Free Week 1 Prediction: Wolfpack vs Gamecocks Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) NC State Wolfpack vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 3:00 pm EST
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: NC State -6
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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We have finally reached week one of the college football season with a full plate of games. The best part of a new season is that every team feels like they can have a good season, and that this is the season where they can reach all their goals.
One of the games to take place in week one takes place at Bank of America Stadium. The NC State Wolfpack and South Carolina play in neutral site game.
This is the first meeting between the teams since 2009 when South Carolina won by a final score of 7-3.
NC State Wolfpack
The NC State Wolfpack had a good start to their season last year, and a good finish to the season, but they had a four game stretch in the middle that really hurt them. They finished the season with a 7-6 record, and they will look to build on that this season.
The Wolfpack are a very veteran squad this year, led by their quarterback Ryan Finley, who came from Boise State two years ago.
In his first year for the Wolfpack last year, he was good but wasn’t great, and will need to take a step forward this year, if NC State wants to take that step forward.
He threw for 3059 yards and 18 touchdowns. He had eight interceptions, which isn’t terrible, but is kind of high for a guy who didn’t take many chances down the field.
On the defensive side of the ball, it all starts up front with four returning starters coming back to a defensive line that was good last year.
But after the defensive line there is a lot of questions and those questions are going to need to be answered quickly.
South Carolina Gamecocks
The South Carolina Gamecocks finished the regular season last year with a 6-6 record, and then lost their bowl game which was a low point finishing below the .500 mark.
Will Muschamp is back for his second year leading the Gamecocks, and he got a lot out of nothing in his first year, especially on the offensive side.
They were one of the most productive units in all the country, and somehow this team still found a way to win six games.
Sophomore Jake Bentley is back to lead the offense, and although his stats weren’t the greatest last year, he did get a lot of experience and got control of the offense, and that should really help him take a big step forward this year.
On the defensive side they lost a lot of talent, and they will probably take a step back on that side of the ball. That means the offense is going to need to be even better, if they want to get above that six win mark set from last year.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 9-2 in SOCAR last 11 vs. ACC.
- SOCAR are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. ACC.
- Under is 17-8-1 in SOCAR last 26 games on grass.
- NCST are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games on grass.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
The better team in this game is the Wolfpack, but they aren’t that much better.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Gamecocks +6
I think they will use good quarterback play to lead their team to victory.
Although the Wolfpack come out ahead, I think that the Gamecocks will do enough to cover the spread.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: SWolfpack 21 – Gamecocks 17
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