Updated September 19, 2023By Chris Boline
What: Two Division I NCAA college football games in week four of the 2023-24 NCAA football season
Who: Wisconsin at Purdue and NC State at Virginia
When: Friday, September 22, 2023
Where: Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia
The NCAA football season is roaring on as some teams are entering conference play and looking to get an edge in some early season contests. In Big Ten country, Wisconsin takes on Purdue in West Lafayette. The Badgers are coming off a thrashing of Georgia Southern at home, 35-14, while Purdue is looking to rebound from a loss to Syracuse at home, 35-20. Meanwhile, another early conference game is set for action on Friday as ACC foes NC State and Virginia square off. The Wolfpack travel to face the 0-3 Cavaliers on the road as the latter are looking for their first win of the year. Moreover, the former are on the hunt for some more momentum following an emphatic 45-7 win over the VMI Keydets.
In this report, SBS will be going over what to look for from each of these teams along with a predicted winner and more notes about NCAA football wagering.
NCAA Football Week Four GamesThe Pick
Wiscoinsin at PurdueWisconsin ML-110-110-110NC State at VirginiaNC State ML-110-110-110
Team Spotlight: Wisconsin
The Badgers are hoping for a big year this season and a win over Purdue on the road would do wonders for the team’s confidence. While they were upended against Washington State two weeks ago in Pullman, 31-22, they were still able to rebound against the Eagles. Badgers quarterback Tanner Mordecai has already thrown for over 700 yards on the season and running back Chez Mellusi is closing in on 300 yards already on the year. A truly more run-heavy offense, the Badgers average over 200 yards a game and also give up less than 100 yards on the ground each contest.
Team Spotlight: Purdue
Meanwhile, the Boilermakers feature their own signal-caller that can sling it around the field in quarterback Hudson Card. The junior from Austin, Texas has thrown for 825 yards on the year along with three passing scores. If he can keep piling up yards, but also get into the end zone more consistently, then Purdue might be able to pull off some more games throughout the year. His favorite target this season thus far has been wide receiver Deion Burks who already has three receiving scores on the year. Purdue’s offense has not been the problem this season as they average nearly 400 yards a game, but their defense could tighten up, as they allow over 400 yards a game as well.
Prediction: This one should be closer than people expect, but take Wisconsin to win on the road and get some more early-season momentum.
Wisconsin MLTo win vs. Purdue
Team Spotlight: NC State
As referenced above, the Wolfpack were able to blast past the Keydets at home last week, 45-7, giving them a rebound performance from the week prior, a 45-24 loss to Notre Dame. Quarterback Brennan Armstrong has been serviceable for NC State this year, throwing for three scores, along with 679 yards on the season, but also tossing three picks as well. However, Armstrong is also the leading rusher for the Wolfpack with 161 total rushing yards and another three scores. This week’s game against the Cavaliers will be a bigger test than VMI, but his dual-threat ability will be much needed on the road.
Team Spotlight: Virginia
The Cavaliers have had some bumpy games this season with losses at home to Tennessee (49-13) and James Madison (a stunning 36-35 upset). Moreover, Virginia was just throttled by Maryland, 42-14. However, this could be the bounce-back game that the Cavaliers have been looking for with an opportunity to right the ship at home. Virginia wide receiver Malik Washington has been their most consistent playmaker on offense with 289 receiving yards on just 18 receptions along with one score. Moreover, the Cavaliers’ weak point this year has been their rushing offense, averaging only 68 yards per game.
Prediction: Early conference matchups can be dicey, but take NC State here to win given the disorganization of the Cavalier offense.
NC State MLTo win at Virginia
Even more notes and information about your NCAAF wagers
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About the Author
As a devout aficionado of sports, Chris Boline has carved a career within the athletic realm. A skilled scribe, he boasts a decade-long portfolio that encompasses coverage of the NBA G League, the Los Angeles Chargers, football in the Mountain West Conference, and basketball.
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