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#111 NC State -2.5 vs.
#112 Georgia Tech 47
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 8:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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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 Alive

NC 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.

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 Win

Geoff 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.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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Even though both teams have been extremely underwhelming, NC State has still been the better team and it still has something to play for in this game. Georgia Tech no longer has any hope of making a bowl game but NC State still does so I expect the Wolfpack to put together a solid effort for 60 minutes in this game. NC State also has the better offense and defense so I do not see one area that Georgia Tech actually has an advantage in this game. Give me the road team to cover this spread and to even win the game outright.

Prediction: NC State +2

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With both defenses, I have to take the over. NC State and Georgia Tech both rank in the bottom-half of the NCAA in terms of points allowed per game so I think this total is just too low. Plus, NC State's offense has looked decent with Leary at quarterback so I think that the Wolfpack should be able to put up at least 28 points in this game. At the same time, Georgia Tech should play with some extra energy in this rare night game at home so I think it should be able to score at least 20 points as well. Give me the over.

Prediction: Over 47.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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Despite the hostile environment, Georgia Tech is just the significantly inferior team in this matchup and I think that it will show on Thursday. NC State needs to win this game in order to keep its bowl game hopes alive and I think that the Wolfpack will come out with a purpose in the first half while trying to get an early lead on the road. This half should be close but I think that the Wolfpack will be able to get a lead after 30 minutes. Give me the road team.

Prediction: NC State 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.