NCAA Football Odds: Thursday NC State @ Cincinnati Picks

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Thursday night football for college football picks heads to Cincinnati on Thursday night for the only game on the slate, as the Cincinnati Bearcats try to beat the NCAA football odds against the NC State Wolfpack.

Year To Date Record: 19-13 ATS

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Week 4 College Football Matchup: NC State Wolfpack @ Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 8:00 ET
Location: Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
College Football Lines: Cincinnati -7.5
Over/Under 60.5
Week 4 College Football TV Schedule: ESPN

The Bearcats and Wolfpack are both 2-1 teams, but that’s about where the similarities stop between these two squads. NC State knows that just getting to a bowl game this year would be quite the accomplishment, and the team just hasn’t looked good at all in spite of this 2-1 record. QB Mike Glennon just hasn’t played all that well, completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 745 yards, though he does have an 8/1 TD/INT ratio. The real problems are on the defense, which has allowed 22.7 points per game against a schedule that includes two FCS teams and arguably the worst team in the ACC, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Meanwhile, Cincinnati has a couple rock solid results, blowing out both the Akron Zips and the Austin Peay Governors. Sure, the Cats were knocked off by the Tennessee Volunteers on Rocky Top, but there was absolutely no shame in that, knowing that the Vols are going to challenge to be a Top 25 team this year. QB Zach Collaros just hasn’t lived up to his billing in his third year in control of this offense, though he does have 521 yards and seven TDs against no picks on the campaign.

That being said, we just don’t believe that the Wolfpack have a chance to get out of Cincinnati with a victory. The UC offense has the ability to be just too good, and the running game for the Bearcats is too strong for NC State to keep up, especially knowing just how bad this defense really is.

Week 4 NCAA Football Pick: Cincinnati -7.5

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