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College Football Betting Preview: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

September 16, 2023


This matchup features a pair of 2-0 teams as the Minnesota Golden Gophers will travel to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday afternoon in week 3 of the college football season. 

Minnesota enters this game with a record of 2-0 with wins at home against the Nebraska Cornhuskers by a score of 13-10 and at home against the Eastern Michigan Eagles by a score of 25-6 in week 2 while the Tar Heels enter this game with a record of 2-0 following wins on the road against the South Carolina Gamecocks by a score of 31-17 in week 1 and a 40-34 win at home against the Appalachian State Mountaineers in week 2. 

Which team will remain undefeated with a win in this matchup in week 3 of the college football season? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers enter this game with a record of 2-0 following a 25-6 win at home against the Eastern Michigan Eagles while failing to cover the 19.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 2 of the college football season. Minnesota scored 25 points while compiling 413 total yards offensively which included 117 passing yards and 296 rushing yards while allowing 6 points and 152 total yards defensively which included 71 passing yards and 81 rushing yards.  

Athan Kaliakmanis led the team in passing, completing 10 of 15 attempts with 117 yards and an interception while rushing for 10 yards and a touchdown. Darius Taylor led the team in rushing with 33 carries for 193 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for 13 yards. Corey Crooms Jr. led the team in receiving, catching all three targets for 45 yards.

The North Carolina Tar Heels enter this game ranked 20th in the AP Poll and 18th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 2-0 following a 40-34 win at home while failing to cover the 18-point spread as a home favorite in week 2 of the college football season. The Tar Heels scored 40 points while compiling 527 total yards offensively which included 208 passing yards and 319 rushing yards. 

Drake Maye led the team in passing, completing 208 yards while adding 57 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Omarion Hampton led the team in rushing with 26 carries for 234 yards and three touchdowns while adding a reception for 10 yards. J.J. Jones led the team in receiving, catching five of eight targets for 91 yards.

BookMaker has the North Carolina Tar Heels listed as 7-point favorites at home against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday afternoon in week 3 of the college football season. This will be the first time in the history of these two programs that they will face each other in college football. Minnesota is 0-2 ATS overall this season while the North Carolina Tar Heels are 1-1 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS at home, and 1-1 ATS as a favorite.

North Carolina is the better team this season and has been the better team at covering the spread going 1-1 ATS overall and 1-1 ATS as a favorite while the Minnesota Golden Gophers are 0-2 ATS overall. I look for those trends to continue which is why I am taking the North Carolina Tar Heels -7 at home against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday afternoon in week 3 of the college football season on BookMaker. 

Spooky Express Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels -7