Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Saturday, October 30, 2021
Venue: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
Where to Watch: ACC Network
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Louisville +7, NC State -7; Over/Under: 57 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Louisville +6.5, NC State -6.5; Over/Under: 56 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Louisville +6.5, NC State -6.5; Over/Under: 57 points
Louisville Cardinals: 4-3 (4th place, ACC Atlantic)
NC State Wolfpack: 5-2 (2nd place, ACC Atlantic)
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Louisville Cardinals vs NC State Wolfpack Preview and Analysis
Louisville Cardinals: won at home on Oct. 23 against the Boston College Eagles 28-14.
NC State Wolfpack: lost on the road on Oct. 23 against the Miami Hurricanes 31-30.
Louisville Cardinals Analysis
Louisville is coming into this game with a 4-3 record overall and they are 1-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. This will be their 5th conference matchup of the year and they are not in a good spot right now with a 2-2 record in their conference games this season. Their 2 losses came against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Virginia Cavaliers while their 2 losses came against the Florida State Seminoles and against Boston College in their last game. They pulled away in the second quarter of their last game and never looked back after that, going on to win that game comfortably. Malik Cunningham struggled a lot in that game as he completed 9/17 passes for 107 yards and 2 interceptions. He did have a good game on the ground though leading his team in rushing with 133 yards and 3 touchdowns on 16 carries. Trevion Cooley also had a nice day on the ground with 112 yards on 13 carries while Jalen Mitchell scored the other touchdown on 11 carries for 67 yards. Marshon Ford led the team in receiving with 48 yards on 3 receptions in what was a very quiet day for the receiving corps. Qwynnterrio Cole led the defense in that game with 7 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. Yasir Abdullah and Ryheem Craig both led the defense in sacks with 1 each while Josh Minkins and Trey Franklin both came away with 1 interception each in that one. They have scored 222 points in their 7 games this season averaging 31.7 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 189 points against them allowing 27 PPG. Their offense is averaging 450.9 YPG while their defense is allowing 423.7 YPG.
NC State Wolfpack Analysis
NC State is coming into this game with a 5-2 record overall and they are 4-0 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 4th conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are in a good position right now with a 2-1 record in their conference games this season. Their 2 wins came against the Clemson Tigers and the Boston College Eagles while their 1 loss came against Miami in their last game. That was a very close game that went back and forth all night but eventually came down to whoever had the ball last and it happened to be Miami as they won the game on a walk-off field goal. Devin Leary played well in that game as he completed 24/42 passes for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ricky Person Jr. led the team in rushing with 54 yards on 9 carries but they did not really have much of a run game in that one. Wmeka Emezie led the receivers with 75 yards on 3 receptions while Thayer Thomas was right behind him with 71 yards and 2 touchdowns on 7 receptions. Drake Thomas led the defense in that game with 7 solo tackles and 2 assisted ones. He also led the defense in sacks with 2 in that game while no one on the defense was able to come away with an interception in that one. They have scored 224 points in their 7 games this season averaging 32 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 117 points against them allowing 16.7 PPG. Their offense is averaging 424.7 YPG while their defense is allowing 312.7 YPG.
Louisville vs NC State Prediction
Louisville is coming into this game as a 7 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Louisville have looked good this season and although they are 2-2 in their conference this year, they have played some pretty close games. In the games that they lost, they only lost both of those by less than 3 points. NC State has actually struggled in their recent games with 3 of their last 4 games being within 7 points, and they even lost in their last game as a favorite. The best bet to place in this game is on Louisville to cover the spread as they are not a bad team and they will keep this game close.
Louisville NC State Prediction: Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, October 30, 2021 (7:30 pm ET start time) is NC State 34 Louisville 31.
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NCAAF Betting Trends
Louisville Cardinals: 29-27 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points. 40-31 ATS as a road underdog. 82-70 ATS in road games. 61-50 O/U in road games. 77-71 O/U against conference opponents.
NC State Wolfpack: 31-35 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points. 163-172 ATS in all games. 80-96 ATS as a favorite. 53-57 ATS as a home favorite. 108-121 ATS against conference opponents.
Louisville Cardinals: B. Smith (WR) out for season - Knee injury. M. Montgomery (LB) out for season - Knee injury. S. Werts (WR) Out indefinitely - Lower Body injury.
NC State Wolfpack: I. Moore (LB) out for season - Knee injury. C. Zavala (OL) out for season - Undisclosed injury. P. Wilson (LB) out for season - Shoulder injury.
"I wouldn't have the stats I have if it weren't for the running backs and receivers blocking down field. God has blessed me with the athletic ability that I have." - Malik Cunningham on why he can put up such good stats in each game.
"Obviously, we're very emotional, disappointed. Gotta give Miami credit. We didn't make the plays we needed to make that we've been making and we helped them at some key moments." - Dave Doeren on his team’s loss to Miami in their last game.
WR Marshall, Justin
WR Jordan Watkins
WR Johnson, Josh
TE Melton, Dez
HB Marshon Ford
QB Cunningham, Malik
RB Jalen Mitchell
NC State Wolfpack
WR Carter, Devin
WR Emezie, Emeka
WR Thomas, Thayer
TE Parham, Dylan
HB Pennix, Trent
QB Leary, Devin
RB Knight, Zonovan
Passing: M. Cunningham (1684)
Rushing: M. Cunningham (480)
Receiving: M. Ford (313)
Touchdowns: M. Cunningham (13):
NC State Wolfpack
Passing: D. Leary (1844)
Rushing: Z. Knight (519)
Receiving: E. Emezie (452)
Touchdowns: T. Thomas (6)
Louisville Cardinals: Scott Satterfield (3rd season)
NC State Wolfpack: Dave Doeren (9th season)