NC State draws Connecticut at home before heading to No. 5 Clemson. NC State is a 39-point favorite, which sort of defines the competitive nature of this game.
The 12th-ranked Wolfpack remains undefeated, beating Texas Tech 27-14 in their last game. For the Huskies, it was a dreadful performance, getting waxed at No. 4 Michigan, 59-0.
UConn’s program before this season was struggling mightily, with just 11 wins since 2016. New coach Jim Mora is looking to turn things around, but the play on the field has not improved.
The last two games have seen the Huskies surrender 107 points (Syracuse and Michigan), while the offense managed just 14. Other than their 28-3 victory over FCS Central Connecticut State, there’s nothing that’s gone right.
Running back Nate Carter has been the leader of the offense (405 yards, 6.2 yards per carry, one touchdown). He will miss this game due to injury, however.
Defensively, Jackson Mitchell leads with 49 tackles.
Outside of these two players, Connecticut hasn’t been able to do much, averaging 105 passing yards per game. The defense hasn’t been able to stop anyone (429.8 yards per game).
After a rocky start, No. 12 NC State has recovered, led by its defense. In Week 1, the Wolfpack beat East Carolina, 21-20. ECU missed an extra point with three less than minutes left.
The Wolfpack’s defense struggled noticeably, having surrendered 383 yards. The next week, against Charleston Southern, a 55-3 victory and a better effort on defense. Against Texas Tech, the defense allowed 353 yards, but forced four turnovers and held the Red Raiders to 2-of-20 on third down.
Quarterback Devin Leary has not improved after an impressive junior season, completions dropping (65.7% to 59.3%), 570 yards (five touchdowns, one interception). He had just 121 passing yards (23 attempts) last week.
The running back duo of Demie Sumo and Jordan Houston has been solid, with Sumo the standout. He has two more carries than Houston, but 65 more yards. They’ve both played a role in the passing game, tied for second in receptions with six.
Connecticut vs NC State Injury Report
UConn’s injury report has quarterback Ta’Quan Roberson and running back Brian Brewton both out with season-ending injuries. Running back Carter will miss the game (injured shoulder), while wide receiver Nigel Fitzgerald is questionable.
NC State only lists tight end Trent Pennix (arm) on the injury report..
Connecticut vs NC State Head-to-Head
UConn and NC State have played twice, in 2003 and 2012. The Wolfpack came out on top in both games, winning 10-7 in the latest one.
Connecticut vs NC State Game Information
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 24th
- Time: 7:30 pm ET
- Location: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
- Connecticut vs NC State Live Stream: ESPN
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Connecticut vs NC State Betting Lines
Connecticut vs NC State Prediction
While 39 points is a massive spread on the game, UConn has been bad so recently, so likely NC State covers the number. The Huskies only managed two touchdowns over the last two weeks, and with Carter set to miss the game, it could be worse yet. The defense hasn’t been much better, as they have been getting gashed to the tune of 450 yards in every loss.
The Wolfpack offense hasn’t been impressive. They will look to get right before a more formidable opponent in Clemson.
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