The North Carolina Tar Heels must have liked what the Miami Hurricanes did last week to the Duke Blue Devils, but don’t expect Sam Howell and company to be friendly against the Canes this coming weekend. The same case for Hurricanes, who are still looking to grab at least the second spot in the ACC standings. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the North Carolina Tar Heels vs Miami Hurricanes NCAA Week 15 College Football Game on December 12, 2020
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens
When: Saturday, December 12, 2020, 3:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the North Carolina Tar Heels (+3)
Record: 7-3 Overall / 6-3 Conference
The Tar Heels rebounded from their 31-17 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Nov. 27 by beating the lights out of the Western Carolina Catamounts last Saturday at home, to the tune of a 49-9 score. However, the Tar Heels failed to cover the huge spread as a 49.5-point favorite. Up against an overmatched opponent, Sam Howell and the Tar Heels’ offense compiled an astounding total of 540 yards. Howell, who’s one of the best players in the ACC, went 20 of 23 for 287 passing yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions. The high-powered offense of North Carolina is always going to present at least a significant challenge to opposing teams. Miami is not an elite defensive team this season despite the effort it put up last Saturday in Chapel Hill. The Hurricanes have even allowed three passing touchdown games three times this season, an encouraging sign for North Carolina’s passing attack that entered the Catamounts game 16th in the nation with 318.7 passing yards per game.
The over is 2-0 in North Carolina’s last two games away from home.
Betting on the Miami Hurricanes (-3)
Record: 8-1 Overall / 7-1 Conference
The Hurricanes laid waste in Chapel Hill last Saturday, as they left the Duke Blue Devils in shambles following a 48-0 win. D’Eriq King passed for 248 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions on 16-of-24 completions. Running back Cam’Ron Harris rushed 15 times for two touchdowns, and wide receiver Mike Harley paced the Hurricanes with 105 receiving yards and a touchdown on just two receptions. Miami has enough bullets to engage the Tar Heels in a shootout, but if that’s going to be the case, then the defense is going to be the difference in this game, and it appears that the Hurricanes have an advantage in that department. Miami just recorded five takeaways against Duke. North Carolina, despite its dominant win over Western Carolina, had three turnovers in last Saturday’s game.
Miami is 3-1 against the spread in its last four home games overall.
Miami wins, 37-31.
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