NC State vs. Georgia State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 8
Game Time: 12:30 ET
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
Network: ACC Network
NC State (1-0) vs. Georgia State (1-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Georgia State Will Win
Yeah, James Madison is a top FCS team, but it’s an FCS team, and NC State struggled to get out alive. There wasn’t much of a ground game, needing Ryan Finley and the passing game to carry the team.
Georgia State’s run defense isn’t anything special, but the defense is just good enough to keep this from getting out of hand.
The key, though, is the play of QB Dan Ellington, who led the team with 77 rushing yards in the win over Kennesaw State, was great through the air with three scoring passes, and needs star receiver Penny Hart to go off.
The NC State defense is solid, but the secondary is the relative weakness. But …
One Reason Why NC State Will Win
Georgia State needed to rally in a big, big way to get by Kennesaw State. Yes, like James Madison, the Owls are strong in the FCS, but it took way too much work to get by.
And yes, Finley is that good.
Potentially the top quarterback taken in next year’s draft, he was able to overcome the lack of a ground game against JMU with 309 yards and two touchdown passes.
With Jakobi Meyers and his 14 catches for 161 yards, Finley has his guy, and Georgia State doesn’t have the defensive backs to do much about it.
The passing game will roll again.
What’s Going To Happen
Finley won’t have to carry the team this time around.
Reggie Gallaspy should go off with a 100-yard game after being held under wraps, with just one decent run and a score. After averaging under three yards per carry, the Wolfpack will get a great push, get out to a good start, and the defense will do the rest.
Be shocked if Georgia State comes up with too much more than 200 yards.
Fearless Prediction & Line
NC State 38, Georgia State 10
Line: NC State -24.5, o/u: 57.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
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