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College Football Miami Florida at NC State

November 28, 2008

College Football Betting - Miami Florida Hurricanes at NC State Wolfpack (Saturday 12:00 PM ET)

NC State has once again emerged as a possible bowl contender. With three straight wins, the Wolfpack are 5-6 and are one victory away from becoming bowl eligible.

They are coming off a huge road win at rival North Carolina and pieces from last season will pay a big role in this game. NC State went to Miami last season and defeated the Hurricanes in overtime.

That was the third of four straight wins for the Wolfpack who started the season 1-5 and were in a similar position they are now.

They were 5-5 and with two games left, all they needed was one win to make it to a bowl game after missing out in 2006. NC State was hammered at Wake Forest but still had a shot with a home game against Maryland.

The Wolfpack were obliterated at home by the Terrapins 37-0 and were without a postseason spot for a second straight year. With this being the same scenario as last season, look for NC State to look back at that lesson learned and come out strong on Saturday.

Watching Miami on Thursday showed that it recent five-game winning streak may have been a fluke. I thought the Hurricanes would have come in with more energy riding a big streak but they were smacked in the face early and often and were crushed by the Yellow Jackets.

Looking back at the run shows only one big win at Duke with the other four victories coming by a touchdown or less. The hurricanes are young and it certainly showed and coming back off that defeat will be even tougher.

At the start of the season, redshirt freshman quarterback Russell Wilson was fourth on the depth chart and it looked as though playing time would be sparse.

However, he has come along quickly as is turning into one of the better quarterbacks in the conference. He has passed for 14 touchdowns while only tossing one interception.

He has thrown five touchdown passes in each of his last five games and is coming off his best performance of the season where he threw for a season high 279 yards.

The Wolfpack have not been a strong rushing team but they have come on of late, culminating with a season high 187 yards against the Tar Heels.

After averaging 80 ypg through their first six games, they have put up an average of 161.4 ypg over their last five games.

Miami went into the Georgia Tech game with the 19th ranked rushing defense. It came out ranked 57th after allowing an unheard of 486 yards rushing. Don't expect those kinds of numbers from NC State but the balance will keep Miami on its heels.

Pick: NC State +1 (-110) available at

- Matt Fargo

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