) in addition to 20 touchdowns via the rush last season. They surrendered 17 touchdowns through the air as well as 231.2 yards/outing, which put them in 70th in the nation. The Pirates defense took part in 790 plays, which ranked them 21st in the nation. The Pirates gave up 26.3 points per game, which had them ranked 65th in college football. Overall, they conceded 316 total points.
Who will win tonight's Wolfpack/Pirates college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Pirates +10
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