Syracuse Orange vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, 9/12/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Syracuse Orange vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Location: Kenan Stadium
TV: ACC Network
Odds/Point Spread: Syracuse (+15)
Sam Howell and the North Carolina Tar Heels play the Syracuse Orange at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Syracuse opens this game as 15-point dogs. The over/under is set at 60.
The last time they took the field in 2019, the Syracuse Orange faced the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and added a win to their record by a score of 39-30. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Orange was Clayton Welch who went 21/36 with 234 yards by way of the pass and tossed 2 touchdowns. He gave away 2 interceptions for this game. Moe Neal paced the team on the ground in this contest. He tore off a long run of 15 yards and he added 1 TD for this contest. He rushed for a total of 98 yards by way of 20 carries which meant he was running for 4.9 yards per run. Trishton Jackson led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 111 yards on 10 catches. He notched an average of 11.1 yards per reception in this contest.
The Orange come into this matchup after finishing with a record of 5-7 for 2019. This team was one of the more average teams in terms of scoring in the conference and I wouldn't expect it to change too much this year. For total yardage, they sat in 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 90th in D-1 with 4,735 yards. They were in the middle of the pack in regards to scoring in the nation with an average of 28.3 points per game, putting them 68th in D-1. As a team, they averaged 154 rushing yards per contest which was 7th in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Orange had one of the worst defenses in the nation allowing 30.7 points per contest, putting them 11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 87th in Division 1. When it comes to passing yards, the Orange allowed 2,887 yards. Teams completed 53.4% of the passes they threw against them and averaged 7.4 yards per try. When talking about yards rushing, Syracuse allowed 201.6 yards per contest putting them 12th in the conference and 107th in Division 1. Opposing teams ran for an average of 4.9 yards per rush which had them at 13th in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 101st in the country overall. Overall, they allowed 2,419 rushing yards through 12 games.
In their last game last season, the North Carolina Tar Heels took the field against the Temple Owls and ended up getting the win by a score of 55-13. Javonte Williams paced the team in rushing for the game. He broke a long run for 24 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for 85 yards via 14 carries which meant he averaged 6.1 yards per run. Dyami Brown led the team in receiving yardage by earning 87 yards on 5 receptions. He averaged 17.4 yards per catch for the game. Leading the way at QB for the Tar Heels was Sam Howell who went 25/34 with 294 yards via the pass and added 3 TD's. He finished this contest without throwing a pick.
The Tar Heels step onto the field after finishing with a record of 7-6. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Tar Heels had one of the most prolific offenses in D-1. When talking about the points that were being put on the board, the Tar Heels sat in 3rd in the conference and 31st out of all the teams in the country averaging 33.1 points per contest. North Carolina built a respectable ground game last year by averaging 188.2 yards per game, which had them at 38th in college football. As a team, they had a total of 2,447 rushing yards through 13 games, so they will want to continue to try to improve on the run game so opponents will have to respect all facets of the game. The Tar Heels averaged 474 yards per contest overall which had them at 12th in the country and 2nd in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Tar Heels conceded 23.7 points per game ranking them 4th in the ACC and 44th in college football. Their pass defense was one of the middle of the road groups in college football. They conceded 229.6 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Tar Heels were ranked 7th in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In terms of points given up, they gave up 308 total points. When it comes to yards on the ground, theyallowed 143.8 yards per contest ranking them 50th in the nation and 6th in the conference. In 2019, they allowed 1,869 yards on the ground.
Who will win tonight's Orange/Tar Heels college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Tar Heels -15
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