Louisville vs. NC State Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

Louisville vs. NC State Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

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Louisville vs. NC State Fearless Prediction, Game Preview


Louisville vs. NC State fearless prediction and game preview.

Louisville vs. NC State Broadcast

Date: Saturday, November 16
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
Network: ACC Network

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Louisville (5-4) vs. NC State (4-5) Game Preview

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Why Louisville Will Win

A bowl game is right there for the taking.

After all of the issues and all of the problems of last year, the Cardinals have three more shots – after losing last week at Miami – to get that sixth win. Syracuse should be the backstop next week, but NC State is there to take down.

This isn’t the Wolfpack team of recent seasons. There’s no consistent offense, the passing game isn’t working, and the D isn’t coming up with enough big plays. State is dead last in the nation in takeaways with just five.

On the other side, Micale Cunningham is turning it loose. The Cardinals got rocked by Clemson and Miami over the last few weeks, but he’s averaging close to 12 yards per pass for an offense that’s always pushing and always attacking. NC State’s secondary has allowed 295 yards or more in five of the lat six games.

The Cardinal offense is humming, but …

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Why NC State Will Win

The offensive line is going to be in for a long day.

For all of NC State’s problems, its pass rush continues to be incredible and it’s able to camp out in opposing backfields on a regular basis.

Louisville is dead last in the ACC in tackles for loss allowed, getting jumped on by the ACC defenses that can crank up the consistent pressure. State isn’t forcing takeaways off of all the plays behind the line, but it’ll be annoying enough to bother Cunningham and stall the Cardinal ground game.

Offensively, this has to be the game for freshman QB Devin Leary to break out a bit. He hasn’t been accurate, he’s been struggling to keep up the pace, and the O has gone nowhere so far, but the Louisville pass defense gives up plays in chunks. The Pack have to keep pushing the ball down the field and take its shots.

What’s Going To Happen

The Louisville offense will be too much for the Pack.

The State offense simply isn’t working well enough without any one thing it can rely on, but it’s still going to move the ball a bit to keep up in what will be an interesting game for both sides.

The Cardinals will get the big scoring drive in a few key spots in the second half, and NC State won’t.

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Louisville vs. NC State Prediction, Line

Louisville 31, NC State 24
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Louisville -3.5, o/u: 55.5
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
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