NC State Wolfpack vs. Connecticut Huskies 8-31-23 NCAAF Prediction, Odds, and Tips

NC State Wolfpack vs. Connecticut Huskies 8/31/23 – As college football returns, fans eagerly anticipate a matchup between NC State Wolfpack and Connecticut Huskies on August 31st at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field at 7:30 PM ET – one which promises a riveting matchup under the lights. Here, we provide an in-depth analysis of both teams, betting trends, and expert free college football picks based on odds and team performances.

NC State Wolfpack vs. Connecticut Huskies

Date & Time: Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET

Location: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field


NC State Wolfpack vs. Connecticut Huskies 8/31/23 Betting Odds

NC State -800-15 (-110)51 over (-110)
Connecticut+635+15 (-110)51 under (-110)

NC State Wolfpack Analysis

The NC State Wolfpack’s offensive strategy is centered around the proficiency of their quarterback, Ben Finley. Finley has showcased his ability to navigate the passing game in recent games, amassing an impressive 741 passing yards. While his completion rate is 52.8%, his contribution to the scoreboard is unmistakable, as demonstrated by the three touchdown passes he’s delivered. Complementing Finley’s passing prowess is running back Jordan Houston, who has been a consistent force on the ground. With 544 rushing yards at an average of 4 yards per carry, Houston’s presence adds a vital dimension to NC State’s offensive approach. In the receiving department, Keyon Lesane has emerged as a dependable target for Finley’s passes, accumulating 342 receiving yards and an impressive average of 11 yards per catch.

Connecticut Huskies Analysis

Switching focus to the Connecticut Huskies, their offensive core revolves around quarterback Zion Turner, whose performance has been noteworthy. Turner’s ability to move the ball efficiently through the air is reflected in his accumulation of 1,407 passing yards with a completion rate of 57.8%. While his average of 5.5 yards per attempt indicates a focus on short and intermediate passes, his touchdown count of 9 underscores his capability to convert opportunities into points. Victor Rosa has proven to be a reliable rushing option on the ground, amassing 636 yards at an average of 4.5 yards per carry. In the Huskies’ receiving unit, Aaron Turner has stood out with 527 yards and an average of 9.2 yards per reception, showcasing his knack for making meaningful gains. 

NC State Wolfpack vs. Connecticut Huskies Against the Spread

Recent betting trends for the NC State Wolfpack indicate occasional difficulty meeting expectations about meeting spread expectations. They have fared significantly better against Independents (FBS) conference opponents with 6-1 SU records in 7 matchups since 2017. Their week 1 performance, however, has been less consistent, as evidenced by 5-10 ATS records in 15 weeks 1 matchup; yet their impressive start to September games with an unblemished record at 6-0 SU their ability to start strong.

Connecticut Huskies have posted more consistent betting performance, as evidenced by their 7-2 ATS record over their last nine games and 7-13 SU record over their last 20. Converting their ATS strength into outright wins remains difficult; the 6-1 ATS record over 7 home games attests to that fact; however, when faced with Atlantic Coast conference opponents, they’ve experienced difficulty; this is evidenced by their 1-8 SU record against them; their September struggles can also be seen with 1-12 SU record in last 13 September contests.

NC State Wolfpack vs. Connecticut Huskies Free Pick

Moneyline: NC State -800

The Wolfpack’s more robust overall performance and favorable trends make them the logical pick. The Wolfpack’s consistency and potential to convert ATS success into outright wins make them the favored choice.

Spread: NC State -15 (-110)

Given the Huskies’ struggles in converting ATS performance into victories, the Wolfpack has a strong chance of covering the spread. NC State’s consistent performance trends and offensive capabilities further support its potential to secure a convincing victory.

Total: 51 o (-110)

Both teams have displayed offensive strengths, indicating the likelihood of reaching or exceeding the set total points line. NC State’s ability to exploit defensive vulnerabilities increases the possibility of a higher-scoring contest.

Prediction: 21-31 NC State Wolfpack win

As NC State Wolfpack and Connecticut Huskies prepare to square off in an exhilarating college football matchup, anticipation grows. A detailed examination of team strengths and betting trends is the scene for what promises to be an enthralling Thursday night showdown. Fans and bettors looking to get in on the action can explore a sportsbook in Canada to maximize their viewing experience; with both teams taking to the field, the unfolding drama should provide an exciting kickoff to this college football season.