Free Week 2 Prediction: Thundering Herd vs Wolfpack Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) Marshall Thundering Herd vs. NC State Wolfpack (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: NC State -24.0
NCAA Betting Total: 54.5
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A tough Week 1 loss for the Wolfpack surely has them hungry and sure to be gunning for a win on Saturday.
Marshall managed just one offensive touchdown in their opener but still walked away with a victory in a wire-to-wire thrilling win over Miami (OH).
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Using 2 kick returns for touchdowns and an interception returned for a touchdown, the Thundering Herd escaped with a win that went back and forth from start to finish.
Inconsistent offensive play didn’t hold them back in the game against Miami (OH) but that will be a different story if it continues this week against NC State.
The Wolfpack have a very formidable front 7 as well as an offense ready to capitalize on mistakes. Marshall will need junior quarterback Chase Litton to stretch the ball down the field a bit.
They will also need some better production in the run game as they managed just 59 rushing yards in last week’s game.
Litton will have to take what he can get at times though as the Wolfpack’s defensive line will be on him in a hurry. The Wolfpack had 2 sacks and 7 tackles for loss in their opener against a pretty solid South Carolina offensive line.
Litton opened last season with 6 touchdowns in the first game before following with 3 interceptions in the second game. They’ll need him to be more consistent than he was last season not just this week but all season long.
NC State Wolfpack
The Wolfpack got off to a hot start in their opener with 14 points in the first quarter but only finished with 14 more over the rest of the game.
They missed a field goal and fumbled twice in the first 3 quarters before having their final two drives of the game come up short on 4th down as they looked to tie the game.
Quarterback Ryan Finley was under pressure all game long – as he was sacked 4 times and hurried 5 others. But he still played well – throwing for 415 yards and 2 touchdowns.
He did throw the ball 64 times so you can imagine the Wolfpack will hope to establish a lead and more of a ground presence so their quarterback doesn’t have to drop back 70 times again.
The run game was stalled by the Gamecock defense last week as they managed just 2.5 yards per carry and had only 1 rush over 10 yards.
South Carolina was a much different defense than Marshall will be so I would expect that run game to be more effective and thus take some pressure off their quarterback.
Either way, the Wolfpack should be able to move the ball effectively against the Thundering Herd defense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- NC State is 13-7 ATS in their last 20 non-conference games.
- NC State is 19-12 ATS in games as home favorite since 2010.
- Over is 10-5-1 in NC State’s last 16 non-conference games.
- Over is 11-4 in Marshall’s last 15 non-conference games.
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Keep an eye on the weather to make sure the hurricane coming up the cost isn’t going to make weather nasty for this one.
It looks like it should be fine in which case there will be nothing stopping the Wolfpack from taking out all of their anger from last week’s loss on Marshall.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: NC State –24.0
Marshall’s offensive line is going to have its hands full with the NC State front seven and the Wolfpack offense should be able to get itself going in cruise control.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: NC State 48 – Marshall 13
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