Game Predictions – NC State
For every Football, Hockey, Basketball, and Baseball game this year, the board members of WZBC Sports will be offering their picks on whether the Eagles will win or lose. Here are our picks for NC State.
TJ Hartnett: I’ve gone back and forth on this game for two weeks. Now that NC St. has fallen to both ND and Clemson the past two weeks, this game actually means the world to them and the Eagles. The winner of this game (most likely) will grab the #2 spot in the ACC Atlantic (HOW CRAZY IS THAT?????). In terms of momentum, BC has it but the bye week hurts in terms of staying hot. NC St. may lose the chance to play in a big time bowl with a loss in Chestnut Hill while the Eagles may catapult their way into the 4th best bowl the ACC has to offer. Either way I don’t see this one being a blow out on either side. A high of 37 is predicted so this is going to be a game of old fashioned smash mouth football. Force Finley to make mistakes early. Have Lukas Denis come up with a pick. AJ Dillon needs to run for 100. It’s my senior day too so I’m going Eags, 17-14. My first game as a Boston College supporter was 2013 on my first BC visit as a high school senior when Andre Williams ran for 1,000,000 yards on his senior day against NC St. Fitting that I came in with the Pack and am going out with them too. Would love to attach W’s on both sides.
Steve McAlee: With a week off to prepare for still one of the most talented teams in the ACC, the Eagles can really make a stamp on this season, reaching bowl eligibility two weeks earlier than last year and establishing themselves as one of the hottest teams in the country. The Wolfpack put up a very solid effort against Clemson last weekend; there’s no denying they have playmakers on both sides of the ball. We’ll see if Steve Addazio keeps up the momentum on offense. If he does, on senior day, I think the Eagles make a huge statement to whoever may meet them in their eventual (and hopeful) bowl game: this team is climbing towards the ACC’s upper eschelon. BC 28 – NC State 24
Landon Komishane: The Eagles are coming off a bye week, and they are red hot. Having won three straight ACC games, BC has looked as good as we’ve seen in the Steve Addazio era. NC State is coming off two losses to top 10 teams in Notre Dame and Clemson. While those were definitely worthy opponents for the Wolfpack, they do not have the momentum that the Eagles have. The consistency has been off the charts for BC, and I can’t see it stopping. On senior day at BC, I expect the Eagles to play inspired football and upset the 23rd-ranked Wolfpack. BC 24, NC State 21
Matt Seelig: After a week off, the question for the Eagles is whether they will come into Saturday’s game with the same momentum they brought to Florida State. AJ Dillon has looked great, and the defense kept Virginia and FSU to a combined 13 points. I feel quite confidently that explosive performances by Dillon are going to continue until the end of the year, with the NC State game being no exception. My fears are the on the defensive side. First, NC State’s offense is likely to be a tougher opponent than our previous two opponents, and they will be looking for a win after consecutive losses to Notre Dame and Clemson, the latter of which was a very close game. Harold Landry is also listed as questionable, so even if we see him make it on the field, do not expect a top notch performance. The Eagles have what it takes to win this game, but it will not be the 30+ point blowouts of the previous two games. Boston College will have to fight for every point to get the W. Final score: BC 28-NC State 27
Kyle Maslan: Can the good feelings keep on rolling? In short – Yes, yes they can. While some may argue the bye week came at the wrong time, it came at a great time. Anthony Brown and AJ Dillion get an extra week to nurse up the bangs, bruises and injuries that the season causes entering this showdown with the wolfpack. Addazio and his staff were able to watch two weeks worth of games uninterrupted to get a feel of what they are playing against. After two games against top 10 teams the Wolfpack could view BC as an easier opponent and not be as focused coming into a noon game at Alumni. Look for BC to clinch bowl eligibility this week, and then pad their record as the season moves to a close. Boston College 35 – NC State 31
Ben Neuwirth: BC is rolling with 3 consecutive wins but face a very tough test against a tough NC State team. BC has leaned on frosh AJ Dillon and should continue this game but it remains to be seen if young QB Anthony Brown and the rest of the offense can step up when team key on Dillon. The Wolfpack have a very strong run defense and should stack the box, forcing the young QB to the air. While we’ve all been encouraged by what we’ve seen the last few weeks, I don’t thnk this team is ready yet to knock down the top dogs of the ACC. NCST 31 BC 17
Al Preziosi: BC is rolling, but NC State is a much better team than the Eagles‘ last three opponents. Being at home helps, but I’m not convinced BC can beat a ranked opponent. NC State 24 – BC 17
Sam Parsons: BC hasn’t beaten a ranked team since the memorable USC win in 2014, and NC State finds themselves ranked 23rd in the CFP poll. That could change this week. For all intents and purposes, the best win NC State has on their schedule is a 31-38 loss to Clemson. In all seriousness, though, their best actual victories have come against Louisville and Florida State, teams that, BC has, of course, beaten. This is an even matchup if I’ve ever seen one. Harold Landry’s injury is a key factor; having him play would be huge in applying pressure to QB Ryan Finley, an NFL prospect who’s been intercepted just three times this season. I’ll give the edge to NC State, but this should be a back-and-forth game. Once again, I hope the Eagles prove me wrong. NC State 27, BC 21
Matt Sottile: BC continues to ride momentum into Senior Day, coming off three straight victories and a much needed bye week to rest up before a chilly Saturday afternoon slugfest on ABC vs. nationally ranked NC State. Harold Landry enters Saturday’s game listed as questionable, after not playing last time out vs. Florida State. The pass rush and containing NC State’s offensive attack will be huge if the Eagles want to extend the win streak to 4. I think the offense continues to produce, but the Wolfpack enter motivated following a lose loss to Clemson, and get back on track with a win. NC State 30, BC 21
Andrew Linnehan: BC has made me eat my words lately. They have been one of the most dominant offensive teams in the country in their 4 game win streak. Daz has made the offense versatile, fast, and a whole lot of fun to watch. NC State has been one of the most dominant teams in the ACC and their pass game no joke. The bye week has certainly given the Eagles more time to prep their pass defense. This should be one of the closest games BC has played all year as both teams are desperate to enhance their bowl projections. I’m rooting for the Eagles to prove me wrong again, but I have NC State winning 28-21