Free Week 4 Prediction: Cardinals vs Wolfpack Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 4
(1-2) Ball State Cardinals vs. N.C. State Wolfpack (2-1)
Date: Saturday, September 21st 2019
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: -19
NCAA Betting Total: 57.5
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The Ball State Cardinals will head south this weekend to take the field against the N.C. State Wolfpack in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Cardinals will be looking to bounce back from a 41-31 loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls last week.
N.C. State will be looking to improve to 3-1 on the year. They also found themselves in the loss column falling 44-27 last week to West Virginia. The Wolfpack will have to be tight against Ball State’s passing attack if they want to win at home this weekend.
Ball State Cardinals
The Ball State Cardinals fell to the Florida Atlantic Owls last week. The Cardinals found themselves down 17-21 at halftime and weren’t able to get any closer. They ended up losing the game 41-31.
Ball State had 24 first downs in the game, converting on five of 14 third-down opportunities and one of two on fourth-down. They managed to pick up 470 total yards in the loss, 303 of which came through the air.
The Cardinals averaged over four yards per carry when they kept the ball on the ground for 167 rushing yards. They had four turnovers in the contest, three fumbles and an interception.
Quarterback Drew Plitt connected on 26 of 38 attempts for 303 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Caleb Huntley was the leading rusher for Ball State with 14 carries for 86 yards. Antwan Davis hauled in five receptions for 76 yards and a score.
On defense, Ball State gave up a total of 498 yards, 366 of which were via the passing game. The Cardinals had their moments stopping the run, giving up 132 rushing yards in the contest. They were able to come up with two turnovers of their own, both fumble recoveries.
Linebacker Jacob White had a monster game with 17 tackles. Bryce Cosby wasn’t far behind with 10 of his own.
N.C. State Wolfpack
The N.C. State Wolfpack suffered their first loss of the season last week, falling 44-27 to the West Virginia Mountaineers. The game was knotted up at 21 through the first half, but the Mountaineers 13 points in the fourth quarter was too much for N.C. State.
The Wolfpack had 24 first downs in the game, moving the chains five of 17 third-down opportunities. They made an attempt five times on fourth-down, only converting two of them.
N.C. State had 369 total yards in the game. They completed 24 of 49 passing attempts for 225 yards and ran the ball for 173 rushing yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Wolfpack gave up 445 total yards to West Virginia. The Mountaineers were able to complete 27 of 40 passing attempts for 272 yards while running for over six yards per carry for 173 yards on the ground.
Quarterback Matthew McKay was able to complete 23 of 48 passing attempts for 207 yards and a touchdown. Zonovan Knight ran the ball 12 times for 72 yards. Emeka Emezie was the leading receiver for the Wolfpack with 103 yards on 12 receptions.
On the season, N.C. State has been able to throw the ball for an average of 256.7. They have ran the ball for 214.7 yards per game. They are averaging 34 points per contest while giving up only 16.7.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Total has gone over in 4 of Ball State’s last 5 games.
- Ball State is 7-1 ATS their last eight week 4 games.
Free Week 4 NCAA Football Pick
I don’t question whether or not N.C. State will win the game. My dilemma is if they will do enough to cover the 19 points. The Cardinals have been tough on offense themselves, scoring over 37 points a week.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Strong Lean Over 57.5
I think the Cardinals are good enough throwing the ball to keep this game within 19. I also see the total going over 57.5.
Week 4 Free Score Prediction: Ball State 24 – N.C. State 42
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