North Carolina (9-2) have already secured their spot in the ACC championship game, but they saw their six-game winning streak end with a stunning loss to Georgia Tech last week. To get some momentum back in the matchup against Clemson, the Tar Heels need to find a way to beat rivals NC State, who have won four of the last six games in this matchup.
NC State had a disappointing season full of serious injuries, but shaking off Tar Heels in 17th place would be a nice end to the season.
Where: Kenan Stadium (Raleigh, NC)
When: 3:30 p.m. ET (Friday)
line: UNC-6.5, O/U 56
IB paused the game and now it’s time to make our predictions.
BRYAN DRISKELL, EDITOR
forecast: North Carolina 35, NC State 21
We’ll find out this weekend if the loss to Georgia Tech was just a bad day, or if the Tar Heels are buckled under the pressure of their high-ranking and upcoming ACC title spot. I assume it’s an anomaly.
NC State has one of the better defenses in the ACC, but they were vulnerable to really good pass attacks, and North Carolina has the best pass attack the Wolf Pack will face this season. quarterback Drake Maye plays like a Heisman contender and heels should be a little salty after last week’s loss to Georgia Tech. I’m expecting a big catch-up game for Maye and Star Wideout Josh Downswho was held to just three catches last week.
The Wolfpack offense lacks the firepower to win this game in my opinion. His future is bright, but I find it hard to see newcomer MJ Morris duel with Maye.
forecast: North Carolina 42, NC State 28
It’s funny how my love for the Irish influences my voices on these games, but here we are again. ND needs UNC to win as many games as possible, so bolster their NY6 CV. They’ve already locked themselves into the ACC title game, so hopefully they’re still playing for money during this game. It helps that the game is home and it’s a rivalry game. Drake Maye plays very well and I think he will continue. At the end of the day I don’t think this game will be that close.
RYAN ROBERTS, RECRUITMENT DIRECTOR
forecast: North Carolina 27, NC State 20
I can’t get into NC State right now. I know North Carolina came off a very disappointing loss to Georgia Tech, but they’re still a much more reliable team to trust offensively.
Drake Maye and Josh Downs are the difference in this football game. NC State has routinely stayed within the 20-21 point range, so the first team to hit the over is the victor in this instance.
SHAUN DAVIS, RECRUITING ANALYST
forecast: North Carolina 42, NC State 28
North Carolina’s disappointing performance against Georgia Tech may have taken some of the luster away Drake Mayes season and his chances at the Heisman. However, NC State lacks the firepower to handle the response I expect from the Tar Heel offense.
SEAN STIRES, STAFF WRITER
forecast: North Carolina 36, NC State 24
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This would have a better chance of being a fun game if NC State QB Devin Leary was healthy, but he is not. The Wolf Pack could still score against the Tar Heels, but not enough to beat them Drake Maye and Co.
ANDREW MCDONOUGH, EMPLOYEE OF IB
forecast: North Carolina 31, NC State 21
North Carolina hosts a stumbling NC State team that has suffered a surprise loss to Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels have already secured a berth in the ACC Championship against Clemson but will need to recover this weekend to regain momentum in this game.
The good news for North Carolina is that rivals NC State have been a shell unto themselves since the loss of QB Devin Leary to an injury at the end of the season. Since Leary was injured against Clemson, the Wolfpack has only averaged 18.3 PPG. They’ve managed to stay afloat thanks to strong defense, but North Carolina will be the best offense they’ve faced all season.
The Heels control this all the way, securing a 10-win season behind a bounce-back performance from QB Drake Maye.
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