This Saturday, there is a college football matchup between the NC State Wolfpack and the West Virginia Mountaineers. These teams will face off at about 12:00 PM. This is game three of the regular season for both teams, which will take place at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Nc State Looks To Remain Undefeated
The NC State Wolfpack entered the 2019 season with expectations of competing for an ACC title once again after putting together a solid 2018 campaign. Last season, NC State went a respectable 9-4 overall and even went 5-3 in conference. However, it failed to win a bowl game as they were routed by Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl by a score of 53-12. Now, NC State is currently undefeated since that game and have beaten its first two opponents by a combined score of 75-6. If NC State plans on winning this game in such a hostile environment, its defense will need to find a way to slow down West Virginia’s uptempo style.
The starting quarterback for the Wolfpack is sophomore Matthew McKay who looked great in the first two games of the regular season. Last week, he threw for 200 yards along with one passing touchdown as he led NC State to an easy 41-0 victory against Western Carolina at home. However, he also has two rushing touchdowns this season so he has the ability to beat opponents with his legs as well. Look for him to showcase that dual-threat ability on Saturday.
So far this season, NC State has been solid on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the Wolfpack rank 22nd in the nation with 505.0 yards per game while also scoring 34.0 points per game which ranks 34th. At the same time, NC State’s defense ranks 4th in the nation in points allowed with 6.0 while also ranking 17th with just 269.0 yards allowed per game.
West Virginia Looks To Bounce Back At Home
The West Virginia Mountaineers entered the 2019 season with expectations of a slight rebuild after losing so many pieces from last season. Last season, West Virginia went 8-4 overall and 6-3 in conference. However, the Mountaineers lost star quarterback Will Grier and head coach Dana Holgorsen so the program was expected to take a massive step back. Now, West Virginia is just 1-1 and got humiliated last week by Missouri. Specifically, West Virginia only scored seven points and lost by 31 points. Without Grier, the Mountaineers look lost offensively and will need to drastically improve if they hope to win this game.
The starting quarterback for the Mountaineers is junior Austin Kendall who has looked terrible in the first two games of the season. Last week, he threw for just 137 yards along with one passing touchdown and two interceptions as his team got blown out by Missouri on the road. His performance was even more disappointing when one factors in his inaccuracy. Specifically, he only completed 60% of his passes and he had a 103.2 QBR. He will need to play a lot better moving forward or he could get benched.
So far this season, West Virginia has been underwhelming on offense. Specifically, the Mountaineers rank 127th in the nation with 233.0 yards per game while also scoring just 13.5 points per game which ranks 123rd. At the same time, West Virginia’s defense ranks 68th in the nation in points allowed with 25.5 while also ranking 63rd with 382.0 yards allowed per game.
- Wolfpack are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Big 12.
- Wolfpack are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss.
- Mountaineers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. ACC.
- Mountaineers are 0-3-2 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.