Louisville vs. NC State Odds: Point Spread, Total & Prediction

Louisville vs. NC State Odds: Point Spread, Total & Prediction

Louisville vs. NC State Odds: Point Spread, Total & Prediction

"There isn't anybody like Lamar Jackson and there probably hasn't been since Michael Vick; I mean, he's just so fast", he said.

Jackson is now 14 rushing touchdowns shy of passing James Conner for most by any player in ACC history.

Nothing about Thursday's 39-25 win over Louisville, however, was luck. Further challenges await, including a trip to Notre Dame the week before Clemson comes to Raleigh on November 4, but this veteran N.C. State team is positioning itself for its most memorable season in at least a decade and a half.

Louisville returns home to take on Boston College, while North Carolina State will go on the road to face a Pittsburgh team that is better than its 2-3 record indicates. A stronger North Carolina State running game.

When N.C. State opened its season by more than doubling South Carolina's total yardage but losing by seven anyway, it felt like more of the same for the Wolfpack.

"We recruited these guys four years ago and have fed them for four years, a lot of food over the years", Doeren said.

"His ability to get to top speed is incredible, so we have to do a great job of keeping him in the pocket", Doeren said.

Finley might not be a better quarterback, but he is the quarterback who has his team in position to challenge Clemson at the top the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Jackson was the big name, although NC State showcased plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. According to OddsShark, Louisville is favored by three points, and the over-under is set at 66 points.

Make a note that the Wolfpack put 520 yards on the Cardinals. Wide receiver Kelvin Harmon had 133 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals, as he won an individual matchup with cornerback Jaire Alexander. Thursday, Finley was 20 of 31 for 367 yards with a touchdown but no interceptions.

You can just feel it right now. It was a win for the 24th-ranked Wolfpack, their first as a ranked team since 2003. At the time, it became the second-longest pass play of the season for the Wolfpack.

It turns out "game manager" may not be a dirty word after all. Petrino did not have an update on either player. NC State went for two, and converted on a pass from Finley to Hines.

The Pack had some injuries to absorb in the first half - first to guard Terronne Prescod, then center Garrett Bradbury.

3 - game Louisville winning streak in this series that ended.

N.C. State will hit the road for its next two games, with trips to Pittsburgh and Notre Dame, before hosting reigning national champion Clemson on November 4.

To beat Louisville, N.C. State needed to be able to slow, stymie, contain or frustrate Lamar Jackson, the Cardinals' 2016 Heisman Trophy victor.

Some other things to know about Thursday night's Louisville-N.C. "He's not going to tackle me". He finished with 18 carries for 102 yards.

39 - career rushing touchdowns by Jackson, who danced through the Wolfpack for a 4-yard score less than three minutes into the fourth quarter and then added another from three yards.

LIGHT-DUTY LAMAR: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson has played just five quarters over the past two weeks but has made the a lot of them.

NC State has a talented roster, but it starts with defensive end Bradley Chubb.

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