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NC State vs. Wake Forest prediction and pick. Wake Forest and NC State meet this week in a game with massive ACC implications. Can Sam Hartman and the Demon Deacons take down NC State?

NC State vs. Wake Forest Prediction, Pick, Odds: Can Sam Hartman Limit Turnovers in Showdown with NC State?

The North Carolina State Wolfpack escaped Virginia Tech 22-21 on Thursday night. Meanwhile, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons weren't as lucky. Wake Forest turned the ball over eight times on the road against Louisville to lose 48-21. Wake Forest was ranked 10th then and moved to 20 after the deflating loss. Wake Forest and NC State will duel it out as 6-2 teams on Saturday. The winner of this ACC matchup will stay ranked, while the other team will exit the Top 25. Can the Demon Deacons rebound from an absolute meltdown last week?

Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Saturday's game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack.

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NC State vs. Wake Forest Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: November 5, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ACCN

NC State vs. Wake Forest Odds

  • Spread: Wake Forest -5.5 (-110), NC State +5.5 (-110)
  • Total Odds: O/U 54.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline Odds: NC State (+175), Wake Forest (-205)

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NC State vs. Wake Forest Injury Report

Wake Forest

None of Importance


Questionable: DE Savion Jackson (Undisclosed), RB Demie Sumo-Karngbaye (Undisclosed) Out: QB Devin Leary (Pectoral)

NC State Wolfpack vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prediction

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons had a meltdown last week against the Louisville Cardinals. Eight turnovers later, Wake Forest lost 48-21 on the road against Louisville.

But this week, it's a new game. That's finished with. It's how Wake Forest will rebound that matters the most.

The Demon Deacons have scored 38.9 points per game while averaging 434.1 yards per game. Minus the game against Louisville, Sam Hartman has been very good. He's thrown 22 touchdowns and six interceptions on the year and has already surpassed 2000 yards on the season.

The run game has averaged 136.6 yards per game behind Justice Ellison, who has rushed for 4.6 yards per carry with four touchdowns on 98 attempts.

Meanwhile, the defense has allowed 27 points per game, along with 378.5 yards. The Demon Deacons are usually very fundamentally sound defensive. They couldn't handle all of the turnovers last week and Louisville's solid field position.

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The pass rush and run defense are great for Wake Forest. The coverage in the secondary has also been excellent. They've held teams to just 233.5 yards per game in the air all season.

Meanwhile, North Carolina State is playing without starting quarterback Devin Leary. The Wolfpack went with senior quarterback Jack Chambers at quarterback for the first couple of weeks. But after Chambers struggled, NC State gave MJ Morris an opportunity.

He dominated in the win against Virginia Tech, earning three touchdown passes. Look, he wasn't perfect. But he provided a spark for NC State over a Virginia Tech team they had to beat.

I would assume that Morris will get the start agaisnt Wake Forest. Still, his QBR was 47.7. He's going to have some difficulty, especially against Wake Forest.

The Wolfpack have been all over the place defensively this year. They've allowed 308.6 yards per game but struggled with tackling. The pass rush is effective but might not do enough damage to force Hartman into bad decisions.

I'm expecting Wake Forest to clean up a bunch of things. I'll take a veteran like Hartman over a freshman like Morris any day of the week.

Give me Wake Forest -5 in Saturday's ACC-ranked matchup.

NC State Wolfpack vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons Pick

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