NC State Wolfpack vs Virginia Tech Hokies Prediction, 11/18/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: NC State Wolfpack vs Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023
Location: Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Hokies (-3)
Lane Stadium is the location where the Virginia Tech Hokies (5-5) will go up against the NC State Wolfpack (7-3) on Saturday, November 18, 2023. Virginia Tech opens this matchup as 3-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 44.5.
The NC State Wolfpack step onto the field holding a record of 7-3 for this year. In their last game, the Wolfpack took on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and walked away with a win by a score of 26-6. Brennan Armstrong went 12/17 with 113 yards passing and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rating of 145.8 and ended the game with no interceptions. Brennan Armstrong was the rushing leader for the Wolfpack with 15 attempts for 96 yards (6.4 yards per carry). The NC State Wolfpack ran the football 50 times and accounted for 266 yards, which earned them an average of 5.3 yds per carry. Once the final whistle blew, they tallied 67 plays which totaled 379 yds. NC State gave up 16 completions on 29 tries for 156 yds, and a completion percentage of 55.2%. When it came to stopping the run, the Wolfpack conceded 7 yds on 18 tries, which is 0.4 yards per rush allowed.
The Wolfpack have earned 3,244 total yards for the season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, NC State has totaled 13 passing touchdowns and 14 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the ball over 14 different times. NC State has accrued 173 first downs offensively, and they have been called for 58 penalties for 476 yds. As a team they're holding an average of 144.1 yards on the ground which has them sitting 85th in college football. In terms of putting the ball in the endzone, the NC State Wolfpack have an average of 24.8 PPG.
The Wolfpack rank 24th in the nation regarding team defense, allowing 19.4 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.3 yards per run and 100.3 rushing yards per game this season. For the year, they have given up 1,003 yards via the ground game in 10 games. When talking about yards through the air, the Wolfpack have conceded 2,146 yards which puts them in 49th in D-1. They are allowing 214.6 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 57.5%. For the season, they have allowed 314.9 yards per outing which has them ranked 20th in college football. They have yielded 13 touchdowns through the air and 9 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Hokies come into this matchup with a record of 5-5 this year. The last time they took the field, the Hokies walked away with a victory by a final of 48-22 when they faced the Boston College Eagles. Kyron Drones (2 touchdowns) finished the contest with 219 yards on 12/17 through the air while his QB rate was 217.6. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his Y/A was 12.9. Kyron Drones carried the football 20 times for 135 yards, finishing the contest with 6.8 yards per carry for Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech ran the ball for 7.1 yards per attempt, finishing with a total of 363 yards on 51 carries. The Hokies finished the contest with a total of 600 yds while they ran 72 plays (8.3 yards per play). The Hokies secondary gave up a completion percentage of 48.1%, surrendering 138 yards on 13 for 27 passing. Virginia Tech conceded 29 rushing attempts for 124 yards (4.3 yards per carry).
When it comes to the points being put on the board, the Hokies rank 76th in college football by scoring 26.0 PPG. The Virginia Tech Hokies hold an average of 378.7 yards per outing, which is good for 73rd in the country. The Virginia Tech offense has 562 penalty yds on 63 infractions, which ranks them 48th in the nation in terms of helping out the opposition. They have thrown 4 picks while losing 7 fumbles and they have been able to tally 200 first downs. Over the course of the season thus far, the Hokies have a total of 2,056 passing yards in addition to an average of 205.6 passing yards per outing, putting them at 91st in Division 1. They maintain an average of 173.1 run yards per game and have toted the ball for 1,731 yards for the year.
The Hokies are giving up 23.9 points per contest, which has them ranked 52nd in the country. Virginia Tech has surrendered a total of 1,560 yards rushing (156.0 yards per outing) as well as 18 touchdowns by way of the ground game so far this season. Over the course of the season, they have surrendered 239 pts. They have conceded 11 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 161.2 yards per outing, ranking them 6th in Division 1. The Hokies defense has been on the field for 596 plays, which is 9th in Division 1. Their defense has totaled 5 fumbles recovered and 6 interceptions so far this season.
Who will win tonight's Wolfpack/Hokies college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Wolfpack +3
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