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North Carolina Tar Heels College Football Betting

North Carolina Tar Heels NCAA Football Betting

The North Carolina Tar Heels return to the scene of one of the most astonishing feats in NCAA history. Just a few weeks ago the running back duo of Michael Carter and Javonte Williams combined to rush for a NCAA teammate record 544 yards in a 62-26 rout of Miami, putting UNC in position for its first ever appearance in the Capital One Orange Bowl. The Heels head back to Hard Rock Stadium to take on the Texas AM Aggies, who are making their first Orange Bowl trip in over seven decades. The programs will clash for the first time with the Aggies positioned as a 7-point favorite on the opening college football betting line.

North Carolina Tar Heels Weekly Odds

North Carolina Tar Heels +6

Texas A&M Aggies -6

Total 69.5

North Carolina Tar Heels Weekly Matchup

Everything had to go just right for North Carolina to get its first invite to the Orange Bowl. The Heels needed to make a mark against Miami and they needed Clemson to beat Notre Dame in the ACC Championship. UNC did its job putting on a show in a rout of the Canes. The Heels actually had a worse conference winning percentage, but their annihilation moved them ahead of Miami in the final CFP rankings.

Since no 2-loss team has ever reached the CFP it was up to Clemson to make sure the ACC got two representatives in the playoff. The Tigers easily dispatched the Irish allowing UNC to head back to south Florida for a matchup with Texas AM. The Orange Bowl will take place at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN.

The explosive North Carolina offense will get another crack on a big stage to show off. The Heels probably won’t have as much success as they did against Miami when they rushed for 554 yards and totaled 778 yards in the blowout victory. That’s because the Aggies have been a strong defensive team all season with the fourth-best run defense in the FBS. That won’t prevent the Heels from doing what they’ve done all season. Hopefully they learned a few things about strong defenses from the Notre Dame game. Facing one of the top units in the country the Heels were held to season-lows of 17 points and 298 yards and were shutout in the second half.

On December 12 on the Hard Rock Stadium turf Carter (308) and Williams (236) combined for the most rushing yards by teammates in a game in NCAA history breaking the previous record of 523 set in 1999. They each went over 1,000 yards for the season as well. The Heels average 556.6 yards, fourth-best in the country, with nearly 250 of those yards accumulated on the ground. UNC scored at least 56 points in four games this season ranking among the top-10 with 43.0 points per outing. Give credit to Mack Brown and his staff for putting together one of the most prolific offenses in 2020.

The Aggies allowed fewer than 11 points per game over their last four games and finished third in the SEC in scoring defense. Jimbo Fisher lobbied for his team to be included in the playoff and he had a strong argument. The Aggies are the first one-loss SEC team to not play for a national championship. Their only setback was a whopper, though, by 28 points to No. 1 Alabama. The Aggies are 8-1 SU and 5-4 ATS. They can play with a chip on their shoulder for the perceived snub or they can pack it in since they aren’t where they expected to be. Either way, the Heels are happy to be playing in their first Orange Bowl with some of the best talent in college football.

North Carolina Tar Heels Weekly Recap

The season was all about the offense and the unit put on a show in the final regular season game. With Carter and Williams ripping off one long run after another they set an NCAA record for rushing yards by teammates in a game. Carter went for 308 yards on 24 carries and Williams added 236 yards on 23 attempts. They combined for five of the six rushing scores and 544 of the teams 554 rushing yards in the 62-26 blowout.

“What those guys did tonight is just remarkable. I’m not sure anybody picked it that way. I sure wouldn’t have thought that we could have accomplished the things we did tonight. We were able to run the ball at will against a great defensive coach and great defensive players,” Mack Brown said. UNC amassed 778 total yards and possessed the football for over 40 minutes.

Overshadowed in the offensive onslaught was just how well the defense played. The Heels limited D’Eriq King to 239 yards passing and had a pick. The elusive QB rushed for 53 yards on 11 carries but Miami was held to just 75 yards rushing and 314 total yards.

2020 North Carolina Tar Heels Schedule

Date Opponent Score
Sep 12 vs Syracuse W 31-6
Oct 3 @ Boston College W 26-22
Oct 10 vs Virginia Tech W 56-45
Oct 17 @ Florida State L 28-31
Oct 24 vs N.C. State W 48-21
Oct 31 @ Virginia L 41-44
Nov 7 @ Duke W 56-24
Nov 14 vs Wake Forest W 59-53
Nov 27 vs Notre Dame L 17-31
Dec 5 vs. Western Carolina W 49-9
Dec 12 @ Miami W 62-26
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