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NC State vs. Louisville
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 8:00 pm
This bowl used to be known as the Meineke Car Care Bowl (now moved to Texas), so what in the world is a “Belk”? No matter, it’s the name of this game which features the Louisville Cardinals and the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Lousiville hasn’t had the greatest of seasons, but they do have momentum on their side, winning 5 of their final 6 games. And, aside from their defense, not much else can be said about Louisville that can be considered “good”. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has passed for a meager 1800 yards and 12 TDs, while Dominique Brown and Victor Anderson fought for the leading rusher spot, averaging 480 yards and 4 TDs between them. Like I said before, their defense has been keeping them in games, with the exception being West Virginia. Expect the Cardinals to tough it out in the trenches to try and win.
NC State has had better luck on the offensive side of the ball, including a comfortable win over then-ranked 7th Clemson. Led by Mike Glennon, the Wolfpack have scored an average of 28 points per game. Leading rusher James Washington helped alleviate some of the pressure on Glennon. Defensively, the Wolfpack have played worse than Louisville on average, but the offense has more than made up for their counterpart’s shortcomings. If Lousiville’s offense somehow scores more than 25 points, they’ll win, but I just don’t know if that is happening. I have Louisville possibly winning this game by a point which basically is about an even game. More times than not when I have the game that close it really comes down to a one score game which can go either way. I am leaning to Louisville since defense does win games. But may need to wait until next week for my final answer. And yes I know what Belk is, my kid goes to Elon in North Carolina and shop at the mall right near the college.