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College Football Betting Preview: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Syracuse Orange
October 7, 2023
The Syracuse Orange have a record of 4-1, however, they have not been tested this season as their only game against a team with a winning record came last week against the Clemson Tigers which resulted in a loss and they will have an even tougher opponent when they travel to Chapel Hill to face the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday afternoon in week 6 of the college football season. Will The Tar Heels remain undefeated or will the Orange get the win on the road? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.
The Syracuse Orange enter this game with a record of 4-1 following a 14-31 loss on the road against the Clemson Tigers while failing to cover the 7-point spread as a home underdog in week 5 of the college football season. Syracuse scored 14 points while compiling a total of 286 yards offensively which included 186 passing yards and 100 rushing yards while allowing 31 points and 389 total yards defensively which included 263 passing yards and 126 rushing yards. Garrett Shrader led the team in passing, completing 15 of 29 attempts for 181 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 24 yards. LeQuint Allen led the team in rushing with 14 carries for 52 yards while adding six receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown. Dan Villari led the team in receiving, catching two of three targets for 65 yards and a touchdown.
North Carolina enters this game ranked 14
in the AP Poll and 13
in the Coaches Poll with a record of 4-0 following a 41-24 win on the road against the Pittsburgh Panthers while covering the 7-point spread as a road favorite in week 4 of the college football season. The Tar Heels scored 41 points while compiling a total of 373 yards offensively which included 296 passing yards and 77 rushing yards while allowing 24 points and 304 total yards defensively which included 194 passing yards and 110 rushing yards. Drake Maye led the team in passing, completing 22 of 30 attempts for 296 yards and a touchdown while rushing for three yards and two touchdowns. Omarion Hampton led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for 22 yards. J.J. Jones led the team in receiving, catching six of eight targets for 117 yards.
BookMaker has the North Carolina Tar Heels listed as 10-point favorites at home against the Syracuse Orange on Saturday afternoon in week 6 of the college football season. The teams have split the six games all-time in the series while Syracuse has won two of the last three games, however, the Tar Heels are 4-2 ATS all-time and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. Syracuse is 3-1-1 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS on the road, 0-1 ATS as an underdog, and 0-1 ATS in conference games this season while the North Carolina Tar Heels are 3-1 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS at home, 3-1 ATS as a favorite, and 1-0 ATS in conference games on the year.
North Carolina enters this game with the better record, however, Syracuse has been the better team most recently in the series, winning two of the last three games. However, the Tar Heels have been the better team at covering the spread in the series going 4-2 ATS all-time and 2-1 ATS in the last three games. As a result, I am taking the North Carolina Tar Heels -10 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday afternoon.
Spooky Express Pick: North Carolina Tar Heels -10
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