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North Carolina State vs. Vanderbilt, 12/31/2012 12:00
Point Spread: +7/-105 North Carolina State
Vanderbilt has been on a run to end the year with six straight wins, but taking a closer look that run isn't nearly as impressive as it sounds. It all started with a win against Auburn, followed by UMass, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Wake Forest. That lineup isn't exactly murderer's row and it showed, the only time the team was an underdog was against Ole Miss, a game they won despite being out gained by nearly 100 yards.
NC State had a disappointing loss back on 11/3 against Virginia, but bounced back with a 37-6 win over Wake Forest, played tough against Clemson while covering the 15 point spread, then finishing the year off with a 17 point win over Boston College. Again, not exactly a stretch that will knock your socks off, but it's not terrible either.
Not many people are going to want to back the Wolfpack, even getting a touchdown here. You have to look at the Commodores being seven-point favorites and shake your head a little. The three teams they laid this much wood against was Presbyterian, Umass, and Wake Forest. I think NC State is a few steps up in class than those three teams.
***New Year's Eve Bowl action is LOCKED AND LOADED! Jimmy Boyd has his Vegas Insider game going on Georgia Tech/USC and follows that up with a 5* NO BRAINER on the Tulsa/Iowa State game!***