Originally posted on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 12/27/11
Louisville (7-5) vs. N.C. State (7-5) When: 8 p.m. Where: Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium (73,778) Line: N.C. State by 1.5. The snap: Louisville comes into the game having won five of its last six contests and playing much better than it did earlier in the season. The Cardinals are quite young, so experience for the greener players has paid off. They werent very good early in the season, which included narrow wins over Murray State and Kentucky and a loss at home to Florida International. Among the wins later in the campaign is a 38-35 decision over West Virginia. The Wolfpack was awful early but played much better toward the end of the season, as well. In part, it was due to injured players returning, but also the improved play of several players, including quarterback Mike Glennon. States defense is extremely opportunistic, led by cornerback Dave Amerson, who leads the nation with 11 interceptions. Common opponents: U if L lost at North Carolina14-7, State beat UNC 13-0; Louisville lost at Cincinnati 25-16, State lost at UC 44-14. But the edge here goes to NCSU because its defense will make more plays, better QB play, and the game is in its home state. Forecast: N.C. State, 26-17. Andrew Jones record last week (4-4), for the season (65-33)
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