The North Carolina Tar Heels (1-0) host the Miami Hurricanes (0-1) this weekend in an ACC Coastal Division showdown from Chapel Hill. Kickoff is set for 8:00 PM EST on Saturday, September 7th at Kenan Memorial Stadium and the game will be televised on the ACC Network.
Taking a look at the Week 2 college football odds, Miami opened as a 6-point road favorite earlier this week. That line hasn’t budged at all after early betting, as the Hurricanes are currently listed at -6. The total for the game is sitting at 47.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: North Carolina vs Miami
Miami showed a lot of heart in Week 1 despite falling just short against #11 overall Florida. The Hurricanes actually led 13-7 at halftime before fading down the stretch, as the Gators scored ten unanswered points in the third quarter en route to a hard-fought 24-20 victory. QB Jarren Williams looked solid, going 19/30 for 214 yards and a touchdown in a losing cause. However, Williams did struggle a little bit on the ground, averaging -2.9 yards per carry after getting caught in the backfield several times. RB DeeJay Dallaas definitely provided a spark offensively, rushing for 94 yards and a touchdown on only 11 carries. WR Brevin Jordan also had a quality outing, racking up 88 receiving yards on five catches and finding the end zone once. Overall, Miami gained more than 300 total yards and scored two touchdowns against a strong Florida defense.
The Hurricanes defense performed well for the most part, holding Florida to well under 100 yards on the ground and making two key interceptions. However, they were also exposed a little bit through the air at times, as Gators QB Feleipe Franks was 17/27 for 254 yards and two touchdowns.
North Carolina won their home opener in Week 1, beating rival South Carolina 24-20 to move to 1-0 on the season. The Tar Heels trailed by a touchdown at halftime and by 11 points at the end of the 3rd quarter before coming out firing in the 4th quarter, scoring 15 unanswered points to steal victory away from the Gamecocks. QB Sam Howell played well, going 15/24 for 245 yards and two touchdowns. The dynamic duo of Javonte Williams and Michael Carter had a big day on the ground, combining for 179 rushing yards. WR Dazz Newsome led the way for the receiving corps, catching four passes for 75 yards. As a whole, the UNC offense scored two touchdowns on over 400 total yards.
The Tar Heels defense played above average against South Carolina, especially in the 4th quarter when the game was on the line. They also forced several turnovers, including two key interceptions that wound up significantly changing the momentum.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Miami -6
This should be a fantastic game between two pretty evenly-matched opponents. To be honest, I don’t think that there is a ton of value on either side of this matchup, as this game could go either way depending on who manages to win the always important turnover battle. Both teams have the ability to force opposing offenses into making costly mistakes, but interceptions and fumbles are certainly hard to accurately project over a one-game sample. Still, I think that Miami is the more skilled team on both sides of the ball, especially after they showed some impressive offensive bursts against an incredibly tough Florida defense in Week 1.
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While UNC also played well in Week 1, South Carolina is definitely a huge drop down from a Gators program that is currently ranked #11 overall nationwide. I also have some concerns about the potential offensive game-plan for the Tar Heels, as they had almost 50 rushing attempts against the Gamecocks. The Hurricanes will certainly be a much tougher team to establish the run on than South Carolina, as they held Florida to well under 100 yards a few weeks ago. Miami should have a ton of confidence after almost pulling off a huge upset in their season opener. They also should be well rested after not having to play last weekend. I think that may actually make a big difference on Saturday, as the extra preparation time could be the small edge that the Hurricanes need to cover this manageable six-point spread. I’m going to take a shot with Miami on the road here in Week 2.