Syracuse at NC State: 11/20/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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NC State Wolfpack (7-3) vs Syracuse Orange (5-5)
Game Info: Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Carter-Finley Stadium)
Betting Odds: NC State Wolfpack -11 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Syracuse Orange will travel to Carter-Finley Stadium to take on the 20th ranked NC State Wolfpack this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Syracuse Orange had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-5 on the season after being defeated by the Louisville Cardinals, 41-3, this past Saturday. Syracuse had no answers on either end of the field for the Cardinals and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 35-3 margin. Syracuse was outgained by Louisville by a 382-184 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Orange was RB Sean Tucker who had 95 rushing yards on 19 carries.
On the season, Syracuse is averaging 26.8 ppg on 392.0 total yards per game (155.3 passing yds/g; 236.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Syracuse has been led by RB Sean Tucker who has rushed for 1362 yards & 11 TD on 220 carries while also hauling in 17 receptions for 239 yards & 2 TD. QB Garrett Shrader has completed 51.6% of his passes for 1165 yards, 7 TD, & 3 INT while also rushing for 713 yards & 13 TD on 140 carries. The leading receivers for the Orange have been Courtney Jackson (29 rec, 297 yards, TD), Damien Alford (11 rec, 224 yards, 2 TD), & Anthony Queeley (14 rec, 192 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Syracuse is holding their opponents to an average of 24.4 ppg on 323.2 total yards per game (193.9 passing yds/g; 129.3 rushing yds/g).
The 20th ranked NC State Wolfpack had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-3 on the season after being defeated by the 12th ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 45-42, this past Saturday. NC State trailed by a 24-20 margin at halftime and could not fight back after a 4-yard TD run by the Demon Deacons Justice Ellison gave Wake Forest a 10-point lead with just 1:47 left in the 4th quarter. NC State outgained Wake Forest by a 482-406 margin however, committed three turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Wolfpack was QB Devin Leary who completed 27 of 59 passes for 408 yards, 4 TD & 2 INT.
On the season, NC State is averaging 32.2 ppg on 421.6 total yards per game (291.1 passing yds/g; 130.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, NC State has been led by QB Devin Leary who has completed 65.5% of his passes for 2883 yards, 29 TD, & 5 INT while also rushing for 2 TD. The top receiving threats for the Wolfpack have been Emeka Emezie (54 rec, 683 yards, 4 TD), Devin Carter (30 rec, 498 yards, 6 TD), & Thayer Thomas (43 rec, 468 yards, 6 TD). Leading the way for the NC State backfield has been the backfield duo of Zonovan Knight (123 att, 647 yards, 3 TD) & Ricky Person Jr. (112 att, 523 yards, 4 TD).
Defensively, NC State is holding their opponents to an average of 18.9 ppg on 329.9 total yards per game (227.8 passing yds/g; 102.1 rushing yds/g).
The Orange are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Wolfpack are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 conference games.
Syracuse was overmatched by Louisville last week and although it’s not shocking to see the Orange offense struggled, it was a bit concerning to see the defense give up 41 points. NC State is 5-0 at home this season and as I think NC State’s 10th ranked rushing defense is going to give the Orange trouble on the road, I think NC State does more than enough in this one to cover this double-digit spread. Good Luck!