Belk Bowl Picks: High-Powered Offenses Make Our Expert Lean 'Over' in NC St. vs. Mississippi St.

Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, December 17, 2015 3:39 PM GMT

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 3:39 PM GMT

The Belk Bowl will feature a clash between the NC St. Wolfpack and the Mississippi St. Bulldogs. Our NFL odds handicapper shares his insight regarding this bowl game. Don't miss it!

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Free College Football Pick: OVER 59
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

NC State vs. Mississippi St. (-5/59) 3:30 ET ESPN
This is another ACC vs. SEC Bowl matchup. This one features NC State (the ACC representative) against visiting Mississippi St. of the SEC.  The game will be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The 3:30 ET kickoff will be televised by ESPN. Each of these teams features senior leadership at the signal caller position. Both are dual threats with QB Brissett leading the Wolfpack attack and Mississippi St. being guided by Dak Prescott. 

 

Mississippi State
It was little more than a year ago that Mississippi St. ascended to the No. 1 spot in the land after a 9-0 SU start to the 2014 season. But the 1-3 SU finish to last year, combined with the return of only 8 starters from that team, left the Bulldogs a shell of who they were in 2014. Though they feature an 8-4 SU record, they had only 1 quality SEC win on their slate. That was a dramatic (51-50) heart-stopper against Arkansas, November 21st. Against the other 4 quality teams they faced in league play, they lost by 2 to LSU, 13 to Texas A&M, 25 to Alabama and 11 in the season-ending Egg Bowl defeat at the hands of rival Ole Miss. The defense stayed steady at 22 PPG from last season. But, there was decline on the offensive side of the ball from 37/514 to 33/451. But, you can’t blame multi-dimensional senior QB Prescott for any inadequacies. He performed with aplomb the entire season with many game-saving and game-changing plays. In a celebration of his career, I look for another outstanding performance in Charlotte today! 

 

NC State
Unlike the Mississippi St. defense, the Wolfpack’s stop unit made major improvement this season. Last year, the Pack allowed 27/373. This year, that improved to 27/332. Much like today’s opponent, their show revolved around veteran signal caller, QB Jacoby Brissett. With him at the controls, the Pack was a 200 CLUB offensive member, averaging 34 PPG. Following a season-ending (45-34) home loss to in-state rival, N. Carolina (similar to Mississippi St.), the Wolfpack finished 7-5 SU on the season. Losses were to Louisville, VA Tech, Clemson, Florida St. and N. Carolina. There was not a quality win on the ticket. They will have much to prove playing in their home state against an SEC opponent.

 

The Pick
Look for one of the more entertaining Bowl Games of the season, when high-powered offenses and dynamic signal callers meet in Charlotte.  Each of these teams will consider the meeting to be a meaningful reward for a winning season. I invite you to put the college football odds in your favor and join me with my college football pick on the OVER in this year’s Belk Bowl.

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