The North Carolina Tar Heels (1-0, 0-0 ATS) head to Piscataway, New Jersey to take on HC Greg Schiano’s Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-1, 0-1 ATS). Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM, and sports bettors can view the game nationally on ESPN’s Thursday Night Football telecast.
These two teams hooked up in 2006 in Chapel Hill, with the Scarlet Knights picking up a 21-16 victory as 3.5-point favorites. The Tar Heels were considered to be one of the sleeper teams in the ACC in ’08, but football betting fans that backed North Carolina to beat the NCAA football odds and win the ACC Coastal division had to be scared by their narrow 35-27 victory over McNeese State two weeks ago.
Halfway through the third quarter, UNC trailed 20-14, before outscoring McNeese State 21-7 to end the game. QB TJ Yates was marginal in his ’08 debut, completing 15-of-26 passes for 221 and two touchdowns. Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Tate combined for ten catches and 203 receiving yards in the victory.
Schiano had to be tearing his hair out in their Labor Day match-up against head coach Pat Hill’s Fresno State Bulldogs. The Scarlet Knights had numerous possessions in Bulldogs territory, but came away with nothing until late in the fourth quarter. QB Mike Teel completed 20 of 39 for 263 yards, but threw a pair of costly interceptions.
Football betting followers that backed the Scarlet Knights that day took a rough 24-7 defeat on the chin. Rutgers never had a chance of covering the NCAA football betting line that saw them favored by 3.5-points, and the ‘total’ of 57 was never threatened. Oddsmakers have set the Scarlet Knights as 5-point home favorites in this ACC/Big East scuffle, with a ‘total’ set at 44.
History certainly isn’t on North Carolina’s side, as it’s 0-6 SU and ATS versus the Big East since 2003. Sports-Gambling.com Sportsbook is your home for all of your football betting needs, whether it be spread, moneyline, or ‘totals’.
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