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Belk Bowl

Belk Bowl

Dak Prescott, Mississippi State's all-time passing leader, will finish his college career against North Carolina State in the Belk Bowl.

Kickoff: Wednesday, December 30 @ 3:30pm ET
Location: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Additional Read: North Carolina State vs Mississippi State Betting

2015 Belk Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
North Carolina State+7
Mississippi State-7

Odds at 5Dimes

Team Records
North Carolina StateACC7-56-66-6
Mississippi StateSEC8-47-55-7

Belk Bowl Matchup

The December 30 contest at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte involves a pair of senior dual-threat quarterbacks with the Bulldogs' Prescott and the Wolfpack's Jacoby Brissett, whose team will have a de facto home game. Mississippi State, from the Alabama-dominated SEC West, is making its sixth consecutive bowl appearance. North Carolina State, which finished fourth in the ACC Atlantic, is seeking its third win in 24 tries against teams which have finished the season with a winning record.

The Bulldogs, who are 4-2 as an ATS favorite and 3-3 as an underdog on the odds, have taken a step back after earning a Orange Bowl berth in 2014. Prescott has passed for 3,413 yards with a 25-to-4 TD/INT ratio, and is also MSU's leading rusher with 541 and 10 TD. His most frequent targets are junior Fred Ross (81 receptions for 933 yards, 4 TD) and senior De'Runnya Wilson (55-822-9).

In spite of being 103rd in FBS in rushing, MSU averages 33 points and has scored at least 30 in six of their last eight games. The Bulldogs defense has been problematic, allowing 119 points across the final three regular-season games. Generating sudden changes has not been a strength, as it has only 12 takeaways.

The Wolfpack lucked into the short trip to Charlotte, as they were selected over ACC counterpart Pittsburgh, which has a better record. They are 6-2 as an ATS favorite and 0-4 as the underdog. Brissett has 2,448 yards and a 19-to-4 TD/INT ratio, along with five rushing TD. Injuries, including a season-ender for leading rusher Matthew Dayes, have reduced N.C. State's capacity to be explosive offensively. Versatile FB/TE Jaylen Samuels has 914 rushing-receiving yards and 14 total TD, while Brissett often has eyes for WR Jurmichael Ramos (29-382-3) and TE David J. Grinnage (23-272-3).

The N.C. State defense gives up an average of 23.8 points and 333 yards, although those totals are accentuated by a soft non-conference schedule. Senior DE Mike Rose has 10.5 sacks and will be face both senior LT Rufus Warren and junior RT Justin Senior. The Bulldogs' offensive line allowed a combined 17 sacks during November losses to Alabama and Mississippi.

Belk Bowl Betting Trends
  • The favorite is 4-0 SU and ATS in the last four Belk Bowls.
  • Mississippi State is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games in December.
  • Mississippi State is 4-0 SU in its last four games after a loss.
  • The total has gone over in three of Mississippi State's last four games against the Atlantic Coast.
  • North Carolina State is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games after a loss.
  • North Carolina State is 0-4 SU and ATS in its last four games against the Southeast.
  • The total has gone over in North Carolina State's last three games in December.

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Belk Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
2002Continental BowlWest Virginia22Virginia48+5.5VIRGNAVIRGNA
2003Continental BowlPittsburgh16Virginia23-3VIRGNAVIRGNA
2004Continental BowlBoston College37North Carolina24-4BOST.CBOST.C
2005Meineke Car Care BowlSouth Florida0North Carolina State14-3.5N.C.STN.C.ST
2006Meineke Car Care BowlNavy24Boston College25-7.5NAVYBOST.C
2007Meineke Car Care BowlConnecticut10Wake Forest24-2WAKEWAKE
2008Meineke Car Care BowlWest Virginia31North Carolina30+2.5UNCWESTV
2009Meineke Car Care BowlNorth Carolina17Pittsburgh19EvPITTPITT
2010Meineke Car Care BowlSouth Florida31Clemson26-5.5S.FLAS.FLA
2011Belk BowlLouisville24North Carolina State31-1.5N.C.STN.C.ST
2012Belk BowlCincinnati48Duke34+10CINCCINC
2013Belk BowlNorth Carolina39Cincinnati17+2.5UNCUNC
2014Belk BowlLouisville14Georgia37-7GeorgiaGeorgia
2015Belk BowlNorth Carolina State-Mississippi State--7--
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