The North Carolina State Wolfpack (2-0) has long been a doormat of the ACC gridiron competition but through two games in the 2010 college football betting action this team is a perfect 2-0 and has favored in the betting odds to start the year off with an impressive 3-0 start heading into ACC play.
But first the team will have to vanquish the two-time defending Big East champion University of Cincinnati Bearcats (2-1). That may sound like a tall task for a perennial loser like the Wolfpack but the Bearcats have lost much of their bite since last season. Gone is former head coach Brian Kelly, the new coach at Notre Dame. Gone also is former QB Tony Pike the team’s most valuable player over the past two years.
Kickoff for this Thursday matchup is set for 7:50 Eastern Time and sbg global sportsbook opened with the Wolfpack as a 2.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 54 1/2.
One of the keys to this NCAA football betting matchup will be NC State’s ability to slow down the Bearcats’ spread offense. Cincy hasn’t been all that effective on offense this season averaging just 313.5 yards a game and just 174.5 passing. Still, QB Zach Collaros is a good player if not a dynamic one and his 128.0 passer rating and TD/INT differential of 3/0 is a testament to that.
NC State’s defense hasn’t been tested much this season as the team’s two wins were over a marshmallow Western Carolina team and a rebuilding University of Central Florida team that nearly pulled off a come from behind win (28-21). The defense blew a 28-7 lead in the fourth quarter and that kind of play will cost them dearly against an offensive minded Cincy team.
Cincy has also had a tough time in pass coverage as Colloras has been sacked 10 times in just 2 games but its unlikely NC State has the personnel to exploit this shortcoming.
When the Wolfpack has the ball they’ll be looking for Junior QB Russell Wilson to air it as he’s taken 61 pass attempts so far this season. However, the success he’s had was mostly against minnow Western Carolina and against a meatier UCF defense he was awful (10-30, 105 yards).
Cincy will win this sports betting matchup and improve to 2-1 on the year.