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North Carolina vs NC State prediction, match preview, how to watch. Week 13, Friday 25 November

North Carolina vs. NC State Prediction Game Preview

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North Carolina vs. NC State how to watch

Date: Friday, November 25th
Game time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
As seen: ABC
Record: North Carolina (9-2), NC State (7-4)
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Why NC State will win

Despite all the troubles of the last two weeks with losses to Boston College and Louisville, the defense continues to be great against the run and the Takeaways continue to come up with ten in four games from losing to Louisville.

North Carolina’s defense continues to lack key moments. The passing frenzy isn’t there, there are no tackles for losses, and the takeaways don’t come with more than one forced error in just two games – wins over Florida A&M and Miami.

At the very least, the Wolfpack should be able to grind out the running game a bit because…

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Why North Carolina will win

The NC State passing game crashed after star QB Devin Leary was out for the year.

MJ Morris was okay, but he struggled with the loss to Boston College. Ben Finley threw over 200 yards against Louisville, but he missed half of his passes.

There will be just enough offensive punch for the Wolfpack O to work against this mediocre North Carolina defense, but there won’t be enough production to keep up the pace.

The Tar Heels played Georgia Tech. To his credit, the Yellow Jackets came up on a strong game, but the North Carolina attack has too much talent and punch to be put down two games in a row. That’s why …

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What will happen

NC State will get a good day off defense, but it won’t be enough.

North Carolina may be eyeing the ACC championship, but the rivalry aspect of that — combined with the kerfuffle after QB Drake Maye made his innocuous comments against NC State earlier in the season — will add to the intensity.

It will take a half to get going, but North Carolina’s offense will take over in the second half.

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North Carolina vs NC State prediction, line

North Carolina 27, NC State 24
Line: North Carolina -6.5, o/b: 55.5
ATS confidence from 5:2
North Carolina vs. NC State Must See rating (out of 5): 3rd
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The story originally appeared in College Football News