Week 13 of college football continues as NC State travels to Bobby Dodd Stadium to play against Georgia Tech on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8:00 P.M. This will be the 30th meeting between these two teams. These two teams have not met since 2014 when the Yellow Jackets beat the Wolfpack on the road by the score of 56-23.
Nc State Looks To Keep Bowl Game Hopes AliveNC State enters this game with an underwhelming 4-6 record as it lost to Louisville on the road last week by 14 points. That loss means that NC State is now in serious danger of missing a bowl game as it is currently on a four-game losing streak. Now, NC State has to win each of its remaining two games against Georgia Tech and North Carolina in order to qualify for bowl game. Although that is still doable, NC State has looked abysmal in conference play up to this point as all five conference losses have come by at least 18 points. Now, the Wolfpack will look to save their season with a road victory in conference play on a short week.
NC State's offense is led by freshman quarterback Devin Leary who has been pretty good in limited action this season. He has 894 passing yards along with six passing touchdowns. Leary did not start the season off as the starter but took over the starting job about a month ago with the hopes that he could provide a spark to the Wolfpack's offense. Leary has done that despite the lack of improvements in terms of record and he will look to continue playing well on Thursday.
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Defensively, NC State has been decent up to this point. The Wolfpack are allowing 29.2 points per game which ranks 79th in the nation. In addition, the Wolfpack are allowing 377.2 yards per game which ranks 53rd in the nation. Now, NC State enters this game with a serious amount of desperation which the coaching staff hopes will lead to a better defensive showing in this game.
Georgia Tech Looks For Rare Conference WinGeoff Collins has the Yellow Jackets in terrible form headed into this game. Georgia Tech has lost eight of its first ten games this season as it has already been eliminated from bowl contention several weeks ago. In addition, Georgia Tech has gotten humiliated in conference play as it has just one conference win in six attempts. Now, Georgia Tech will look for its second ACC win of the year against another struggling team in conference with the home crowd behind it at Bobby Dodd Stadium. If the Yellow Jackets plan on improving, its offense has to play better as it has yet to score more than 28 points in a single game up to this point.
Leading the Yellow Jackets offensively is sophomore running back Jordan Mason who has been solid this season. Through ten games, Mason already has 721 rushing yards along with seven rushing touchdowns. However, he has made little to no impact in the passing game with just 43 receiving yards so he is just a two-down back for the most part. If Georgia Tech plans on winning this game, Mason will need to get into the endzone at least once.
Defensively, Georgia Tech has been awful up to this point in the season. The Yellow Jackets are allowing 31.1 points per game which ranks 93rd in the nation. In addition, the Yellow Jackets are allowing 411.8 yards per game which ranks 79th in the nation. Now, Georgia Tech will be looking for a much improved defensive performance in its final conference game of the season.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Wolfpack are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Wolfpack are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
- Yellow Jackets are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Yellow Jackets are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.