Off three consecutive wins over Western Carolina, Central Florida and Cincinnati, this is going to be a tough encore for NC State. The Wolfpack have experienced all kinds of trouble in this ACC series posting a dismal 2-10 SU and 3-8-1 ATS record in the last 12 meetings with the Yellow Jackets (albeit they haven’t met since 2006) and they catch Tech at home with momentum off their upset victory at UNC last Saturday.
State has been at their worst too on foreign soil coming off a straight up victory notching a dismal 25-40-2 SU and 26-40-1 ATS record. Priced somewhat competitively in this role as a favorite of -9’ to an underdog of +9’, the Yellow Jackets have really struggled posting an ugly 13-25-2 SU and 12-27-1 ATS mark. With those two parameters applied and NC State off two or more straight up wins, this team trend crashes to a stiff 6-15-1 SU and 5-17 ATS!
The Wolfpack defense checks into Atlanta thumping their chest. State has allowed just 15.7 points and 85.3 rushing yards per game this season. Those numbers will change after this contest. The Yellow Jackets are ranked third in the nation in rushing chewing up an average of 345.0 yards per game, they score an average of 32.0 points per game and they’ll provide State with an offensive look they haven’t seen all season long. Check that. An offensive look they haven’t seen in years. This will be NC State head coach Tom O’Brien’s first peek at Paul Johnson’s triple option attack at Tech.
Since dropping a 24-17 decision to Virginia back on October 25th, 2008, Tech has ripped off six consecutive wins inside Bobby Dodd Stadium in ACC play (4-2 ATS). Respect is given to State quarterback Russell Wilson and his athletic abilities. However, it’s going to be tough for Wilson to do any serious damage here when he doesn’t have the football in his hands. The Yellow Jackets offense can grind out yards and points on the ground and keep him off the field. Take Georgia Tech! Thank you and best of luck, Tom Stryker.