ACC leaders Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to continue their winning ways when they take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill this coming Saturday. For the Tar Heels, this is a great chance to propel themselves up in the rankings, and they will need Sam Howell to be at his best to upset Notre Dame at home. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA Week 13 College Football Game on November 27, 2020
Where: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
When: Friday, November 27, 2020, 3:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ABC
Betting on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (-5)
Record: 7-0 Overall / 8-0 Conference
The Fighting Irish remained undefeated after Ian Book and company took down the Boston College Eagles on the road on Nov. 14, 45-31. Book finished that game with 283 passing yards and three touchdowns without an interception on 20-of-27 completions, while the Fighting Irish’s ground attack was relentless on its way to compiling 274 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries. While not flashy, Book has been a steady force under center for Notre Dame, which was also the first — and so far only — team to defeat the Clemson Tigers this season. Notre Dame beat the Tigers a week prior to the Boston College game to the tune of a 47-40 score in a double-overtime victory. North Carolina’s inconsistent defense that hasn’t really been tested by an elite offense this season could break again this weekend just like it did in the Tar Heels’ losses to the Florida State Seminoles and the Virginia Cavaliers.
Notre Dame, which is averaging 37.6 points per game, is 3-1 against the spread in its last four trips outside of South Bend.
Betting on the North Carolina Tar Heels (+5)
Record: 6-2 Overall / 6-2 Conference
First of all: how about that Sam Howell guy, huh? The Tar Heels quarterback went off in lsat weekend’s 59-53 win in a shootout against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at home. Howell completed 32 of 45 passes for 550 yards and six touchdowns against just an interception. He also rushed seven times for 21 yards and a touchdown. In doing all that, Howell became just the second player in ACC history to throw at least six touchdowns and rush for at least one, joining current Baltimore Ravens star and former Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson in the exclusive club. Howell’s Heisman Trophy buzz is growing, and with the momentum from that win over Wake Forest, he should feel very confident in his chances to outduel Book. Howell also trusts his offensive line to protect him, especially against Notre Dame’s unimpressive pass rush that is only 46th in the nation in terms of defensive sacks percentage. Plus, Howell’s got wide receiver Dyami Brown as his top weapon. Brown leads the ACC in receiving yards and touchdown receptions.
North Carolina is 4-1 against the spread in its last five home games.
Notre Dame wins, 38-33.
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