Free NCAA Football Prediction: Bulls vs. Wolfpack Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 1
South Florida Bulls (0-0) vs. NC State Wolfpack (0-0)
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Bulls -18 | Wolfpack
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Wolfpack -810 Bulls +615
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 59
Week 1 college football sees the South Florida Bulls and North Carolina State Wolfpack meet at Carter-Finley Stadium.
Each team returns several key names from last season. However, ACC resident NC State maintains higher competitve value than American Athletic Conference drudge USF.
The South Florida Bulls ranked among the worst 2020 FBS offerings, and any positives they present Thursday will surprise.
Meawhile, NC State is expected to cover without issue.
What could go wrong here? Well, a lot in the world of sports. With that back-mind doubt that anything can happen concieved, let’s dive in and further examine each roster.
South Florida Bulls
In 2020 the South Florida Bulls finally bottomed out following their nationally-ranked 2016 campaign. Fortune appeared bright for USF from 2016-18 as the Bulls collected 28 wins, noted bowl bids, and wider notoriety. Last year, however, South Florida remained winless against Group of Five scheduling, and finished 1-8 overall.
The 2020 Bulls allowed 39.9 points per game while returning just 23.1. USF’s lone win came against Citadel. Several names return this autumn from that South Florida group, and 2021 should be better for the Rams, but they still have steep competitive hurdles.
Sophomore Jordan McCloud is again expected behind USF center after tossing nine TD & 1,341 yards last year. Four of McCloud’s top-five recievers return, along with leading rusher Kelly Joiner.
The lone returning USF defensive standouts include Antonio Boyles and Dwayne Grier. Don’t expect much pressure on either end Thursday from South Florida.
NC State Wolfpack
The 2020 NC State Wolfpack rebounded from a 2019 downturn to finish 8-4 and set expectations for another quality run. Led by head coach Dave Doeren, the Wolfpack have finished above .500 six of the past seven years.
Middling on both sides of the ball, the 2020 wolfpack just won games while finishing 7-3 vs. ACC fare. That NC State group added 30.2 ppg and allowed 29.2. Like Thursday’s opponent, veteran Wolfpack players abound and had plenty of offseason improvement opportunities.
Sophomore quarterback Devin Leary remains the focal point of immediate NC State plans. Before suffering season-ending injury in 2020, Leary tosssd 8 TD against 2 INT. With explosive recievers Emeka Emezie and Thayer Thomas back, Leary has serious downfield options. Top rushers Bam Knight and Ricky Pearson Jr. will expand scoring options.
Defensively, NC State brings back nine starters, featuring future NFL linebacker Payton Wilson. Expect Wison, and the Wolfpack’s offensive stars, to shine at home vs. South Florida.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- South Florida is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 in Week 1 games
- The OVER has cashed in 5 of the Bulls last 6 games
- North Carolina State is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
- The UNDER has cashed in 4 of the Wolfpack’s last 5 games
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
The NC State line is a bit low considering USF’s painful 2020 finish.
4* Free Week 1 NCAA Betting Pick:
Look for Wolfpack dominance early and often Thursday. Oddsmakers are fading NC State offense due to last year’s 30 ppg vs. ACC opponents -which was led by a now-transferred backup QB. With Leary cleared, NC State will run up the scoreboard vs. clearly overmatched USF.
Take NC State with the Cover.
Bulls vs. Wolfpack Free Score Prediction: NC State Covers -18
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