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College Football Betting Preview: North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. Virginia Cavaliers

September 22, 2023


This matchup features a pair of ACC teams when the NC State Wolfpack travel to take on the Virginia Cavaliers on Friday in week 4 of the college football season. 

The NC State Wolfpack enter this game with a record of 2-1 following wins on the road against the UConn Huskies by a score of 24-14 and at home against the VMI Keydets by a score of 45-7 while losing at home to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by a score of 24-45 while the Virginia Cavaliers enter this game with a record of 0-3 following losses on the road against the Tennessee Volunteers by a score of 13-49 and the Maryland Terrapins by a score of 14-42 while losing at home against the James Madison Dukes by a score of 35-36. 

Will the Virginia Cavaliers get their first win of the season or will the NC State Wolfpack get the win on the road? Let’s take a deeper dive into how these teams are performing this season.

The NC State Wolfpack enter this game with a record of 2-1 following a 45-7 win at home against the VMI Keydets at home in week 3 of the college football season. NC State scored 45 points while compiling 498 total yards offensively which included 264 passing yards and 234 rushing yards while allowing 7 points and 191 total yards defensively which included 176 passing yards and 15 rushing yards. Brennan Armstrong led the team in passing, completing 27 of 32 attempts for 264 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 39 yards. Kendrick Raphael led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 85 yards. Julian Gray led the team in receiving, catching both targets for 80 yards.

Virginia enters this game with a record of 0-3 following a 14-42 loss on the road against the Maryland Terrapins while failing to cover the 16.5-point spread as a road underdog in week 3 of the college football season. The Cavaliers scored 14 points while compiling 354 total yards offensively which included 263 passing yards and 91 rushing yards while allowing 42 points and 461 total yards defensively which included 342 passing yards and 119 rushing yards. Anthony Colandrea led the team in passing, completing 23 of 39 attempts for 263 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions while rushing for 19 yards. Perris Jones led the team in rushing with nine carries for 37 yards and a touchdown. Malik Washington led the team in receiving, catching nine of 13 targets for 141 yards.

BookMaker has the NC State Wolfpack listed as 10.5-point favorites on the road against the Virginia Cavaliers on Friday in week 4 of the college football season. NC State has won six of the last ten and two of the last three games while going 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. NC State is 0-3 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS on the road, and 0-2 ATS as a favorite this season while the Virginia Cavaliers are 1-2 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS at home, and 1-2 ATS as an underdog this season.

NC State is the better team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning six of the last ten and two of the last three games. The Wolfpack are 6-4 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. 

I look for those trends to continue which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the NC State Wolfpack -10 on the road against the Virginia Cavaliers in week 4 of the college football season on BookMaker.

Spooky Express Pick: NC State Wolfpack -10