NC State could not have asked for a better start to their season. The Wolfpack opened the season against South Florida and dominated, winning 45-0. The Wolfpack had answers on both sides of the ball when it came to taming the Bulls.
Mississippi State was a different story. The Bulldogs were involved in a "dog fight" last week against Louisiana Tech, prevailing in a 35-34 nail-biter.
Find out if the Bulldogs can grind out another close win with our free college football betting picks and predictions for Eastern NC State vs. Mississippi State on Saturday, September 11.
NC State vs Mississippi State odds
Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.
The line opened up at most sportsbooks Mississippi +2. As of writing, the line has moved up to +1. The total opened up at 55.5 and has stayed at 55.5 at most books.
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NC State vs Mississippi State picks
Picks made on 9/10/2021 at 1:25 a.m. ET.
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NC State vs Mississippi State game info
• Location: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS
• Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
• Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
• TV: ESPN 2
NC State vs Mississippi State betting preview
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NC State: No injuries to report
Mississippi State: Malik Heath WR (Probable), Trip Wilson WR (Questionable)
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Betting trend to know
The Over is 7-1 in Mississippi State’s last eight non-conference games. Find more NCAA betting trends for NC State vs. Mississippi State.
NC State vs Mississippi State predictions
Mississippi State +1 (-110)
If you told me at the beginning of the season that Mississippi State would be a dog at home in Week 2 against NC State, I’d call you crazy. But, the unthinkable has happened — NC State is the favorite.
64 percent of the public is betting on the Wolfpack based on Covers Consensus. Having the public bet the other side and the line going down is always music to my ears. As bettors, we are gaining value with an SEC team over an ACC team. This situation does not happen often!
I understand this is a good team in NC State. The main issue is which version of them comes out to play. We saw a Wolfpack team that steamrolled a bad South Florida team. Now, they have to play a very potent offensive team in the SEC.
In my opinion, Mississippi State got the more challenging opponent last week. Reality will finally set in for the Wolfpack. I like the Bulldogs to take care of business and win the game outright in a nail-bitter!
Over 55.5 (-110)
NC State will not shut out the Bulldogs. Mississippi State has a proven offensive mindset with Mike Leach. His teams will put up points in the air, regardless of who is at quarterback. When he was at Washington State, he made Luke Falk a respectable quarterback throwing at least 90 touchdowns total in his last three years. During Leach's career, he has averaged 35 points per game, regardless of the quarterback on his team.
NC State brought back a solid offensive line that will give the offense time to execute. Zonovan Knight led the team in rushing with 163 yards last week and should be able to produce similar numbers against Mississippi State's rush defense. The Bulldogs allowed 268 yards on the ground against Louisiana Tech. This should allow the Wolfpack to score points more easily.
This game should be an old-fashioned shootout in Starkville. The Over is 5-0 in NC State's last 5 games as a road favorite. They know they will need to put up points in this game to contend, and thus should have no problem pushing the Over.
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