GA State Panthers (1-0) vs NC State Wolfpack (1-0)Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 12:30 pm EST
Location : Carter Finley stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
GA State Panthers vs NC State Wolfpack
The Georgia State Panthers will travel to Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina to battle the Wolfpack of NC State on 9-8-2018 in week 2 college football action. NC State would pull out a 24-13 home victory over the James Madison Dukes last Saturday as they would not cash in on the spread as -13-point favorites while the under was the play with the total being set at 57.5 points for the game. The Panthers would also pick up a win in week 1 as they were 24-20 home winners over Kennesaw State as they were also able to cover the slim spread (-2.5) while the over of 43 was surpassed during the contest as well. There are no previous meetings between these two squads, however, both will be coming in with much confidence and momentum, thus making this game an intriguing matchup to watch.
GA State Panthers's Latest Performance :
The Panthers would also creep by their week 1 opponent in Kennesaw State as they would rack up 187 yards passing along with 130 yards on the ground for a total of 21 first downs. Dan Ellington was 20 of 28 for the game with 187 yards along with 3 scores for the home team while also rushing 18 times for 77 yards in the win. Christian Owens (6 rec, 70 yds, TD) along with Penny Hart (5 rec, 40 yds, TD) and Diondre Champaigne (1 rec, 8 yds, TD) would lead the receiving corps in this contest. The defense, on the other hand, would give up 201 yards passing along with 183 yards rushing for 19 first downs to their opponent in week 1. Ed Curney and Remy Rasmus would have 6 tackles each for the defense to lead the defensive unit while Terry Thomas would have 4 stops ion the day. Javonte Lain would have a sack in the contest for the Panthers as well.
NC State Wolfpack 's Latest Performance :
The Wolfpack offense would rack up 309 passing yards along with 83 yards on the ground with 25 total first downs in their win over James Madison on last Saturday. Ryan Finley would go 29 of 43 for 309 yard and 2 TD’s in the win while Reggie Gallaspy would have 17 rushes for 68 yards and a score to lead the rushing attack. Jakobi Myers was the star for the receiving corps as he would have 14 catches for 161 yards while Emeka Emezie would have 5 catches for 60 yards. CJ Riley would have 4 receptions for 45 yards and an TD as well for the Wolfpack in the win. The Defense would allow 202 passing yards and 163 yards rushing to JMU while also allowing them to pick up 23 first downs for the game. Germain Pratt would have 6 tackles to lead the defense while Isiah Moore would also have 6 stops with 4 assists. Ibriham Kante would have 2 sacks for the unit in the win while Jarius Moorehead would also have 4 tackles for NC State.
How GA State Panthers & NC State Wolfpack Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
NC State is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 0-1
Georgia State is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 1-0
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Georgia State Panthers +24.5
My reason for the pick :
NC State did not look good at all versus James Madison opening week, and I am sure that they will attempt to make amends in this matchup against the Panthers, particularly as it relates to shoring up the run defense. The problem is that the Panthers have a duel threat QB in Ellington that had a great game against KSU that will certainly look to carry his momentum into this contest against a Wolfpack defense that had problems stopping the run all day against the Dukes. With that being said, I will not be backing NC State to cover this big of a spread in week 2 against the Panthers in that I feel that their defense may be a bit susceptible to giving up yardage on the ground, something the Panthers are seemingly built to do.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 52
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in 4 of the last 5 games for the Wolfpack while it has also been the result in the last 4 games for the Panthers. Expect both running games to be clicking in this matchup, thus allowing both teams to eat up some clock. I expect there to be some scores in this matchup, yet, it will also be a hugely competitive game versus two teams that will go back and forth in possession while total points will remain low throughout due to the offenses’ inability to score touchdowns.
Betting trends for GA State Panthers:
- The Panthers are 5-2 in last 7 games
- The Panthers are 5-2 ATS in last 7 road games
- The Panthers are 1-5 ATS in last 6 games
Betting trends for NC State Wolfpack :
- The Wolfpack are 4-1 in last 5 games
- The wolfpack are 5-3-1 ATS in last 9 games
- The Wolfpack are 5-1 in last 6 home games