North Carolina is coming into the game after a very disappointing 20-17 loss to Virginia Tech, where they were up 17-3 late in the third quarter. The Hurricanes enter this match-up coming off of a resounding 41-23 win over Texas A&M that more than covered the football betting line for the game.
Last week, the Tar Heels had a golden opportunity to knock off the Hokies, but blew it late in the game after starting QB T.J. Yates went down with an injury. Now with Yates out for six weeks, freshman QB Mike Paulus will be asked to step up and put up better numbers than he did in his relief performance last week (3-8 23 yards 2 INTs).
The good news for Paulus and Tar Heel fans is that they have the ACC’s leading receiver in Brandon Tate who has hauled in 11 receptions for 297 yards and three touchdowns to date. HC Butch Davis is 6-3 ATS for college football betting fans since taking over at North Carolina when the NCAA football odds set his Tar Heels as underdogs.
The Hurricanes were dominant last week in their win against the Aggies scoring 41 points in the first 40 minutes to cruise to the road win and cover. RB Graig Cooper carried the ball 16 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns, and QB Robert Marve went 16-of-22 for 212 yards with a TD:INT ratio of 2:1 for the Canes last week.
With a win this week, Randy Shannon could lead the team to their first national ranking since early 2006. The Hurricanes have now started the season 2-0 ATS for those who bet on college football for the first time since 2004, but are only 2-5 ATS as a home favorite per the closing NCAA lines under Shannon.
Right now, the Hurricanes have been made eight-point favorites by the oddsmakers with a ‘total’ of 45. The home for all your NCAA football wagering is Sports-Gambling.com Sportsbook this season, the place for all your action in 2008.
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