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NC State At Louisville College Football Winning Favorites

Written by on October 19, 2016

The road to a National Championship I seldom one that is traveled without some sort of obstacle along the way. Right now, the Louisville Cardinals are sitting outside the top 4 looking in, but winning out might well be enough to get them into the playoff picture. Their obstacle may very well have come last week when they faced a very stubborn Duke Blue Devils team in a game that was expected to be easy. The Cardinals ended up coming away with a 24-14 victory, and all that fans of the team can really ask is that they continue to find a way to win. This weekend should be another victory for Louisville, but you can bet that they will not be taking the NC State Wolfpack for granted. After all, this is a team that took Clemson to OT last week, and who had a chance to ice the game late before it even got to that point. The Wolfpack are a good team, and there are sure to be a lot of people who look at that 19-point online betting spread in favor of the Cardinals as being a little high.

A Closer Look At The Wolfpack At Cardinals College Football Winning Favorites

When: Saturday, October 22 at 12 PM ESTWhere: Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, LouisvilleTV: ABCLive Stream: ABC Live StreamNCAAF Odds: TBA 

Why bet on the NC State Wolfpack

In football, kickers are very often considered to be way down the totem pole in terms of importance, but those are the guys that can win or lose games for you. The perfect example of that is Kyle Bambard of NC State Wolfpack, as he went just 1 for 4 last week against the Clemson Tigers. If he makes the kick in the dying moments of the game, we are probably sitting here talking about an epic upset as opposed to a heartbreaking loss. The kicking game aside, the Wolfpack gave Clemson all they could handle on offense, as well as on defense. How often do you see DeShaun Watson tossing a pick 6? If NC State can play up to the level of their performance last week, they can hang around in this one.

Why bet on the Louisville Cardinals

You have to wonder at what point all of the Heisman talk surrounding Lamar Jackson is going to become a distraction. I fairness to the young man, he has handled it all brilliantly, and has continued to let his play on the field do all the talking. It was his short TD run against Duke last week that put that game away, and it is his arm and ability to run the ball that help make Louisville such a nightmare to defend against. Louisville last welcomed NC State to Papa John’s Stadium in 2014 in a game that they won 30-18. Things were even closer last year, with a TD separating these two, so you know that Louisville will not be looking beyond this weekend.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I have to admit to being a little surprised to see the spread put in at 19 points, especially when you take into account how close the previous meetings have been, and how well NC State performed against Clemson. I like Louisville to get the win, but like the Wolfpack to cover.

NC State Wolfpack 23 Louisville Cardinals 35