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College Football Betting Preview: Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack
September 29, 2023
Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina will be rocking Friday Night, as the NC State Wolfpack welcome the undefeated Louisville Cardinals for Friday Night Football! Kickoff is slated for 7:00 PM with the road team, the Cardinals, being 3-point favorites.
Both teams enter this game with solid starts to the season with Louisville being undefeated with a record of 4-0 while NC State has only lost one game which came against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Cardinals have started off 2-0 in ACC conference play while the Wolfpack is 1-0 following their conference opener against the Virginia Cavaliers. Will the Cardinals remain undefeated or will the Wolfpack extend their winning streak to three games? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams are performing this season.
The Louisville Cardinals enter this game with a record of 4-0 following a 56-28 win at home against the Boston College Eagles while covering the 14-point spread as a home favorite in week 4 of the college football season. Louisville scored 56 points while compiling a total of 582 total yards offensively which included 388 passing yards and 194 rushing yards while allowing 28 points and 427 total yards defensively which included 295 passing yards and 132 rushing yards. Jack Plummer led the team in passing, completing 18 of 21 attempts for 388 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for two yards and a touchdown. Jawhar Jordan led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns while adding a reception for 75 yards and a touchdown. Ahmari Huggines-Bruce led the team in receiving, catching all three targets for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
NC State enters this game with a record of 3-1 following a 24-21 win on the road against the Virginia Cavaliers while failing to cover the 8.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 4 of the college football season. The Wolfpack scored 24 points while compiling a total of 319 yards offensively which included 180 passing yards and 139 rushing yards while allowing 21 points and 384 total yards defensively which included 271 passing yards and 113 rushing yards. Brennan Armstrong led the team in passing, completing 15 of 30 attempts for 180 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while also leading the team in rushing with 64 yards. Kevin Concepcion led the team in receiving, catching six of ten targets for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
BookMaker has the Louisville Cardinals listed as 3-point favorites on the road against the NC State Wolfpack on Friday night in week 5 of the college football season. Louisville has won six of the last ten and two of the last three matchups in the series while going 2-1 ATS in the last three games. Louisville is 2-2 ATS overall, 2-2 ATS as a favorite, and 1-1 ATS in conference games this season while the NC State Wolfpack are 0-4 ATS overall, 0-2 ATS at home, 0-1 ATS as an underdog, and 0-1 ATS in conference games on the year.
Louisville enters this game with a better record and has been the better team in the series, winning six of the last ten and two of the last three matchups. The Cardinals are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series and have been the better team at covering the spread this season going 2-2 ATS overall while the Wolfpack are 0-4 ATS overall. I look for those trends to continue on Friday night which is why I am taking the Louisville Cardinals -3 on BookMaker in week 5 of the college football season.
Spooky Express Pick: Louisville Cardinals -3
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