North Carolina vs. Miami (10/8 @ 4:00 PM EST.)
Line: Miami (-3)
Tar Heels vs. Hurricanes Breakdown and Betting Odds
It is a battle of Coastal ACC Division rivals on Saturday afternoon when the 4-1 North Carolina Tar Heels take on the 2-2 Miami Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes are 3-point favorites, and the over/under is set at 67.
North Carolina Overview
Red shirt quarterback Drake May is making a serious case for ACC Rookie of the Year with 19 touchdowns and only one interception. His arm is not the only key to his success. May has also rushed for 255 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Tar Heels defense needs to do its job and put the clamps on the Hurricanes offense. Miami has dealt with injuries on the offensive line and the running back and receiver positions which has limited its offensive success. The Tar Heels need to take advantage and limit Miami’s scoring opportunities.
Miami is coming off a rest week. The Hurricanes shockingly went down in defeat on September 24 to Middle Tennessee State. Quarterback Tyler Van Dyke’s confidence must be shaken after being benched during the September 24 game, but he is the starting quarterback for Saturday’s North Carolina game. The Middle Tennessee game was supposed to be a warmup. Instead, it ended up as a disastrous loss for Miami by the score of 45-31. It remains to be seen how well they will rebound from that loss and the rest week.
TakingVegas.com Pick: Over 67 Points North Carolina/Miami
This is a heated rivalry that neither team has won four consecutive times. North Carolina’s current winning streak stands at three in a row. Though it is early in the season, this is shaping up to be a must-win for Miami if they want to stay in contention in the ACC Coastal Division. The Tar Heels are currently in first place in the division, and Miami is in third place. Miami has homefield advantage, and the rest week should benefit them. This game is a true toss up in terms of who the victor is. In their last games, the two teams collectively scored 72 points so picking over 67 points is the better option.