North Carolina vs. Miami Prediction
Can No. 16 Miami continue its strong play as of late when the Hurricanes open the college football weekend tonight at 8PM ET when it hosts North Carolina?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, September 27, 2018
8PM ET – Kinnick Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Miami is favored at home in this game, as the Hurricanes are getting odds of -18 points against North Carolina. The over/under total is listed at 55.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 53 percent going on North Carolina on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Miami winners of three straight
After a poor start to the season, losing 33-17 at LSU. Since then, Miami has won three straight by double figures. The Hurricanes are 2-2 against the spread while hitting the over in three of the four games. The Canes are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games as a program.
The Hurricanes are playing very well on defense right now, allowing just 18.5 points and 223.8 yards per game. Their pass defense is among the best in the nation, giving up 145 yards per contest. Offensively, Miami is scoring 43.5 points per game while putting up 449.3 yards per game. Their run game is averaging over 200 yards per game. Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas have combined for over 500 rushing yards while Malik Rosier has thrown for 611 yards and five touchdowns. Jeff Thomas is the leading receiver with 12 catches for 315 yards.
North Carolina gets win
The North Carolina football team picked up its first win of the season this past weekend when it earned a 38-35 home victory over Pittsburgh. The Tar Heels are 1-2 overall, 1-1-1 against the spread and 2-1 with the over. UNC is 5-1-1 against the spread in its last seven games as a program.
The Tar Heels are putting up 394 yards per game thus far while averaging 24.7 points per contest. Nathan Elliott has thrown for 669 yards and three touchdowns, but has four interceptions. Chazz Surratt returns from suspension and could see action after starting seven games last year. Antonio Williams is the leading rusher with 257 yards and three touchdowns on 39 carries while Anthony Ratliff-Williams has 11 catches for 230 yards and a touchdown.
College Football Betting Trends
Miami is just 1-6 against the spread in its last seven conference games, but 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games in September.
UNC has covered the spread in four straight ACC games and eight of its last 11 Thursday games.
North Carolina has covered the spread in three straight in this series. These two have played close games the last two years. UNC didn’t look good early, but did get a win over Pitt last week. Miami has won three straight, but over lesser competition and the Canes only beat FIU by 14 at home. With this came being on a really short week for both teams, I think the offenses will struggle and this will be a sloppy game. For that reason, I like the Tar Heels to keep things close.
College Football Prediction: North Carolina +18