NC State travels to upstate New York to take on the Orange of Syracuse in a battle to reach bowl eligibility. The Wolfpack have dominated the overall series with the Orange, winning 10 of 11, including all five matchups away from Carter-Finley; however, history won’t help on the field Saturday night.
Syracuse comes into the game having just ended a two-game skid with an overtime win against North Carolina. The Orange also enter the game with a bit of uncertainty at quarterback, but both senior Eric Dungey and freshman Tommy DeVito are likely to play, with each bringing a different skill set and style of play to the offense.
NC State will be looking to avoid their own mini-skid and get past a horrid performance a week ago at Clemson where the offense looked completely out of sorts and the defense was continually put in disadvantaged situations. The Wolfpack will need a better effort from everyone involved if they hope to get the ‘W’ up in New York.
Can NC State put last week behind them and not let Clemson beat them twice?
Each BTP contributor provides their score prediction below, plus a “classic” Twitter-esque 140 character-constrained comment on their predicted outcome. Let’s get to it!
Prediction: 39-24 (W)
“Pack bounces back from the Clemson game for a convincing win against the Orange people.“
Prediction: 31-26 (W)
“Offense has chip on its shoulder after Clemson disaster; defense forces enough FGs in red zone for Pack to escape w/ W“
Prediction: 37-30 (W)
“Both offenses play well with Cuse mixing QBs effectively. State D is able to come up with key stop when needed to secure a win“
Prediction: 37-20 (W)
“State comes out with a convincing win after a nice, relaxing couple of weeks off.“
Prediction: 34-30 (W)
“The Orange are going to get their points but I’m counting on an angry Wolfpack team being a bit better. “
Prediction: 28-27 (W)
“Orange go up early but Finley leads a furious comeback to steal the W“
BTP Staff Cumulative Prediction: 34-26 (W)
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