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Saturday, October 22, the NC State Wolfpack (4-2) take on the Louisville Cardinals (5-1). The game will be played at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, KY. Read on for our NC State vs. Louisville and preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Louisville wins the matchup between the two teams 90.8% of the time. The spread suggests that the Cardinals are favored to win the contest.
Spread: Louisville -21
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
NC State vs. Louisville preview:
NC State is coming off of their best game of the season. Although they lost the game, the Wolfpack nearly upset No. 3 Clemson, and probably should have won that game. With a chance to win in the final seconds, NC State's kicker, Kyle Bambard, missed what would have been a walk-off field goal. Instead, the Wolfpack lost 24-17 in overtime after Clemson scored a touchdown on its first possession and NC State failed to get into the end zone.
Louisville is one of the best teams in the country, and had it not been for a 42-36 loss to Clemson, the Cardinals would be college football playoff bound through the first 8 weeks of the season. As it stands now, the Cardinals are 5-1 on the season, and need a little help to get a spot in the playoff.
NC State and Louisville have played six times in history, with the Cardinals owning a 5-1 advantage.
NC State vs. Louisville prediction:
Louisville is averaging 52.3 points per game on offense behind Heisman frontrunner Lamar Jackson. The Cardinals average over 300 yards rushing and 300 yards passing per game, and boast on of the best defenses in the country.
That being said, Clemson was a huge favorite against NC State and yet the Wolfpack nearly pulled off the upset.
However, Jackson and company are too good offensively for the Wolfpack to keep up.