North Carolina vs. Miami Prediction
No. 17 North Carolina takes its explosive offense on the road in Week 15 when the Tar Heels visit No. 10 Miami at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. With the total sitting at 70 points and the Hurricanes laying a field goal as a home favorite, what’s the best play for bettors in this ACC clash?
419 North Carolina Tar Heels (+3) at 420 Miami Hurricanes (-3); o/u 70
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, December 12, 2020
North Carolina Tar Heels Game Notes
North Carolina sophomore QB Sam Howell completed 20-of-23 passes for 287 yards and a pair of touchdowns and ran for 41 yards in a 49-9 rout of Western Carolina on Saturday. Howell could have broken records if the Tar Heels were interested in doing so, but this was a game that saw UNC have four different players attempt passes against an FCS school. He fired a 22-yard touchdown to Antoine Green in the first, and a 26-yarder to end the first half to Dazz Newsome that gave North Carolina 42-3 lead. Howell (6'1/225) and UNC won't be playing for an ACC title this year, but they can play spoiler next Saturday if they beat Miami.
Miami Hurricanes Game Notes
Miami redshirt senior QB D'Eriq King completed 16-of-24 passes for 248 yards with three touchdowns while rushing for 46 yards and a score in a 48-0 blowout over Duke. King's longest play was an 89-yard touchdown pass to Mike Harley, but he also found Brevin Jordan and Dee Wiggins for touchdowns from 24 and two-yards out, respectively. The dual-threat quarterback also showed off the wheels with an 11-yard touchdown run in a game that Miami dominated from the kickoff. Outside of the Clemson game, King (5'11/202) has looked the part as the starting quarterback, and has brought needed stability to the position. Miami won't be heading to the ACC Championship, but can go to 9-1 if they beat North Carolina next Saturday.
North Carolina vs. Miami Betting Prediction
The underdog is 11-4-1 against the spread in the last 16 meetings between these two teams while the Tar Heels have covered the number in four of their last five meetings with the Hurricanes. They’re also 11-5 against the number in their last 16 games coming off an ATS loss and are 21-8 against the spread in their last 29 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
On the other side, the Hurricanes are just 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 games played in December, are 1-5 against the number in their last six games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game and are winless at the betting window in their last four games coming off a win of more than 20 points.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 15 BETTING PREDICTION: NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS +3