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2015 Russell Athletic Bowl Betting Preview - UNC Favored Over Baylor

The 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl takes place on Tuesday, December 29, and features the North Carolina Tar Heels taking on the Baylor Bears. The game at the Orlando Citrus Bowl is scheduled to kick off at 5:30 PM ET, and will be televised on ESPN. Currently, North Carolina is favored by betting experts to win.

The Tar Heels are 11-2 SU and 8-5 ATS so far this season. Seven of their games have gone OVER the line, while the other six went UNDER. They are coming off of a 45-37 loss to Clemson, where they lost against the spread as 6 ½ point road underdogs. The total went OVER the 67 ½ point line set by the sports gambling sites in that one.

The Bears are 9-3 SU and 5-6 ATS overall this year. Seven of their games have gone OVER the line, with the other five all going UNDER. They are coming off of a 23-17 loss to Texas, where they lost against the spread as 21 point home favorites. The total went UNDER the 63 ½ point line set by the sportsbook in that matchup.

North Carolina is 4-0 ATS after a loss spreadwise, and 6-1 ATS against teams with a winning record. They are 4-1 ATS after a SU loss, and 1-4 ATS when playing at a neutral site. The total has gone OVER in all 4 of their recent games against teams with a winning record, and OVER in 4 of their last 5 overall. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of their last 5 in non-conference play, and OVER in 4 of their last 5 after a SU loss. The total has gone OVER in 5 of their last 7 games after a loss spreadwise.

Baylor is 6-1 ATS in December, and 8-3 ATS in non-conference matchups. They are 16-7 ATS against teams with a winning record, and 1-5 ATS overall recently. The total has gone OVER in all 5 of their recent games in December, and OVER in all 5 of their recent games at a neutral site. The total has gone OVER in 4 of their last 5 after a SU loss, and OVER in 27 of their last 38 against teams with a winning record. The total has gone OVER in 48 of their last 71 games overall, and OVER in 21 of their last 29 games against non-conference opponents.

These teams have never met before. For Tuesday's Russell Athletic Bowl, UNC is a -4 point favorite in the gambling odds. The over/under is set at 69 points. On the moneyline, the Tar Heels are listed at -180, while Baylor is a +160.