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North Carolina State's State's Jaylen Samuels celebrates after scoring on a one-yard touchdown run during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Furman Saturday Sept. 16,2017 at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh N.C. (Ethan Hyman

NC State Wolfpack vs Florida State Seminoles Preview

The match between the Seminoles and Cardinals will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night at Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium and will be broadcast live on the Regional Sports Networks of Fox Sports, as well as on WatchESPN. Now, the Seminoles must regroup and get ready for ACC Conference foes N.C. State. Samuels has caught a pass in 37 straight games and tied a school record with 15 in a season-opening loss to SC.

He has 220 receiving yards and two touchdowns this year, and has accounted for 37 career touchdowns (16 in 2016).

Nyheim Hines did most of the work between the 20's, while Samuels recorded three red zone scores. In fact, Samuels leads the team in receptions with 26. Last Saturday, he did just that. Additionally, Finley's 75.6 completion percentage ranks No. 1 among ACC quarterbacks.

Kelvin Harmon is the Wolfpack's number one wide out. What kind of quarterback is James Blackman and what can we expect to see from him in this one? Combined with Jaylen Samuels, Ryan Finley has a couple of nice targets in the passing game. NC State has faced 93 rushing attempts through the first three games and has limited opponents to just 2.9 yards per rush. Francois tore his patella tendon while being sacked in the fourth quarter of the season-opening loss at Alabama.

"Well, we've got fourteen players; seven of them facing the Gators for the first time".

The 'Noles September 9 game against Lousiana-Monroe was canceled due to Hurricane Irma, while their annual rivalry matchup against Miami has been postponed to October 7. Any time a team takes a loss, they have the itch to get back on the field and make up for it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, he also threw two interceptions. They also struggled on special teams having a punt blocked, a field goal blocked and a fumble on a kickoff return. "They've never been 21 days without playing before". Akers rushed 10 times for 30 yards, several of those featuring ankle-breaking moves against Alabama defenders.

BD: With the unpredictability of Florida State's offense, this contest figures to be a tight low scoring affair in the first half.

In the second set, the Florida State defense kept the Noles in the match, but Florida's offense still proved to be too much for them. Facing Alabama in their opener wasn't easy but they did manage to hold them down.

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Kidd-Glass has earned trust with his recent form and Monday's depth chart for the Florida State game lists both him and Wright as starters. Nobody has seen James Blackmon play at this level. That's why it's hard to get a read on just how effective their passing attack will be. I expect that the Seminoles will look to run the ball early and often to make things simpler for their new signal-caller.

It is hard to tell whether the lack of film on the Seminoles and Blackman will benefit or hurt N.C. State. It's also an instate matchup of programs separated by about 90 miles. "We can get them to really do the things we're asking them to do". That is why I am suggesting that you make your play on the under 51.5 right now before it drops to 48. He sat out a year ago with a knee injury, but seems to have worked his way back into a good place. Take N.C. State to cover the 13 and also take the under 51.1.

The Wolfpack are 20-4 ATS in their last 24 games following a bye week.

The Seminoles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

One thing to watch for the Seminoles will be at quarterback.

The Over is 4-0 in the Wolfpack last 4 games overall.

Samuels is hoping that the Wolfpack (2-1) can finally get a big conference road game. After the Week 2 game was scrapped, all eyes turned to Week 3.

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