Pick Details

(109) Wake Forest vs. NC State (110)

PICK: 888sport @ -16.5 NCST (-114)

DATE: November 8, 2018 - 7:30 PM

STAR RATING: 10.0

SPORT: NCAAF

EXPERT: Matt Fargo

EVALUATION: Loss (-1140) - Final Score WAKE 27 at NCST 23

ANALYSIS:

This is a play on the NC STATE WOLFPACK for our CFB Thursday Enforcer. Wake Forest needs to win two of their final three games to become bowl eligible for a third straight season under head coach Dave Clawson. At this point, that seems unlikely. The Demon Deacons are 4-5 and things are not looking good after losing quarterback Sam Hartman for the season against Syracuse on Saturday. Former starter Kendall Hinton, who was moved to the slot, or Jamie Newman will get the start so the offense is going to be taking a step back. The Wolfpack are ranked No. 38 in the country in total defense, and that would be even better if NC State did not already get rolled over by the high-powered offenses of Clemson and Syracuse and Wake Forest is not in that category. While the Wolfpack are already bowl eligible, there is a greater goal as winning out would get them to 10 wins and a high profile bowl game and this would be just the second time in school history where they would have double-digits wins. The last four games are all against losing teams. NC State senior quarterback Ryan Finley enters Thursday night leading the ACC in passing yards, completion percentage and yards per attempt. He has thrown for 2,490 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions on 8.53 ypa on the season. This is not good news for the Demon Deacons as they are ranked 12th in the ACC in passing defense as they are giving up 272.6 ypg which is good for No. 115 in the nation. Not only are the Demon Deacons allowing a lot of yards, but they have also given up 20 passing touchdowns and have picked off opposing quarterbacks only three times. NC State is 7-0 ATS in its last seven games against passing defenses allowing 250 or more ypg while the Demon Deacons are 0-6 ATS in their last six games against teams with a winning record. 10* (110) NC State Wolfpack


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