College football betting fans will have their choice of two likely bowl teams in this matchup but teams that also come with red flags for those who bet on college football.
This game will take place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Kickoff is at 8:05 PM Eastern and the game can be seen on ABC.
The North Carolina Tar Heels entered this season as one of the hot picks to win the Atlantic Coast Conference as they were touted as having one of the top defenses in the country. Butch Davis enters his 4th year as head coach of North Carolina and begins the season with turmoil as allegations of academic misconduct plague the program.
While there is no current threat of probation or bowl bans it is a stain on a program and university that had prided itself on being clean and having integrity. This came on the heels of yet another investigation regarding agent/player contact that was tied to top assistant John Blake.
Davis has led the Tar Heels to back to back 8-5 bowl seasons and has 19 starters returning in what was supposed to be a year in which UNC made a run at the ACC title. What is ironic is that Davis was hired, in part, to clean up the program while improving the product on the field.
While UNC chancellor Holden Thorp voiced confidence in Davis it is the worst possible start to what was set to be a breakout NCAA betting season. The Tar Heels have covered 6 out of their last 10 non conference games.
LSU has their own problems as 6th year coach Les Miles is under heavy fire for inconsistency since the 2007 national championship season. Last year LSU finished 9-4 straight up with just 5 payouts with the college football odds.
The Tigers have beaten the spread in just 8 out of their last 24 games overall and have a young defense that returns just 4 starters while 6 starters return on offense led by junior quarterback Jordan Jefferson. The Tigers have a college football betting record of 3-6 against the spread in non conference games the past 2 years.
Miles is yet to live down the humiliating clock mismanagement in a loss to Ole Miss last year and needs a fast start for 2010.