Louisville Cardinals vs NC State Wolfpack Odds, Prediction, and Pick
This season's Belk Bowl features two teams whose Football programs are actually slightly similar. Both teams needed to have big games down the stretch in order to be able to make it to a bowl game at all, and they both got the job done when they needed to. Another interesting point about both teams is the fact that they were both in conferences who struggled to live up to any type of expectations this season. This game between the NC State Wolfpack and Louisville Cardinals could be an excellent one, and it will definitely be a game that is flying under the radar a bit. The Wolfpack ended the season at 7-5 overall, while Louisville finished with the same record as well. To make things a bit more interesting, both teams won two games in a row to finish off the season and get themselves to the point of being able to play in this game.
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Many people will remember the Wolfpack's final two games, as they absolutely dominated the 7th ranked team in the country in the Clemson Tigers, and then in their final game they made an incredible comeback by scoring 35 points in the 4th quarter to pull off a huge win against Maryland. The Wolfpack will definitely be the fan favorite as well, since Charlotte is only a 2.5 hour drive from their home stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. Louisville on the other hand knocked off Connecticut in South Florida in impressive fashion to finish the season.
This game will kick off on Tuesday, December 27th at 8:00pm EST, and should be a great betting option. The Belk Bowl is the 10th bowl to be played as well, so it will be right in the midst of College Football's Bowl season!
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Louisville Cardinals: +3
- North Carolina State Wolfpack: -3
» Free Prediction
It's tough to bet against this Wolfpack team. While both teams have been hot to end the season, and Louisville actually won 3 straight before losing to Pittsburgh; the fact that NC State beat number 7 Clemson, had that massive comeback against Maryland, and is playing fairly close to home, could cause some serious problems for the Cardinals. This NC State team has also been very strong in Bowl Games in the past, and I think that they'll get the job done at home. I'm going with NC State to get the win by a touchdown in the 2011 Belk Bowl.
Prediction: NC State Wolfpack- 31 Louisville Cardinals- 24
» Free Pick
This line has moved between about -2 and -3 for the Wolfpack, and they are definitely riding quite a bit of emotion. The defense for this team has also stepped up a bit in recent weeks, and they also have a quarterback in Mike Glennon who is hitting on all cylinders right now. Glennon has 28 touchdowns and 11 picks this year, and was a huge reason why the Wolfpack won the last two games as well. I'm picking the NC State Wolfpack to win and cover here.
NC State Wolfpack -3