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. While NC State was not exactly top dog last season, they did wrap up the year with a winning record of 8-4. Meanwhile, coming off of an uninspired 1-8 last-season record, South Florida has set their aspirations higher this year.
A couple last-season defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: 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 squad 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 18.5-point margin of victory. A victory 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 18.5-point favorite against the Bulls, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Wolfpack as a 17.5-point favorite.
This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.