I haven't even written my Central Florida preview piece yet, but that's exactly what's going to make your final score prediction all the more impressive in hindsight. NC State opened as about a field goal underdog--that line is down to a point at some places.
Pretty much this is a toss-a-coin game, in the oddsmakers' estimation. But they are all horribly mistaken one way or the other, certainly. NC State is involved.
The more fun bet might be the over/under, which is sitting at 49.5. The assumption is that neither team can score 30 points against the other and while I have not looked at the recent park effect numbers in re: Tropicana Field, that seems like a load of bollocks to me.
Nobody's ushering in the first-ever Bitcoin Bowl with a 21-18 garbagefest. No one would ever do that. My guess is UCF is going to be a victim of the "too close" bowl theory I made up just now and play like it's tagging along as chaperone on its younger brother's field trip to the zoo. Yawn, UCF has already seen all these exhibits.
The Knights' certain doom is made clearer by the ticket sales--they have sold a lot more of them; of course they are going to lose. I'll conclude this scientific exploration by guessing that NC State wins 41-14. Do not contradict this unless you feel otherwise.