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#113 North Carolina State University Wolfpack -7 vs.
#114 West Virginia University Mountaineers 51
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 12:00pm EDT
Mountaineer Field, Morgantown
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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.

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Even though West Virginia is at home, NC State is the much better team and I expect it to show on Saturday. NC State is undefeated and is clicking on both sides of the ball while West Virginia’s offense almost got shutout last week against an average at best Missouri defense. I expect NC State to take care of business on the road as a result and I think that the Wolfpack should win by double digits. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: NC State -7

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Simply put, West Virginia’s offense has looked awful so far this season and I expect it to struggle scoring more than 14 points in this game. NC State has a top-10 scoring defense at this point in the season so I can see it playing really well once again on Saturday. Therefore, I think that NC State will need to score at least 34 points in this game for the game to go over the total. I think this game will end somewhere in the realm of 31-10 so I will lean to the under.

Prediction: Under 48
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