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North Carolina State vs East Carolina Predictions, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks

In-State Rivals Clash

The North Carolina State Wolfpack begin one of the more anticipated seasons in the history of their football program when they visit the East Carolina Pirates on Saturday afternoon in an in-state battle.

They’re a double-digit favorite on the college football odds at East Carolina. Anything short of a decisive win will deflate some of the optimism the Wolfpack is feeling in terms of contending in the ACC.

North Carolina State vs East Carolina Predictions, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks
North Carolina State vs East Carolina

In terms of college football picks in this all-Carolina showdown, what’s the best bet online?

Let’s check the latest NCAAF Picks, stats, injury reports, and NCAAF odds for North Carolina State vs East Carolina. We’ve plenty of NCAAF predictions.

North Carolina State Wolfpack

The North Carolina State roster has a veteran quarterback in Devin Leary, who is expected to be very good.

Leary has missed some games in previous seasons with injuries, and the difference between an N.C. State team with and without him was substantial. Leary is certainly a very important player for this team.

However, if there is a supreme key to this team in 2022, it is the defense and, more precisely, the linebacker group. The Wolfpack’s linebackers are arguably the best in the country, certainly in the top tier of the sport.

Payton Wilson, Isaiah Moore and Drake Thomas are all highly regarded. Wilson was injured last season, so he is fully healthy and physically fresh for the 2022 season. He should be able to fit into the defensive scheme very neatly and comfortably.

This linebacker group should work well together and deliver a lot of big plays. If that defense can max out and set up the offense with short fields, this season can become very special for the Wolfpack.

East Carolina Pirates

The East Carolina Pirates have one of the most experienced quarterbacks in college football. Holton Ahlers has been the starting quarterback at ECU in each of the previous two seasons. Few quarterbacks in college football have more familiarity and comfort within a specific system.

The Pirates hope that experience pays off in an early-season game, especially when so many other faces on the roster are new.

One very notable fact about the 2021 ECU team is, that for the first time since 2015, the defense gave up an average of fewer than six yards per play.

That’s not a spectacular achievement. Giving up over five yards a play isn’t great. Yet, reducing that average to under six yards made a real difference.

The Pirates qualified for a bowl game. That bowl was cancelled due to COVID-19 complications, but making a bowl game rates as a successful season for the Pirates.

Reducing the yards allowed per play was a central factor. The defense has to maintain or improve that standard of performance in 2022.

North Carolina State vs East Carolina Injury Report

North Carolina State receiver Chris Toudle is probable with a shoulder injury.

East Carolina receiver C.J. Johnson has been suspended for this game. ECU does not have any injuries.

North Carolina State vs East Carolina Head-to-Head

The two teams last played in 2019. North Carolina State won 34-6.

North Carolina State vs East Carolina Game Information

  • Game: North Carolina State vs East Carolina
  • Location: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC
  • Day/Time: Saturday, Sept. 3, Noon ET
  • North Carolina State vs East Carolina Live Stream: ESPN

North Carolina State vs East Carolina Betting Lines

North Carolina State vs East Carolina Prediction

The North Carolina State roster is loaded and the hype surrounding the Wolfpack is considerable. The question is, can they cover a double-digit number in the sportsbook?

Look for N.C. State to win emphatically and generate even more optimism for the season. The Wolfpack should be able to route this so-so Pirates squad.

“The odds and predictions in the article are based on time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.”

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