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North Carolina State vs. Syracuse 11/28/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The North Carolina State visits Syracuse on 11/28/2020 at 12:00PM.

North Carolina State and Syracuse face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. North Carolina State has a record of 6-3 this season. Syracuse is 1-8 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

North Carolina State Team Defense Preview

North Carolina State has had 112 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.83 plays per drive. North Carolina State lets opponents run a lot of plays per drive and in the Fourth Quarter, this team could be gassed. North Carolina State has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. North Carolina State opponents pass the football 52.22% of the time.North Carolina State tends to face teams that prefer to air it out or opponents want to air it out against them.

North Carolina State opponents have struggled with running the ball and this defense has crushed the spirits of their opponents with zero or negative yard plays. 4th and Short is not a cake walk against this defense, maybe passing on 4th and Short or having some sort of RPO is the way to go here because if an Offensive Coordinator thinks that they can just line and run a Quarterback Sneak or hand it off to a tailback, they are mistaken. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.82 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. North Carolina State is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

North Carolina State Team Offense Preview

North Carolina State has had 114 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 4.99 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, North Carolina State is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. North Carolina State is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Passing plays make up 47.98% of their play calls.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

North Carolina State is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.58 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the North Carolina State Offense. Front sevens are causing an average amount of trouble for the Offense. North Carolina State is a better passing team than running team this season.

Syracuse Team Defense Preview

Syracuse has had 111 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.87 plays per drive. Syracuse lets opponents run a lot of plays per drive and in the Fourth Quarter, this team could be gassed. Syracuse has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Passing plays make up 44.48% of their opponents’ play calls.Their opponents favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, this defense is too porous to limit those choices. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.98 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. This is also a team that is allowing running backs and quarterbacks to get to the second-level in an average fashion. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Syracuse has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Syracuse Team Offense Preview

Syracuse has had 106 total drives this season and they generate 4.29 plays per drive. Relatively speaking, Syracuse is not a team that runs many plays per drive. The offense is either prone to faltering and struggles to notch first downs or extremely explosive, we will need to find out a bit more to get answers. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Syracuse passes the football 58.02% of the time.This is an Air Raid Offense team, they are going to pass the ball a lot and running plays are only used to keep opponents honest.

Syracuse struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.68 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the Syracuse Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Syracuse has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The North Carolina State Roster

The Players to Watch for North Carolina State

Bailey Hockman QB 6-2 200

This season, Bailey Hockman has put up 1198 yards and 8 touchdowns. He has thrown 7 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 132.7thus far this season. Bailey Hockman has thrown 7 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Bailey Hockman has 12.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 42.62 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 40.0 times this season, which puts him in the 79.67 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 3.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Zonovan Knight RB 5-11 206

This season, Zonovan Knight has 641 rushing yards on 113 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 7 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Zonovan Knight picked up 145 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 18 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Emeka Emezie WR 6-3 220

This season, Emeka Emezie picked up 570 yards. He caught the ball 32 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 4 receiving touchdowns this season.

Alim McNeill DT 6-2 320

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for North Carolina State, Alim McNeill has 22 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 4 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 91.08 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 77.7 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Terrell Dawkins DE 6-5 255

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for North Carolina State, Terrell Dawkins has 29 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 10 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 98.89 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 5 times this season, which put him in the 97.25 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 2 fumbles this season.

Jakeen Harris S 5-10 189.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for North Carolina State, Jakeen Harris had 54 tackles which puts him in the 98.03 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 75.36 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Jakeen Harris as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 85.62 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Cecil Powell CB 6-0 210

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for North Carolina State, Cecil Powell had 43 tackles which puts him in the 97.86 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 92.66 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Cecil Powell as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes last season, which puts him in the 38.07 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Syracuse Roster

The Players to Watch for Syracuse

Tommy Devito QB 6-2 221

This season, Tommy Devito has put up 593 yards and 4 touchdowns. He has thrown 2 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 111.5thus far this season. Tommy Devito has thrown 2 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Tommy Devito has 23.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 51.97 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 43.0 times this season, which puts him in the 82.3 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Sean Tucker RB 5-10 202

This season, Sean Tucker has 507 rushing yards on 98 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 3 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Sean Tucker picked up 61 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 4 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Taj Harris WR 6-2 164

This season, Taj Harris picked up 518 yards. He caught the ball 37 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 4 receiving touchdowns this season.

Josh Black DL 6-3 282

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Syracuse, Josh Black has 35 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 3 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 80.1 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 83.9 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Garrett Williams DB 5-11 184.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Syracuse, Garrett Williams had 52 tackles which puts him in the 97.85 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 3 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 95.56 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 1 times last season. Garrett Williams as a ball hawker was able to pick off 2 passes last season, which puts him in the 95.39 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

North Carolina State vs. Syracuse Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: North Carolina State 32 Syracuse 21

Spread Pick: Syracuse +15.5 -108 Heritage
Moneyline Pick: North Carolina State -575 5Dimes
Total Pick: Over 50 -108 BetOnline