Syracuse Orange vs. #14 North Carolina Tar Heels - Odds, Breakdowns & Betting Trends (10/7/2023) - Taking Vegas



Syracuse Orange vs. #14 North Carolina Tar Heels – Odds, Breakdowns & Betting Trends (10/7/2023)

By TakingVegas Staff Writer
October 5, 2023

Syracuse Orange vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

We have an Atlantic Coast Conference battle between two of the top teams in the conference as the Syracuse Orange and the 14th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels face off here. The Orange are 4-1 (0-1) and are coming off a 31-14 home loss against the Clemson Tigers last Saturday. The Tar Heels are a perfect 4-0 (1-0) right now and are coming off a 31-14 road win over the Pittsburgh Panthers back on Sept. 23. 

Syracuse vs. North Carolina Betting Odds

Syracuse Orange+8.5 (-110)O 59.5 (-110)+275
North Carolina Tar Heels-8.5 (-110)U 59.5 (-110)-345

Syracuse vs. North Carolina Game Details

Fixture: Syracuse Orange vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

Date & Time: Saturday, October 7, 2023 @ 3:30 PM

Venue: Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Syracuse vs. North Carolina Key Stats

Syracuse Orange

The Syracuse Orange have been doing very well on the offensive side of things as they are 22nd in college football with 38 points per game thus far. They rank 40th in passing yards and 37th in rushing yards behind senior quarterback Garrett Shrader. So far this season, he is 87-of-137 (63.5 completion percentage) for 1,153 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. Sophomore running back LeQuint Allen has been crushing it thus far as he has 76 rushing attempts for 363 yards (4.8 yards per carry) with six rushing touchdowns as well as 17 receptions for 133 yards (7.8 yards per catch) and a receiving touchdown as well. They move the ball well as they are 36-of-71 (50.7 percent) on third down so they should dominate offensively. 

They have done extremely well on the defensive side of the ball as they are giving up 14.8 points per game, which is 18th in the nation. They do well as they are allowing 200.8 passing yards and 96.4 rushing yards per game right now. Syracuse has forced 11 takeaways throughout the season (six interceptions, five fumble recoveries) and dominated thus far as a result. Junior defensive back Justin Barron has been doing extremely well right now as he has recorded 31 total tackles (20 solo, 11 assisted), two forced fumbles, two interceptions and a pass deflection. If they can continue to dominate on this side of the ball, they will continue to rack up wins. 

North Carolina Tar Heels 

The UNC Tar Heels have a prolific offense as they are 34th in the sport with 35.8 points per game. A huge reason why is their ability to throw the football with sophomore quarterback Drake Maye laying well despite not getting into the end zone as much. So far this season, he is 96-of-132 (72.7 completion percentage) for 1,187 yards with five touchdown passes and four interceptions. They also have an incredibly talented running back in sophomore Omarion Hampton as he has 73 rushing attempts for 383 yards (5.2 yards per carry) with seven rushing touchdowns as well as five catches for 53 yards (10.6 yards per reception). They’ve extended a majority of their drives as the Tar Heels are 33-of-57 (57.9 percent) on third down and 3-of-6 (50 percent) on fourth down tries.

Their defense has been doing well as they rank 46th in the country with 22 points per game allowed this season. North Carolina has to continue improving at limiting yardage against them as the Tar Heels allow 238.8 passing yards and 125 rushing yards per game entering this matchup. They are doing well with 12 total sacks, five interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Senior linebacker Kaimon Rucker has been a force for this program as he has 20 total tackles (13 solo, seven assisted) and four total sacks.  

Syracuse Orange vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Trends

  • Syracuse is 3-1-1 ATS so far this season
  • North Carolina is 3-1 ATS right now this year
  • The under has hit in eight of the previous 13 games for Syracuse
  • The under has hit in all four North Carolina games this season