It’s finally football time for the NC State Wolfpack as the team kicks off their 2021 season under the Thursday night lights of Carter-Finley Stadium. Opposite the Pack will be the South Florida Bulls, who are coming off a rough 1-8 effort in the debut season of head coach Jeff Scott.
Will an experienced and confident NC State squad take care of business and capture their first win of what could be a special season? Or will the Bulls and their abundance of P5 transfers signal the turning of the program under Scott and capture a big road victory?
Each BTP contributor provides their score prediction below, plus a quick blurb on their predicted outcome. Here we go!
Prediction: 45-17 (W)
Comment: “State’s depth is the difference as USF just doesn’t have enough to keep up with the Pack“
Prediction: 41-24 (W)
Comment: “USF gets an early TD, early FG to put that good ole natural fear in us State fans…big plays by Bam, Leary and a TO in 2nd & 3rd quarter puts it away for us…USF scores a couple times in the 4th with our 3rd string in“
Prediction: 41-16 (W)
Comment: “It’s a Thursday night prime time home opener. The Pack comes out all gas.“
Prediction: 34-14 (W)
Comment: “NC State will control the line of scrimmage in this game and it’ll be relatively stress-free despite a couple weird hiccups.“
Prediction: 52-10 (W)
Comment: “I’m committed to the idea that this team really will be different, and that starts with decimating an opponent State would typically slog past. Show me something, Dave.“
Prediction: 33-17 (W)
Comment: “18 point spreads make me nervous. I’d take the under, but the Pack cruises while getting their feet set for the season ahead.“
Why is this so hard?
Prediction: 41-17 (W)
Comment: “Football? Can’t we talk about vaccines and politics?“
BTP Staff Cumulative Prediction: 41-16 (W)
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