South Carolina vs. NC State Early June Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the South Carolina vs. NC State fearless prediction and game preview … for early June
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2nd
Game Time: 3:00 pm ET
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Welcome to the first look and picks for the opening week games of the 2017 college football season. These quick thoughts are being done in early June, with the real Fearless Prediction and expanded breakdown coming in August.
Early June First Thought: What’s Going To Happen?
Be honest. You couldn’t wait to see a rematch of the 7-3 South Carolina win over NC State in the 2009 season opener.
Or maybe you loved the subtle nuances of the 34-0 Gamecock win to kick things off in 2008, or were a glutton for mediocre games between the two programs since a 23-22 NC State thriller in 1986.
But this time around, this should be terrific and should be telling, with the Wolfpack – with a win – likely to be 3-0 before going to Florida State, while USC follows this up with the SEC kickoff at Missouri.
State might not be quite good enough to win an Atlantic division with Clemson, Florida State and Louisville, but it’ll be a pain in the butt for any and all of them on the right days.
The Wolfpack defensive line might be the best South Carolina has to face all year long – running on this front seven will be a disaster. Considering the USC passing attack isn’t going to be anything stellar – Jake Bentley and all – scoring will be a problem.
But the Gamecock D will be nasty, too. While the line might need a game or three to be ready to rock, the linebackers are good, the secondary potentially great, and the offense really should be better, too.
South Carolina will be better in Year Two under Will Muschamp, but this will be the NC State coming out party. The two defenses will dominate, and State’s will be stronger.
South Carolina vs. NC State Early June Prediction
NC State 23, South Carolina 17
Early June Line
NC State -5
ATS Confidence: 2
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