Every Thursday during the season, Bill Connelly, Preston Johnson, Doug Kezirian and Phil Steele will provide their top plays across the college football landscape.
Here are their best bets for the second full week of the college football season:
Season ATS records:
Connelly: 6-0 (3-0 last week)
Kezirian: 7-4 (3-3 last week)
Johnson: 3-6 (0-3 last week)
Steele: 3-9 (2-5 last week)
Note: Picks from Caesars Sportsbook lines as of Wednesday night.
NC State Wolfpack (-6.5) at West Virginia Mountaineers
Connelly: Yes, West Virginia is a step up from two directional Carolinas, but NC State has looked really strong this year, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Wolfpack allowed just six combined points to ECU and Western Carolina, and are 15th in success rate allowed, fifth against the run.
West Virginia is just 127th in success rate and 130th in rushing, and freshman receiver Sam James was the only player who could do anything even slightly efficient against Missouri last week. Unless some big-play options emerge, WVU is going to struggle to score. SP+ projects a 34-24 NC State win, and while 24-14 feels more likely to me, we're still talking about more than a TD margin.
ATS pick: NC State -6.5
SP+ projection: NCST 34, WVU 24
Steele: After being held to 294 yards offense by James Madison