South Florida @ No. 23 NC State
Last Season Records: NC State 8-4; South Florida 1-8
What to Know
The NC State Wolfpack and the South Florida Bulls will face off at 7:30 p.m. ET Sept. 2 at Carter-Finley Stadium to kick off their 2021 seasons. NC State was on the positive side of .500 (8-4) last season and is hoping to kick off an even more successful year. Meanwhile, returning after a rocky 1-8 year, South Florida is aiming to prove that the past does not define them.
A couple last-season defensive stats to keep an eye on: The Wolfpack were 12th best in the nation (top 9%) in sacks, finishing the 2020 season with 32. Less enviably, the Bulls ranked ninth worst in the nation with respect to touchdowns allowed last season, where the team gave up 41. The good news for South Florida, of course, is that these forces working against them might not carry over into the new season.
NC State is the favorite in this one, with an expected 18-point margin of victory. A win is hardly a sure thing, especially this early in the season, so expect a good game.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Carter-Finley Stadium — Raleigh, North Carolina
- TV: ACC Network
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Wolfpack are a big 18-point favorite against the Bulls, according to the latest college football odds.
This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.