Free College Football Picks Today: North Carolina Tar Heels vs North Carolina State Wolfpack 11/25/22

Free College Football Picks Today: North Carolina Tar Heels vs North Carolina State Wolfpack 11/25/22
Fri 25th November 2022

The North Carolina State University Wolfpack (7-4, 3-4 ACC) and No. 18 University of North Carolina Tar Heels (9-2, 6-1 ACC) face off Friday at Kenan Memorial Stadium for their regular season finales. The Tar Heels are 6.5-point favorites, and the total is 56.

North Carolina State is coming off a 25-10 loss to Louisville at Cardinal Stadium on Saturday. Ben Finley threw for 201 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Jordan Houston ran eight times for 41 yards. Darryl Jones caught four passes for 60 yards. North Carolina lost 21-17 to Georgia Tech at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Drake Maye was 16 of 30 for 202 yards and an interception.

Elijah Green carried 10 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns. Bryson Nesbit caught four receptions for 85 yards.


The Wolfpack won the only game between the teams last season, a 34-30 victory in November. Devin Leary threw four touchdowns for North Carolina State, as Emeka Emezie scored twice.


The Wolfpack are averaging 24.9 points per game for the season, 87th in FBS, and they are facing a Tar Heels defense that has surrendered 30.4 PPG (104th). Meanwhile, North Carolina has scored 38.0 points a game this season, 13th in the nation, and North Carolina State is allowing 18.7 PPG (15th).

The Wolfpack rank 85th in the nation in passing yards per game (218.1) and 101st in rushing (126.6). Look for them to exploit a matchup advantage through the air, as the Tar Heels are 116th in the country in passing yards allowed per game (273.2). Against the run, North Carolina is 98th (179.7).

North Carolina has been one of the nation’s top passing teams, averaging 328.9 passing yards per game (6th), while ranking 57th in rushing yards (163.8). The Wolfpack are allowing 222.6 passing yards (68th) and 100.7 rushing yards per game (9th).


Through six games, Devin Leary has thrown for 11 touchdowns (4 INT) and 210.8 yards per game to lead North Carolina State in passing. In two away games this season, he has two TDs (2 INT) and an average of 228.0 yards passing.

Jordan Houston leads the team in rushing with an average of 50.0 yards a game over 10 games. Thayer Thomas is the Wolfpack’s leading receiver with 53.3 yards a game and four TDs. Drake Maye has 34 passing touchdowns (4 INT) with 328.5 yards per game through 11 games to lead North Carolina.

In five home games this season, he has thrown for 18 TDs (1 INT) and an average of 309.6 yards. Drake Maye also leads the team in rushing with an average of 54.3 yards per game. He has five touchdowns on the ground. Josh Downs has been a key target in the Tar Heels’ passing game. He has 11 touchdowns and a 97.6 yard per game average through nine appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

UNC (-250)

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