Thursday, September 16, 2010

NC State-Cincinnati Preview: 3 Reasons To Like Each Team

Cincinnati and NC State square off on Thursday night in Raleigh on ESPN. The Wolfpack are off to a 2-0 start after beating Western Carolina and Central Florida in what is a crucial season for head coach Tom O'Brien.

A win against the Bearcats could set the stage for a run in the wide open ACC Atlantic that would ease concerns about the temperature of O'Brien's seat.

Here are three reasons to like each team on Thursday night.

3 Reasons To Like NC State

1. Home Field Advantage
But more than just the home field, NC State also has a preparation time advantage. The Bearcats played on Saturday and will have to spend Wednesday traveling to Raleigh leaving just three days for Cincinnati to prepare.

2. Success Against the Big East
Despite finishing 5-7, State beat Big East runner up Pitt at home last year. Cincinnati is just 8-29 against the ACC.

3. More Offense, More Defense
Tom O'Brien's team is averaging more points and yards on offense this season and less points and yards on defense than Cincinnati is against a similar strength of schedule.

3 Reason to Like Cincinnati

1. Less Wear and Tear
The Bearcats played Indiana State on Saturday in a relatively easy contest. Meanwhile, State had a tough contest against Central Florida on the road. O'Brien was none too pleased with the scheduling by the ACC who caved to ESPN's desires.

2. UCF Win Was Misleading
The Knights out gained the Wolfpack by 69 yards, but still lost by seven points.

3. ATS Trends
Jones was 5-2 as an Away Dog in his last two seasons at Central Michigan. Meanwhile, O'Brien is just 2-4 ATS as a home favorite.

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