Miami Hurricanes vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, 10/16/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Hurricanes vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Tar Heels (-7)
Kenan Memorial Stadium is where the North Carolina Tar Heels (3-3) will take on the Miami Hurricanes (2-3) on Saturday. North Carolina opens this game as 7-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 62.5.
The Miami Hurricanes come into this matchup with a record of 2-3 for this season. In their last matchup, the Hurricanes took on the Virginia Cavaliers and took a loss by a final of 30-28. Jaylan Knighton was the best rusher for the Hurricanes with 15 carries for 44 yards (2.9 yards per carry). Tyler Van Dyke went 15/29 with 203 yards passing and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rating of 121.9 and finished the contest with no picks. In the running game, the Hurricanes gave up 181 yards on 35 attempts, which is an average of 5.2 yards per run surrendered. Miami surrendered 25 pass completions on 44 attempts for a total of 268 yards, and a completion rate of 56.8%. In all, they had 69 plays which gave them a total of 372 yds. The Miami Hurricanes ended up running the ball 40 times and had 169 yards, which had them averaging 4.2 yards per tote.
When talking about putting the ball in the endzone, the Miami Hurricanes are averaging 30.4 points per outing. As a unit they're maintaining an average of 161.2 yards on the ground which ranks them 70th in college football. The Hurricanes have earned 2,192 total yards this season. When it comes to notching touchdowns, Miami has totaled 9 touchdowns through the air and 10 touchdowns via the ground. Miami has accounted for 121 1st downs, and they have been hurt by 34 infractions for 329 yds. They have surrendered the ball 7 different times.
When talking about passing yards, the Hurricanes have given up 1,251 yds which has them ranked 77th in college football. They have relinquished 250.2 yards per contest through the air in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 60.0%. In total, they are allowing 385.6 yards/outing ranking them 85th in the country. They have allowed 10 touchdowns via the pass and 5 touchdowns running the ball. They are allowing an average of 3.8 yards per attempt on the ground and 135.4 rushing yards per contest so far this year. Overall, they have given up 677 rushing yards through 5 games. The Hurricanes are ranked 90th in Division 1 when it comes to team defense, allowing 27.0 PPG.
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The Tar Heels step onto the field holding a record of 3-3 this year. The last time they took the gridiron, the Tar Heels took a defeat with a final score of 35-25 against the Florida State Seminoles. Sam Howell (2 TDs) ended the game with 203 yds on 17/32 through the air while his QB rating was 120.8. He had 1 pick and his Y/A was 6.3. Ty Chandler ran the football 14 times for 61 yds, finishing the game with 4.4 yds per attempt for North Carolina. North Carolina rushed the football for 6.4 yards per carry, finishing the contest with 229 yards on 36 carries. The Tar Heels ended up finishing with 432 yards while they ran 68 plays (6.4 yards per play). The Tar Heels secondary gave up a completion rate of 84.6%, surrendering 145 yds on 11 for 13 through the air. North Carolina relinquished 41 run attempts for 238 yds (5.8 yards per carry).
The North Carolina Tar Heels maintain an average of 486.2 yards per game, which ranks them 16th in Division 1. The North Carolina offense has compiled 371 penalty yds on 39 violations, which has them sitting 42nd in D-1 in terms of giving up free yards. Over the course of the season to this point, the Tar Heels currently sit at 1,751 passing yards as well as an average of 291.8 passing yards per contest, which has them ranked 23rd in D-1. In relation to the points being put on the board, the Tar Heels are sitting 28th in D-1 holding an average of 35.5 points per game.
North Carolina has allowed the opposition a total of 958 yards rushing (159.7 yards per outing) and 10 touchdowns via the rush so far this season. They have allowed 10 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 212.3 yards per contest, which has them sitting 61st in the nation. The Tar Heels defense has been on the field for 395 plays, ranking them 81st in the nation. The Tar Heels are surrendering 26.7 PPG, which has them 88th in college football. Overall, they have given up 160 points.
Who will win tonight's Hurricanes/Tar Heels college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Tar Heels -7
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