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College Football Betting Preview: Miami Hurricanes vs. North Carolina Tar Heels

October 14, 2023


In the best matchup in the ACC this week the 25th-ranked Miami Hurricanes will travel to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to face the 12th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Memorial Stadium at 7:30 PM ET with the game airing nationally on ABC.

The Miami Hurricanes enter this game ranked 25th in the AP Poll with a record of 4-1 following a 20-23 loss at home against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets while failing to cover the 19-point spread as a home favorite in week 6 of the college football season. Miami scored 20 points while compiling a total of 452 yards offensively which included 286 passing yards and 166 rushing yards while allowing 23 points and 250 total yards defensively which included 151 passing yards and 99 rushing yards. Tyler Van Dyke led the team in passing, completing 24 of 36 attempts for 286 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. Donald Chaney Jr. led the team in rushing with 23 carries for 103 yards. Xavier Restrepo led the team in receiving, catching 12 of 13 targets for 144 yards.

North Carolina enters this game ranked 12th in the AP Poll and 12th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 5-0 following a 40-7 win at home against the Syracuse Orange while covering the 9.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 6 of the college football season. The Tar Heels scored 40 points while compiling a total of 644 yards offensively which included 442 passing yards and 202 rushing yards while allowing 7 points and 221 total yards defensively which included 129 passing yards and 92 rushing yards. Drake Maye led the team in passing, completing 33 of 47 attempts for 442 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 55 yards and a touchdown. Omarion Hampton led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 78 yards while adding three receptions for 25 yards. Nate McCollum led the team in receiving, catching seven of eight targets for 135 yards.

BookMaker has the North Carolina Tar Heels listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday in week 7 of the college football season. North Carolina has won six of the last ten including the previous four matchups in the series while going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three meetings. Miami is 3-2 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS on the road, 1-0 ATS as an underdog, and 0-1 ATS in conference games this season while the North Carolina Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS overall, 2-1 ATS at home, 4-1 ATS as a favorite, and 2-0 ATS in conference games on the year.

North Carolina is undefeated this season and has been one of the better teams in college football at covering the spread going 4-1 ATS overall. The Tar Heels have also been the better team in the series at covering the spread over the last ten meetings going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. I look for that trend to continue when the Tar Heels host the Hurricanes on Saturday night which is why I am laying the 3 points and taking North Carolina -3 at home against Miami in week 7 of the college football season. 

Spooky Express Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels -3