Friday, November 6, 2020, Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. ET
Hurricanes at Wolfpack Betting Preview: Hurricanes (-9.5), Wolfpack (+9.5)
Miami Hurricanes Betting Preview
The No. 11 Hurricanes (5-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won their last two games since losing at No. 1 Clemson and are coming off a bye week as they head to Raleigh for a Friday night conference game against North Carolina State.
“We feel good to be at this part of the season and to be at 5-1,” Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz said. “It promises to be an exciting and challenging stretch run.”
Houston transfer D’Eriq King has had a huge role in the Hurricanes’ success, averaging 283.7 yards a game in total offense. He has 11 touchdown passes against four interceptions and has rushed for 301 yards and two touchdowns.
“I think every week our players believe we have a chance to win because he’s our quarterback.” Diaz said.
A key for the Hurricanes could come down to their wide receivers. They still need a “go-to” guy to complement tight end Brevin Jordan (16 catches, 243 yards in just four games).
Michael Harley had a nice game against Virginia with 10 catches for 170 yards to assume the team lead in receiving (27-344) but needs to show consistency in that production.
Cam’Ron Harris leads the Hurricanes in rushing, but freshmen Donald Chaney Jr. (166 yards) and Jaylan Knighton (159) could be in line for expanded time.
North Carolina State Wolfpack Betting Preview
The Wolfpack (4-2, 4-2 ACC) are looking to bounce back from a 48-21 thumping from instate rival North Carolina that snapped their winning streak at three games. The Wolfpack were off last week.
“I think the most important thing in defeat is how you respond,” NC State coach Dave Doeren said. “I think that’s something this football team takes a lot of pride in. We’ve handled a lot of adversity this year, and this team has stuck together through all of it. I don’t expect it to be any different moving forward.”
Ricky Person Jr. is expected to be available for the Wolfpack after sustaining a concussion at North Carolina. He is No. 2 in rushing for the ‘Pack with 335 yards behind Zonovan Knight’s 406.
The biggest question looming for NC State is at quarterback, where junior Bailey Hockman has started in place of injured Devin Leary. Even with Leary likely out for the rest of the season following surgery for a broken leg, Hockman’s status is challenged because of the potential of true freshman Ben Finley.
“It’s Bailey’s opportunity,” Doeren said. “He has been through a lot. I know he’s excited to lead the football team and he’ll do a great job for us.”
Hockman has completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 531 yards with four interceptions to three touchdown passes in four games.
Hurricanes at Wolfpack Betting Pick for November 6, 2020
The two teams have met only five times since Miami joined the ACC in 2004. The Hurricanes have won the last two meetings, though the last was four years ago by a 27-13 score. Miami’s last win in Raleigh was in 2012 by a 44-37 count. Overall, the Hurricanes lead the series 9-5-1.
Hurricanes at Wolfpack Betting Pick:
Miami 31, Wolfpack 20
Hurricanes at Wolfpack Best Bet for November 6, 2020
Both teams are coming off an open date, but only Miami’s last appearance was a win. The Hurricanes got by Virginia 19-14 on Oct. 24 while the Wolfpack lost to North Carolina 48-21. Both teams average in the 30s (Miami 32.8, NC State 31.5). Miami’s defense is stingier, allowing 22.2 points a game to NC State’s 34.2.
Hurricanes at Wolfpack Best Bet: UNDER 57.5