Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Ryan Finley
N.C. State 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +40000
- To win the ACC: +4000
- To win the ACC Atlantic: +2300
- To make Playoff: Yes +6000, No -20000
- To make NY6 Bowl: Yes +1100, No -2300
- Win Total: 7 ( over -130)
All lines taken from 5Dimes on July 23. Always shop for the best line.
N.C. State 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 6.5
Bet To Watch
N.C. State Under 7 (+110)
While the world knows about senior quarterback Ryan Finley, it’s the Wolfpack defense that will decide the 2018 season. Surrounding Finley are three returning offensive linemen, most of the targets in the receiving corps and a healthy dose of rushing experience. This offense will give plenty of ACC defenses trouble.
The questions for N.C. State will be on the defense, with a returning production rank of 129th, second-lowest in the country. Bradley Chubb departed for the NFL, leaving a major gap on the Wolpack defensive line.
Chubb didn’t play in N.C. State’s bowl victory over Arizona State. The Sun Bowl might have been foreshadowing for 2018 — both teams went for almost 500 yards of total offense.
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Like so many other ACC mid-tier teams, there are plenty of coin flip games on the schedule. Georgia State will be a victory, while Clemson should be a loss (although Finley can light up the Tigers’ corners). We will go with Under 7 +110, as we cannot trust a defense with this many holes to have eight victories.
What else you need to know about N.C. State
There are not any over/unders for individual games listed in the futures market, but know that a depleted Wolfpack defense may turn into plenty of over opportunities this season.
West Virginia, led by Will Grier, comes to town Sept. 15. Boston College is dedicated to an up-tempo offense, and should have one of the most explosive offenses in college football. Syracuse and Wake Forest will bring their own explosive packages that should provide plenty of points. Look for Wolfpack totals to go over weekly.