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North Carolina St vs. Louisville: What You Need to Know About the 2011 Belk Bowl

James BrownSenior Analyst IDecember 24, 2011

North Carolina St vs. Louisville: What You Need to Know About the 2011 Belk Bowl

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    The Belk Bowl is just one of the many great bowl games that will highlight the upcoming college football bowl schedule. When North Carolina State and Louisville take to the field in this underrated bowl, there will be plenty of reasons to tune into this event.

    Here are a few things that you need to know about the Belk Bowl.

Point Spread

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    The Vegas point spread on this game opened up with the North Carolina State Wolfpack as slim one-point favorites. That number has moved slightly since the opening and now this game is basically a toss-up.

    Early betting indicates a split decision with 51 percent of the early betting on Louisville. This is a good sign for football fans as it indicates a close game.

Injuries

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    Louisville has already suffered a huge blow in the injury department. Redshirt freshman Michaelee Harris, leads the team in receiving and will not be available for the Belk Bowl. Harris was injured during a practice leading up to this game and will not be available.

    Junior Andrell Smith or sophomore Jarrett Davis will both get a chance to fill in for Harris in this game, but it is yet to be seen what kind of difference it will make on offense for the Cardinals.

    Heading up to kick off it is important to keep an eye on the injury list. An injury can change the entire landscape of the game and this injury to Harris could affect the outcome.

Wolfpack State of Mind

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    North Carolina State has been a difficult to team to gauge this year. At the start of the season, the Wolfpack limped out the game and was 2-3 in the first five games as injuries overwhelmed this team.

    They won three out of four games to end the season to include an impressive win over ranked Clemson and an unbelievable come from behind win against Maryland, basically guaranteeing a bowl game.

    Trying to figure out what team will show up for this bowl game may be something to watch leading up to kick off.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater

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    If you’re looking for a marquee player to watch in this game, look no further than quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater is an exciting athlete that can make amazing plays on the football field.

    He is accurate with his arm, but can also move the ball with his legs. This mobile quarterback is the front runner for the Most Valuable Player award and should be on the radar as a player to watch for the Belk bowl.

    It will be interesting to see if Louisville changes things on offense for Bridgewater without Harris in the lineup.

Angry Birds

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    The Cardinals have one of the better defenses in college football. Head coach Charlie Strong has a defensive background and it reflects on his current defense.

    The Cardinals institute a blitzing defense that has sacked the opposing quarterback 32 times. They also display multiple looks that can easily confuse opposing offenses. The Wolfpack will have to be on their toes if they hope to solve this devastating defense.

    This is just one of the many things to watch in this exciting bowl game.

     James Brown is a B/R Featured Columnist and can be followed on Twitter here. Feel free to contact James at jtsneaks@gmail.com.

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