NC State Wolfpack
(8-3, 9-2 ATS)
(7-4, 7-4 ATS)
The NC State Wolfpack are just one more win away from going to the ACC Championship Game for the first time in team history. The only thing standing between them and glory in the ACC Atlantic Division is an NCAA football betting tussle with the Maryland Terrapins in College Park.
NC State wasn’t very impressive on the road this season, as that is where they lost one of their ACC games and was where they were dropped by the East Carolina Pirates as well. The Wolfpack have to realize just how lucky they are to be at this point, as they just as easily could have lost to the Florida State Seminoles back in late October. However, they have to slam the door shut here to make it to the ACC Championship Game, as a loss would probably knock them quite a ways down on the bowl ladder in the ACC. Offensively, we know that HC Tom O’Brien has himself a heck of a team. QB Russell Wilson is leading the country’s No. 17 rated passing attack at 279.2 yards per game, and he’ll get to the 3,000 yard barrier with just 23 passing yards. The defense has played well to boot, averaging 21.1 points per game against on the year. This unit wasn’t great last week in a 29-25 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels, but it needs to step up and produce at least that much production to take care of the Terps in College Park.
The Terrapins needed to beat both the Noles and the Wolfpack to win the ACC Atlantic Division, but they weren’t able to get the job done last week. Still, HC Ralph Friedgen and his squad have their heads held high after last year’s dismal showing. Maryland is going bowling, but just like NC State, it would love to start the ascent on the bowl ladder to get as close to a New Year’s Day game as possible. Though this offense struggles to move the ball at times, it has done the job getting points on the board. QB Danny O’Brien has thrown for 17 TDs, while the combination of RBs Davin Meggett, Da’Rel Scott, and DJ Adams has rushed for 13 scores. WR Torrey Smith is having a great season as well, and he has a great chance to become a 1,000 yard receiver after Maryland’s bowl game. The Terrapins’ top man has 51 catches, 821 yards, and eight TDs. There have been some iffy defensive showings along the way as well, but when push comes to shove, this is a unit that you do not want to mess with. Maryland is averaging 345.7 yards per game allowed and is only conceding 21.5 points per game.
NC State has already lost to one Conference USA team this year and nearly lost to another against the UCF Knights. This seems like a team full of escape artists right now, and teams like this just don’t win conference crowns. We’ll back the Terps at home and take the points given to us.
College Football Free Pick: Maryland Terrapins +1.5