Coming off a disappointing road trip up into the mountains of Virginia, NC State will travel farther north this weekend for a tilt at Pittsburgh. The Panthers enter the game as a pretty heavy favorite, both by the oddsmakers and the advanced stats nerds, and feature one of the nations best defenses.
Will the Pitt defense suffocate NC State’s offense, forcing the Wolfpack defense into another week of extra duty, as well as another deflating loss? Or will NC State get a Nyheim Hines-level effort from a Wolfpack player to pull off the upset over the Top-25 Panthers?
Each BTP contributor provides their score prediction below, plus a quick blurb on their predicted outcome. Here we go!
Prediction: 10-38 (L)
Comment: “Pitt puts up like 9 sacks and the game is not really competitive at any point“
Prediction: 13-28 (L)
Comment: “NC State’s defense looks better but Pitt’s defense is just too much for the Pack to handle.“
Prediction: 17-31 (L)
Comment: “Positivity train lasted one whole week for me.“
Why is this so hard?
Prediction: 20-30 (L)
Comment: “The defense holds a team under 40!“
Prediction: 35-31 (W)
Comment: “I didn’t watch the VT game so excuse me while I crank up the Leary hype train.“
Prediction: 21-20 (W)
Comment: “State scores TDs via rush, pass, and punt return. D holds Pitt to 2 short FGs which is the difference even though State has fewer yards of O“
Prediction: 24-34 (L)
Comment: “Pitt scores at least 1 defensive Touchdown, and numerous 3-and-outs give them multiple opportunities to score. State starts out hot, but its last TD comes after the game is already decided“
Prediction: 12-37 (L)
Comment: “Chris Dunn’s gets his leg day workout as the o-line struggles to contain the pocket, while the defense just keeps doing what it’s been doing.“
BTP Staff Cumulative Prediction: 19-31 (L)
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