North Carolina Tar Heels College Football Betting
The 2021 season was an unexpected step back for coach Mack Brown and North Carolina. The Tar Heels finished a disappointing 6-6. Most important of all, they gave gamblers plenty of red ink. UNC was 5-7 against the spread on the campaign. At the onset of the summer, North Carolina was a hot brand on the futures market. Looking back, it was an absurd level of blind faith. Gamblers thought that superstar quarterback Sam Howell was enough to ensure success. Instead, the loss of UNC’s four most productive players from 2020 was too much to overcome.
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On Thursday, December 30, 2021, the South Carolina Gamecocks will face the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. The game will be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kickoff time is set for 11:30 a.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.
In this situation, South Carolina is favored because of its SEC pedigree. Squares have become obsessive about taking SEC teams in bowl games based on branding. Sharps will look hard at underdog North Carolina. Especially against the favorite that struggles to score points. Of great concern to all is whether North Carolina star quarterback Sam Howell will play in this bowl game or not. His status may not be known until kickoff.
Last game, South Carolina lost to Clemson 30-0 as an 11.5-point home dog. The Tigers and Gamecocks game went under the total of 42.5. Overall, South Carolina has a record of 6-6 straight up, 5-6-1 against the spread, and 5-7 over/under. Overall, the Gamecocks rank 116th for total offense and 109th for scoring offense. While defensively, South Carolina ranks 43rd overall and 47th for points allowed.
The humiliating shutout loss to Clemson revealed the challenges ahead for Beamer. Specifically, South Carolina’s roster pales in comparison to a perennial power like Clemson. Beamer has no game-breakers on offense and has to recruit them. Therein lies the problem. Clemson gets all of the best talent in the state of South Carolina
Previous Game Recap
Last game, North Carolina lost at NC State 34-30 as a 5.5-point dog. The Tar Heels and Wolfpack game went over the total of 61. Now, UNC has a record of 6-6 straight up, 5-7 against the spread, and 7-5 over/under. Overall, North Carolina ranks 10th for total offense and 17th for scoring offense. While defensively, the Tar Heels rank 87th overall and 101st for points allowed.
Despite the loss of so much talent on offense from 2020, North Carolina still produced. Few teams in college football can create yardage and points like the Tar Heels.
Additionally, North Carolina had some stink bomb losses this season. First was a terrible performance in losing at a mediocre Virginia Tech 17-10 as 4.5-point overlays.
Subsequently, in their fourth game, UNC lost at Georgia Tech 45-22 as 14-point favorites. It was an utter humiliation for Brown’s program against a terrible team. And a home loss to a 5-7 Florida State team was hard to take too.
Coach Mack Brown is celebrated as one of college football’s ace recruiters. And that is going to be necessary for the days ahead. Specifically, December 15 is national signing day. And Brown is closing in on one of the greatest classes in UNC history.
On this occasion, North Carolina brings plenty of talent from highly ranked recruiting classes. Further, South Carolina is a bit of a fluke as a bowl team.
2021 North Carolina Tar Heels Schedule
||at Virginia Tech
||at Georgia State
||at Georgia Tech
||vs. Florida State
||at Notre Dame
||vs. Wake Forest
||at NC State
North Carolina will waste no time going up against strong competition with their September 3 Friday Night ESPN opener at the Virginia Tech Hokies. VA-Tech head coach Justin Fuente has not recruited well, and his program is fading, but he still may have enough to give UNC a scare here.
Two traditional name brand powers of the ACC will visit North Carolina on consecutive Saturdays. The Florida State Seminoles are looking for a major improvement after aggressively raiding the transfer portal. The Noles visit Kenan Memorial Stadium on October 9. Following that, on October 16, the Tar Heels will host the brash, loud, but flawed Miami Hurricanes.
North Carolina fans are excited about making the road trip to Notre Dame Stadium on October 30, when the Fighting Irish host the Tar Heels. Two weeks later, a potentially dangerous road game will take place at the Pitt Panthers, who are known for ruining the seasons of superior teams. And then, on November 26, the Tar Heels will enter the Wolf Pit to face the NC State Wolfpack.
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