2015 Belk Bowl Preview

How often do teams meet in a bowl game when it's the last game for both starting QBs? Photo Courtesy: Belk Bowl Facebook Page
How often do teams meet in a bowl game when it’s the last game for both starting QBs?
Photo Courtesy: Belk Bowl Facebook Page

By Craig Fields

Game Info
NC State Wolfpack vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs
Wednesday – December 30 – 2:30 pm CT
TV: ESPN
Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, North Carolina

Records Before the Game
NC State Wolfpack (7-5, 3-5 ACC)
Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4, 4-4 SEC)

This will be the Bulldogs quarterback, Dak Prescott last game in uniform, ending one of the best careers in SEC history. Highly touted as one of the best dual threat quarterbacks college football, Prescott led his team with outstanding and jaw dropping plays with his arm and his legs.

He leads his team in rushing yards at 541 and 10 touchdowns. He also completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,413 yards, 25 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He rarely makes mistakes and is capable of making dynamic plays off of a mere quarterback scramble or broken play.

Prescott, a two time Conerly Trophy award winner given to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi, joined Eli Manning as the only two to win the award twice since its creation in 1996. Prescott also had the honor of winning the Senior CLASS trophy which is given to the best college senior football player.

On the flip side of the quarterback coin is the Wolfpack signal caller, Jacoby Brissett. Who is also suiting up one last time. Brissett is a very capable, above average quarterback who completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,448 yards, 19 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He is also not afraid to run the rock and scramble for positive yardage. He totaled over 300 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns. The best way to describe Brissett is that he will not lose the game for you. He is a bit more conservative in that he does not take many shots down the field. However, in his last game as a college quarterback, things may be change. In the last game of the regular season against 10th ranked North Carolina, the Brissett really opened up on the ground and rushed for 128 yards. He also passed for over 200 yards and two more touchdowns in the air.

I think Brissett is the kind of quarterback that does not try to do too much unnecessarily, which may have cost his team at least one game this season against Louisville. The 6′ 4″ quarterback has all the measurables to be a great NFL prospect, but his ability to make the pass is still something that is up for discussion.

For the Wolfpack to win this game Brissett will need to take chances, and not only take those chances but deliver as well. However, I do not think that will happen in this game. Even though the game will be in North Carolina, and Brissett undoubtedly has the homefield advantage, I think Prescott’s willingness to take chances and ability to make all the throws will help his team to win the game in what should be a hostile environment.

Prediction: Bulldogs 37 – Wolfpack 27