NC State Wolfpack vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 25th 2022

Stadium: Kenan Memorial Stadium Chapel Hill
Logo NC State Wolfpack
VS
Logo North Carolina Tar Heels
57.5
OPENER
-6.5

56.5o -110
CURRENT
-6.5 -101

+155
MONEYLINE
-175

30
SCORE
27

A pair of ACC rivals from the state of North Carolina meet on Friday afternoon, as the North Carolina Tar Heels take on the NC State Wolfpack. Both teams are currently ranked in the top 25 and it should set up for a great battle to finish the regular season.

NC State comes into this game with a record of 7-4, but they have been scuffling a bit down the stretch. The Wolfpack have lost two straight games and they will be looking to bounce back in a big way.

North Carolina was stunned in week 12 by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Tar Heels had been playing some great football up to that point.

NC State vs. North Carolina Odds

TV: ABC

MONEY LINE: NC State (+220) vs. North Carolina (-275)

SPREAD: NC State +6.5 (-108) vs. North Carolina -6.5 (-112)

GAME TOTAL: Over 56.5 (-110) vs. Under 56.5 (-110)

NC State vs. North Carolina Preview, Stats and Trends

The NC State Wolfpack have not been a great offensive team this season, but they are winning games with the defense. NC State is holding opponents to less than 19 points per game and that unit will have to stand up and be great in this game.

At some point, NC State is going to have to find some offense and that is where the problem might lie. The Wolfpack are playing without their starting quarterback and they just haven’t been able to find a ton of momentum on offense.

The North Carolina Tar Heels scored just 17 points in their most recent game, but they have shown the ability to be explosive. North Carolina is scoring 38 points per game this season and they do most of the damage through the air.

The defense for North Carolina has been a problem this season and that could end up hurting them in this game. North Carolina is giving up over 30 points per game and they have to find a way to get better play in the secondary.

NC State vs. North Carolina Picks

Both teams come into this game reeling a little bit, but that won’t matter once the game kicks off on Friday. There is no love lost in this rivalry and these teams will be on a mission to end the year on a high note.

NC State just hasn’t been scoring a ton of points of late and it’s hard to see them keeping up in this game. The Tar Heels have the ability to score points in a hurry and they are going to take complete control of this one.

Final Score: North Carolina 38 - NC State 31

EXTRA POINTS

1. North Carolina leads the all-time series, 68-37-6.

2. NC State won the meeting a season ago, 34-30.

3. Game will be played at Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC.

Best Bet: North Carolina Tar Heels -6.5 (-112)

PREDICTION
NC State Wolfpack
25
31
North Carolina Tar Heels
PREDICTION
NC State Wolfpack
25
31
North Carolina Tar Heels

NC State Wolfpack vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

Javonte Williams rushed for three touchdowns as host No. 14 North Carolina overwhelmed No. 23 North Carolina State 48-21 on Saturday afternoon in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Williams, who scored on second-half runs of 1, 5 and 27 yards, finished with 160 yards on 19 carries, and Michael Carter had a 16-yard touchdown run and 106 rushing yards on 17 attempts.

Quarterback Sam Howell completed 18 of 29 passes for 252 yards and one touchdown for the Tar Heels (4-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

NC State quarterback Bailey Hockman returned to a starting role for the first time since Sept. 26 after Devin Leary suffered a broken leg last weekend in a victory against Duke. He was 14-for-24 for 215 yards with a touchdown. Hockman also scored on a 1-yard run in the final minute of the third quarter.

Freshman Ben Finley, younger brother of former NC State quarterback Ryan Finley, entered in the second quarter for the visiting Wolfpack (4-2, 4-2). He went 13-for-20 for 143 yards and a touchdown.

North Carolina, which was coming off an upset loss at Florida State a week earlier, moved into NC State territory on its first three possessions, converting those chances into a 14-0 lead.

Carter scooted 16 yards for a touchdown on the Tar Heels' first drive, completing a 10-play march.

Howell, who had nearly 100 passing yards in the first quarter, scored his first touchdown of the season early in the second quarter on a 10-yard run.

NC State picked up just one first down on its first three drives combined, which all ended in its own territory.

On Finley's first drive at the controls, the Wolfpack moved deep into North Carolina territory until the freshman's pass was bobbled by Dylan Parham in the end zone and then picked off by Don Chapman.

North Carolina failed to take advantage despite a long drive, with Grayson Atkins' field-goal attempt from 22 yards out clanking off the left upright.

Atkins later connected from 40 yards out on the last play of the half after Finley's 42-yard pass to Emeka Emezie put the Wolfpack on the board.

It marked the first time since 1993 that the teams met with both squads holding a national ranking. The past six meetings came in regular-season finales, but the date changed for this season with summer revisions to ACC schedules.

NC State won its three previous trips to Chapel Hill, so this was the Wolfpack's first road loss in the series under coach Dave Doeren.

--Field Level Media

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