NC State opens as Vegas underdog at Miami in Week 8 – 247Sports

Coming off a dominant 33-7 victory this past Saturday against Boston College, the 18th ranked Wolfpack will now travel to Miami for their 2nd consecutive late night road game to take on the Hurricanes.

Vegas has the Pack as 2.5-point underdogs to begin the second half of the college football season with the over/under set at 52.5 for the contest.

Miami comes into this game (2-4, 0-2 ACC) as losers of two in a row, a far cry from what many believed to be an ACC Championship contending team during the preseason. In the Hurricanes’ most recent game, they were unable to complete a fourth quarter comeback, falling to UNC, 45-42. The Hurricanes have also been defeated by Alabama, Michigan State, and Virginia with their victories coming over Appalachian State and Central Connecticut State.

The Hurricanes suffered an early season blow when starting quarterback and Houston transfer D’Eriq King was lost for the season due to shoulder surgery. Since then Freshman Tyler Van Dyke has taken over the reigns of the offense. In his two starts the freshman has thrown for 467 yards completing his passes at a 47.3% clip. Van Dyke has also tallied for two touchdowns and has thrown 3 interceptions in his first two starts.

When looking at the other side of the ball the numbers don’t look great for the Hurricanes either. Across their first six games, the Hurricanes have given up an average of 385 yards a game, which ranks 9th in the ACC.

The overall matchup history favors the Hurricanes (10-5-1) with the most recent contest resulting in a Pack loss last year 44-41 inside Carter Finley. The last win the Pack have over the Hurricanes came in 2008 with Russell Wilson under center.

One thing to watch for this Saturday is Wolfpack kicker Christopher Dunn. Dunn is one point away from breaking the NC State all-time scoring lead. Just this past Saturday wide receiver Emeka Emezie broke the school’s all-time receptions record, and could easily be joined by Dunn this week.

This matchup continues a streak of ACC games as fellow conference running mates Wake Forest and Clemson come out with victories leaving them in the mix in the ACC Atlantic division with Pittsburgh as the lead team in the Coastal.

The Wolfpack will take on the Hurricanes at 7:30 PM this Saturday on ESPN2 at Hard Rock Stadium.

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