Fresh off a road win at Boston College that featured an impressive all-around second half effort, NC State stays on the road and heads down the eastern seaboard to take on Miami. The Hurricanes are led by former NC State assistant coach and noted Mack Brown not-fan Manny Diaz, who is in desperate need of a win.
Despite their 2-4 record, Miami is among the most talented teams in the conference. Among the Hurricanes’ losses are defeats to Alabama and undefeated Michigan State, as well as a pair of ACC losses by a combined five points. The Miami offense has been particularly impressive of late at getting the ball in the endzone, averaging over 46 points per game in their last three contests.
Can the Wolfpack keep the good vibes rolling and come away with yet another ACC road win? Or will the Hurricanes put a damper in the spirit of the Pack and notch their first conference victory of 2021?
Each BTP contributor provides their score prediction below, plus a quick blurb on their predicted outcome. Here we go!
Why is this so hard?
Prediction: 34-20 (W)
Comment: “Bam TD with under 5 to play makes it a two-score game; BPB seals it with an INT.“
Prediction: 31-24 (W)
Comment: “Defense mostly shuts up their QB for 3/4 of the game, late rally with big plays from The U make the score closer than it appears...Offense finds its ground game again for balanced, methodical scoring drives“
Prediction: 27-13 (W)
Comment: “Takeaway Bone >> Turnover Chain. Doeren gets his first win over Miami in a win that isn’t pretty but gets the job done. We’re going to see a balanced attack that leans on the pass game.“
Prediction: 31-7 (W)
Comment: “It would’ve been closer but Van Dyke’s comments pissed off a good defense who is now focused, motivated, and ready to go.“
Prediction: 25-27 (L)
Comment: “beep boop“
Prediction: 30-21 (W)
Comment: “Not convinced that Miami has the offense or the coaching to win this game.“
Prediction: 38-20 (W)
Comment: “Think State runs pretty easily through Miami’s defense. Big game for Bam and Person is enough to keep this thing neat and tidy.“
Prediction: 27-28 (L)
Comment: “Someone has to be the dissenting voice of beaten down and broken State fanhood. With Manny Diaz likely coaching for his job, he pulls out a Top 25 win to save his bacon for another week.“
BTP Staff Cumulative Prediction: 30-20 (W)
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