Texas Tech at NC State - 9/17/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

NC State Wolfpack (2-0) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0)

Game Info: Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Carter-Finley Stadium)

Betting Odds: NC State Wolfpack -10.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders and NC State Wolfpack meet Saturday in week 3 college football action at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Texas Tech Red Raiders look for back-to-back 3-0 starts. The NC State Wolfpack look for their first 3-0 start since the 2018 season. 

The Texas Tech Red Raiders have lost 3 of their last 5 road games. Donovan Smith is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 571 yards, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Jerand Bradley and Loic Fouonji have combined for 298 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Nehemiah Martinez I has 7 receptions. The Texas Tech Red Raiders ground game is averaging 126 yards per contest, and Tahj Brooks leads the way with 130 yards and 4 touchdowns. Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing 20 points and 306.5 yards per game. Krishon Merriweather leads the Texas Tech Red Raiders with 15 tackles, Philip Blidi has 2 sacks and Reggie Pearson Jr. has 1 interception.

The NC State Wolfpack haven’t lost a home game since October 2020. Devin Leary is completing 56.9 percent of his passes for 449 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Thayer Thomas and Jordan Houston have combined for 144 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, while Anthony Smith has 2 receptions. The NC State Wolfpack ground game is averaging 175 yards per contest, and Demie Sumo-Karngbaye leads the way with 149 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, NC State is allowing 11.5 points and 266.5 yards per game. Derrek Pitts Jr. leads the NC State Wolfpack with 11 tackles, Tyler Baker-Williams has 1 sack and Shyheim Battle has 1 interception.

The Red Raiders are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games on grass. The Wolfpack are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The under is 7-3 in Red Raiders last 10 road games. The over is 4-1 in Wolfpack last 5 games overall.

I was high on the NC State Wolfpack entering the season, and even said they'd have a chance to win the ACC this season. This is a good football team. With that said, this line is disrespectful toward the Texas Tech Red Raiders, a team that just beat a ranked Houston team and has playmakers on the offensive side. Texas Tech is not a pushover, and it currently has the best passing attack in the country. I'll gladly grab the points here with the road team.

Randy’s Pick Texas Tech Red Raiders +10.5

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