Free Week 2 Prediction: Catamounts vs Wolfpack Odds
Looking for Western Carolina Catamounts vs. NC State Wolfpack free picks? Week 2 betting sees the Catamounts taking on the Wolfpack Saturday September 7th at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Western Carolina North Carolina week 2 free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-1) Western Carolina Catamounts vs. NC State Wolfpack (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 7th 2019
Time: 12:30 pm EST
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: NC State -42.5
NCAA Betting Total: 65.5
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The Western Carolina Catamounts are coming off a brutal blowout loss against Mercer. Mike Speir’s men will have to be much better than that last performance as the schedule doesn’t get any easier as they now head to Raleigh North Carolina to play the Wolfpack.
The Wolfpack, on the other hand, are coming off a blowout win against ECU and should be riding high on that momentum going into this contest.
Western Carolina Catamounts
It certainly was not all bad for the Catamounts when they played Mercer as their starting QB Tyrie Evans managed to throw for 318 yards and 2 TD’s and only 1 pick. The passing game for the Catamounts actually had 111 yards more than their opposition that day despite the blowout, but the deficiencies really showed themselves in the running game.
Western Carolina only ran for 127 yards with an abysmal 3.3 yards per carry average. Their leading rusher in that match was Syheam McQueen who only got 11 carries, but still managed 67 yards. Given how tough their opponents are on Saturday it is hard to imagine him getting much more than that as they will likely be trailing for the majority of the game.
It would be easy to convince yourself that this defense is not that bad based on some of the statistics, but Mercer really took their foot off the gas in the second half. Mercer had 42 points in the first half, but only 7 in the second half which allowed the Catamounts to make the score a bit more respectable.
NC State Wolfpack
NC state were very comfortable and consistent in their win over ECU and we can likely expect more of the same from this squad in this home spot.
The Wolfpack’s starting QB Matthew Mckay had an excellent performance in that game throwing for over 300 yards and a TD and we should see more of the same as the matchup is easier in this spot.
The rushing game was also strong last time out with 191 total yards and a 6.2 yards per carry. The Wolfpack don;t really have an every down RB and had a lot of success spreading the ball around to multiple backs with no player having more than 10 rushing attempts.
The defense had an excellent game limiting ECU to only 42 rushing yards and only 6 total points and I would look for another excellent outing from this unit against Western Carolina.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Western Carolina is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- North Carolina State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
- North Carolina State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick: NC State ATS
The home team should be covering the spread here as they are superior in every way to the Catamounts.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: NC State by 48
The defensive differences are the biggest point that leads me to this pick as the Wolfpack are way better and should make Western Carolina one dimensional. The Wolfpack should also be motivated to run up the score as they are at home and this is the perfect opportunity for a lot of these guys to pad their stats.
Bet on the NC State Wolfpack ATS and get Saturday off on the right foot.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Western Carolina 14 – North Carolina 62
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