North Carolina vs. West Virginia Lines - Duke's Mayo Bowl Odds

North Carolina Tar Heels College Football Betting

North Carolina Tar Heels College Football Betting

At the onset of the season, hopes were high for one of the best campaigns in North Carolina football history. North Carolina bolted out of the gate with a 6-0 start before running out of steam to lose four of its final six matchups, finishing 8-4. It was a bitter disappointment for head coach Mack Brown and the Carolina faithful. As usual, the culprit for North Carolian’s demise was a defense ranked 98th overall in the country. But Brown and defensive coordinator Gene Chizik are close, so change is doubtful. UNC meets West Virginia in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl.

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North Carolina Tar Heels +3

West Virginia Mountaineers -3

Total: 56.5

Money Line: North Carolina +137, West Virginia -157

North Carolina Tar Heels Weekly Matchup

On Wednesday, December 27, 2023, the West Virginia Mountaineers of the Big 12 will face the North Carolina Tar Heels of the ACC in the Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. Kickoff time is 5:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN.

Last game, the West Virginia Mountaineers won 34-31 against the Baylor Bears as 11.5-point road favorites. The game went over the total of 54.5. West Virginia has a record of 8-4 straight up, 7-5 against the spread, and 8-4 over/under the total. West Virginia ranks 27th for total offense, 94th for passing, 3rd for rushing and 39th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 72nd overall, 92nd against the pass, 49th against the rush, and 78th for points allowed. Also, West Virginia ranks 57th for fewest turnovers lost and 86th for takeaways.

Coach Neal Brown will get another chance at West Virginia after finishing with his best regular-season record despite being mired in the program's worst stretch in four decades.

West Virginia athletic director Wren Baker confirmed that Brown will return in 2024, putting to rest any speculation on the fate of the fifth-year coach, whose job security has been questioned by fans at various points over the past two seasons.

West Virginia is 8-4 this season and tied for fourth in the 14-team Big 12 after being picked to finish last. The Mountaineers qualified for their third bowl under Brown.

North Carolina Tar Heels Weekly Recap

Last game, the North Carolina Tar Heels lost 39-20 against the NC State Wolfpack as 2.5-point road favorites. The game went over the total of 55. North Carolina has a record of 8-4 straight up, 6-6 against the spread, and 6-5 over/under the total. North Carolina ranks 3rd for total offense, 9th for passing, 18th for rushing and 15th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 98th overall, 102nd against the pass, 88th against the rush, and 75th for points allowed. Also, North Carolina ranks 48th for fewest turnovers lost and 41st for takeaways.

Drake Maye threw for two touchdowns and two interceptions as North Carolina lost for the fourth time in six weeks. Maye rushed for a career-high 106 rushing yards, but the conference's leading rusher, Omarion Hampton, was limited to 28 yards on nine carries.

The Tar Heels were within 39-20 and driving to the Wolfpack 19 early in the fourth quarter, but Maye's pass was deflected, and linebacker Payton Wilson made a diving interception.

North Carolina's first five possessions had four three-and-outs and a fumble.

The Tar Heels got on the board on Maye's 15-yard pass to John Copenhaver. Maye's 1-yard run and his 21-yard pass to Tez Walker accounted for North Carolina's second-half touchdowns.

2023 North Carolina Tar Heels Football Schedule

Sep 2 at South Carolina W 31-17 1-0
Sep 9 vs. Appalachian State W 40-34 2-0
Sep 16 vs. Minnesota W 31-13 3-0
Sep 23 at Pittsburgh W 41-24 4-0
Oct 7 vs. Syracuse W 40-7 5-0
Oct 14 vs. Miami-FL W 41-31 6-0
Oct 21 vs. Virginia L 27-31 6-1
Oct 28 at Georgia Tech L 42-46 6-2
Nov 4 vs. Campbell W 59-7 7-2
Nov 11 vs. Duke W 47-45 8-2
Nov 18 at Clemson L 20-31 8-3
Nov 25 at NC State L 20-39 8-4

Although North Carolina is the ultimate basketball school, it has an underrated football program. The Tar Heels have nine conference championships and two division titles. North Carolina is a regular on the bowl circuit. However, its last ACC championship was in 1980. Pro Football Hall of Fame members Lawrence Taylor and Chris Hanburger played for UNC.

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2023 College Football Schedule

Alabama Crimson Tide Auburn Tigers Baylor Bears
Clemson Tigers Colorado Buffaloes Florida Gators
Florida State Seminoles Georgia Bulldogs Illinois Fighting Illini
Iowa Hawkeyes Kansas State Wildcats LSU Tigers
Miami-FL Hurricanes Michigan Wolverines Mississippi Rebels
North Carolina State Wolfpack North Carolina Tar Heels Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ohio State Buckeyes Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oregon Ducks Oregon State Beavers Penn State Nittany Lions
South Carolina Gamecocks TCU Horned Frogs Tennessee Volunteers
Texas Longhorns Texas A&M Aggies Texas Tech Red Raiders
Tulane Green Wave UCLA Bruins USC Trojans
Utah Utes Washington Huskies Wisconsin Badgers

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