Last Updated Sep 20, 2022, 8:37 PM
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. NC State Wolfpack Picks, Predictions, Odds
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders and NC State Wolfpack meet up Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on ESPN2.
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS vs. NC STATE WOLFPACK BETTING PREDICTION
The Red Raiders picked up a 63-10 victory over Murray State of the FCS in the opener Sept. 3, covering a 38-point number. Things tightened up in the second game, as one would expect, and it was a bad beat for some bettors, too. Texas Tech outlasted Houston 33-30 in double-overtime, much to the dismay of UNDER bettors. The Red Raiders tied it up 20-20 to force OT with :03 left in regulation, and UNDER (62) bettors know what that one shook out. Yep, there were 40 total points in regulation, and 23 points in the extra session, or just enough.
NC State came into the season with some unusual expectations, ranked in the Top 15. The Wolfpack headed to East Carolina as a 12-point favorite to open the season and nearly stumbled at the Rowdy Dowdy, before escaping with a 21-20 win. The Pirates misfired on a field goal at the buzzer. Hey, sometimes you're good, and sometimes you're lucky.
The Wolfpack bounced back at Carter-Finley last weekend, roughing up a poor Charleston Southern team of the FCS, 55-3. QB Devin Leary has gotten off to a good start, throwing for five touchdowns and just one interception, while running for two more scores. However, he has completed just 56.9% of his passes, and needs to tighten up a bit.
Score Prediction: Texas Tech 34, NC State 29
Best Bet: Texas Tech +10.5 (-122)
Best Bet: OVER 53.5 (-114)
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS vs. NC STATE WOLFPACK BETTING ODDS
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS vs. NC STATE WOLFPACK BETTING RESOURCES
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS BETTING ANALYSIS
The Red Raiders lost QB Tyler Shough in the Murray State game, as he suffered a collarbone injury. He was ruled out for last week's game, and this trip to Raleigh. QB Donovan Smith stepped in under center and led the Red Raiders to the win last week in OT, and he has completed 67.6% of his passes for 572 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions while running for another score. It is a classic case of next man up.
Texas Tech has cashed in five of its past seven road games, while going 19-9-1 ATS in the past 29 games in the month of September. The Red Raiders have managed an 0-4-1 ATS mark across the past five games following a straight-up win.
For totals, the Red Raiders have hit the UNDER in seven of the past 10 games on the road, and seven of the past 10 non-conference tilts, too. The UNDER has also cashed in five of the past seven games following a non-cover, although the OVER is 4-0 in the past four games in the month of September.
NC STATE WOLFPACK BETTING ANALYSIS
Traditionally, NC State has struggled in non-ACC games against the Power 5 teams. It lost last season at Mississippi State by a 24-10 score last September, it lost in the bowl game against Kentucky in the Gator Bowl in Jan. 2021, it was pounded 44-27 at West Virginia in Sept. 2019, it was blasted 52-13 in the Gator Bowl on NYE 2018, etc. That's four straight Power 5 losses against non-ACC teams, going 1-3 ATS. The last win was in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 29, 2017, a 52-31 win over Arizona State.
NC State has covered 11 of the past 14 games at home, although it is 1-4 ATS in the past five games following a cover.
For the Wolfpack, it's all about the OVER lately. The OVER is 4-1 in the past five games overall, while going 6-1 in the past seven home games. The OVER is also 4-0 in the past four games against the Big 12, while going 9-4 in the past 13 games against teams wit ha winning overall record.
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS vs. NC STATE WOLFPACK BETTING TRENDS
- Texas Tech is 5-2 ATS in the past seven road games.
- Texas Tech is 19-9-1 ATS in the past 29 September games.
- Texas Tech is 6-0 ATS in the past six after an ATS loss.
- NC State is 11-3 ATS in the past 14 home games.
- UNDER is 7-3 in the past 10 road games for Texas Tech.
- UNDER is 7-3 in the past 10 non-conference games for Texas Tech.
- OVER is 4-0 in the past four September games for Texas Tech.
- OVER is 4-1 in the past five games overall for NC State.
- OVER is 6-1 in the past seven home games for NC State.
- OVER is 4-0 in the past four vs. Big 12 for NC State.