Who Will Take Second Loss of Season When NC State Hosts Jackson and No. 17 Louisville?
One ACC team will see its conference championship hopes take a big hit when the North Carolina State Wolfpack host Lamar Jackson and the 17th-ranked Louisville Cardinals in their Week 6 ACC showdown on Thursday night. Now, let’s find out which team that’s going to be!
Louisville Cardinals Vs NC State Wolfpack Spread & Betting Tips
No. 17 Louisville (4-1) at NC State (4-1)
When: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
Stream: Watch ESPN
Odds: Louisville -3.5
Why Bet the NC State Wolfpack Odds at +3.5
NC State has won three straight since dropping its regular-season opener and improved to 4-1 on the season by taking out Syracuse 33-25 on Saturday as quarterback Ryan Finley passed for186 yard and one touchdown while running back Nyheim Hines added 115 rushing yards and another touchdown in the win. Backup running back Jaylen Samuels chipped in 74 rushing yards and another score while the Wolfpack defense limited the Syracuse offense to just 59 rushing yards. For the season, Finley has completed a blistering 71.9 percent of his passes for 1,403 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions.
Why Bet the Louisville Cardinals Odds at -3.5
17th-ranked Louisville pounded Murray State unmercifully in their 55-10 win on Saturday as Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 18 of 26 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns while rushing seven times for an additional 100 yards and another touchdown to help the Cardinals improve to 4-1 on the year. On the year, Jackson has completed 64.0 percent of his passes for 1,636 yards, with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions while also leading Louisville in rushing with 437 yards and five scores on 72 carries.
Louisville Vs NC State Betting Tips
Louisville has won three straight over NC State including last season’s emphatic 54-13 win as a whopping 19-point home favorite and they’re my pick to get past the Wolfpack again, although I do believe it’s going to be a much more difficult task with the way Ryan Finley is throwing the ball this season.
The Cardinals have compiled an incendiary 21-7 ATS mark in their last 28 road games against a team with a winning record while NC State has gone 1-4 ATS in their last five games and 0-5 ATS in their last five home games. NC State is going to find out what most teams have found out over the last season and a half – that stopping the incomparable Lamar Jackson is next to impossible.
Pick: Louisville -3.5