North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Miami Hurricanes Betting Preview
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens
When: Saturday, October 15, 3:30 PM ET
Line: North Carolina Tar Heels (+7.5) vs. Miami Hurricanes (-7.5); total: 64.5 – view all NCAA Football odds and lines
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Betting on the North Carolina Tar Heels (+7.5)
The Tar Heels saw their four-game win streak snapped last week with a disappointing 34-3 loss to Virginia Tech. Despite the loss, however, the Tar Heels can still end up first in the Coastal Division of the ACC. That’ll be a harder thing to do if North Carolina loses to Miami this week.
Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky had a very bad day at the office against Virginia Tech, as he passed for only 58 yards with two interceptions on 13-for-33 completions. Trubisky, however, can definitely play better than the one that showed up last Saturday, as evidenced by his 1,769 passing yards—second most in the conference.
The Tar Heels should also get a shot in the arm with the news of running back Elijah Hood’s return to action after missing the Virginia Tech game with a concussion. Hood tops the team with 67.6 rushing yards per game. As a whole, the Tar Heels average 125.5 yards rushing.
North Carolina is 6-4 ATS in its last 10 games away from Chapel Hill.
Betting on the Miami Hurricanes (-7.5)
Coming off a tough 20-19 loss to Florida State last week, Brad Kaaya and the Hurricanes will look to bounce back and keep their chances of winning the Coastal alive.
Miami’s offense had its problems against the Noles. Brad Kaaya had ust 214 passing yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception on 19-of-32 completions. Stacey Coley caught both of Kaaya’s touchdown lobs while the backfield tandem of Mark Walton and Joe Yearby couldn’t get much going on the ground. The two had 39 rushing yards apiece.
North Carolina’s not much of a defensive team, allowing 31.5 points per game and 426.3 total yards, both ranking near the bottom of the conference. So, expect a bit of a bounce-back game from the Canes attack.
Over at the other side of the ball, Miami will be looking to apply tremendous pressure on North Carolina’s Trubisky. Miami’s pass rush has been solid this year with 18.0 sacks to date. Conversely, Trubisky’s protection unit hasn’t been that impressive, allowing 12.0 sacks already on the season.
With Hood probably not 100 percent healthy, forcing North Carolina to pound the ball on its backfield is an enticing option for Miami.
Miami is 4-2 ATS in its last six meetings with UNC.
Miami (-7.5) wins, 32-24.
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