Fresh off pitching a shutout against in-state foe Western Carolina, NC State hits the road to take on another mountain team from farther up in the Appalachians in West Virginia. The Mountaineers are in Year 1 of the Neal Brown era and off to a not-great start. After squeaking by James Madison in the opener, WVU got shellacked on the road last weekend by Missouri.
Can the Wolfpack continue the excellent play in their first road test of 2019? Or will the Mountaineers use the formidable home field advantage in Morgantown to knock off NC State?
Each BTP contributor provides their score prediction below, plus a quick blurb on their predicted outcome. Here we go!
Prediction: 24-13 (W)
Comment: “Offense clicks late to pull away, WVU keeps it frisky before succumbing to the onslaught of the dozen RB’s on State’s roster.“
Prediction: 24-10 (W)
Comment: “Everyone gets nervous after NC State gives up its first TD of the season on WVU’s first drive, but the Pack control the game the rest of the way.“
Prediction: 20-12 (W)
Comment: “Offensive game plan, fearing the atmosphere is too amp and hype @WVU, is too conservative, but State doesn’t allow a TD and escapes Morgantown 3-0“
Prediction: 24-17 (W)
Comment: “WVU is LIT! Comes out firing with new wrinkles on offense & passion on defense, depth catches up to them and State goes ahead late“
Prediction: 28-20 (W)
Comment: “NC State is going to make some mistakes in its first road game but the cover train rolls on anyhow.“
Prediction: 17-16 (W)
Comment: “Offense struggles, but engineers late drive to get in range for Dunn to hit the game-winner. D bends but doesn’t break, forcing WVU to settle for FGs“
BTP Staff Cumulative Prediction: 23-15 (W)
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