College Football Betting - NC State Loses Top Linebacker

College football betting odds are usually not impacted by the loss of a defensive player but perhaps they should be.

North Carolina State lost linebacker Nate Irving for the season after he suffered a broken leg, an injured shoulder and a punctured lung in a June 28th car crash. Irvin was perhaps the best player on the North Carolina State team and someone who could impact college football betting online.

College football betting at the online sportsbook has North Carolina State as 7-1 to win the ACC this season. It will be very difficult for the Wolfpack to win the ACC in college football betting without their best player. The accident is a huge blow to NC State for the 2009 college football betting season. It also hurts Irving who will miss the year. "At first it was tough for me to accept it, but as the days go on I have my support team around me and it will get easier," Irving said. "I kind of expected it because of the severity of my injuries, but I kept everything as an option. Right now all I know is I'll be there to support the team." Irving has 136 career tackles as college football betting stats indicate. He led the team with four interceptions last college football betting season even though he missed a few games.

North Carolina State will look to sophomore linebacker Dwayne Maddox to take Irving’s spot as college football betting info shows. Maddox was a true freshman last year and had 32 tackles in nine games including four starts as college football betting stats indicated. Last season the Wolfpack rallied to finish 6-6 in college football betting before losing their bowl game to Rutgers.

North Carolina State has made some strides under head coach Tom O’Brien and they may be improved in college football betting online in 2009. They would have been a lot better though in college football betting online with Irvin in the lineup. College football betting tells us that now NC State will have to hope that Maddox grows up fast and that they can make up for their best player being off the field. North Carolina State is the co-second choice along with Clemson in college football betting to win the ACC Atlantic Division behind Florida State. Both NC State and Clemson are 2-1 at the sports book while Florida State is even money in college football betting online.