The UCLA Bruins (8-4) and the 18th-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack (9-3) meet Tuesday for the first time in more than 60 years in the 2021 Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The Bruins won both previous meetings, beating N.C. State 21-12 in 1959 and 7-0 in 1960, with both games in Los Angeles.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET at Petco Park. The Wolfpack are two-point favorites in the latest UCLA vs. N.C. State Holiday Bowl odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 60.5. (See the latest college football lines for the upcoming bowl games on our college football odds page.)
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The model has taken into account that N.C. State has one of the nation's top 20 passing offenses, averaging 288.4 yards per game through the air. QB Devin Leary has thrown for 4,433 yards and 35 TDs, with just five interceptions. The Wolfpack have three receivers with more than 500 yards, led by Emeka Emezie with 802. Thayer Thomas (596) has a team-high eight receiving TDs, and Devin Carter averages 17.9 yards per catch. The N.C. State defense allows 331.7 yards (23rd in FBS) and less than 20 points per game (18th).
The model also has considered that UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson runs the nation's 12th-best rushing attack. RB Zach Charbonnet has rushed for 1,137 yards and 13 TDs, while Thompson-Robinson has 609 yards and nine scores. The quarterback also has 2,409 passing yards and 21 TDs, throwing just six interceptions. The Bruins defense is better against the run (126.8 ypg, 29th in FBS) than the pass (260.2, 111th). The unit will be missing top tackler Qwuantrezz Knight, who is out with COVID.
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