North Carolina Tar Heels vs. San Diego State Aztecs Pick-Odds-Prediction 9/6/14
San Diego State Aztecs (1-0) at North Carolina Tar Heels (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Kenan Stadium)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Diego State Aztecs travel to North Carolina to play the Tar Heels on Saturday.
San Diego State won their first game of the season against Northern Arizona 38-7. The Aztecs scored the first 24 points and never looked back after that. RB Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns. QB Quinn Kaehler completed 18 of 29 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown. Kaehler has now passed for over 200-yards in 13 consecutive games, dating back to last season. Kaehler passed for over 3,000 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. After losing RB Adam Muema at the end of last season, Pumphrey, an undersized running back, will have to carry the load this season. Defensively, the Aztecs have plenty of experience on the defensive line and the linebacking crew. The defense runs a 3-3-5 and has shown to be pretty stingy against the run. The secondary should be a solid part of the defense, but it will be tested this weekend at North Carolina.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels destroyed Liberty in their season opener 56-29. The Tar Heels only led by 6 points at halftime, but they came out and scored 28 points in the third quarter to pull away for good. QB Marquise Williams completed 19 of 29 passed for 169 yards to go with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Williams also rushed for 52 yards and 2 touchdowns, while RB Charles Brunson carried the ball 9 times for 54 yards and a touchdown. The Tar Heel defense forced 6 turnovers and gave up 346 yards in the win. Even after the departure of star TE Eric Ebron, the Tar Heels return plenty of talent at the skill positions. WR Quinshad Davis has recorded 109 catches for 1506 yards and 15 touchdowns through his first two seasons, while also passing for two touchdowns on trick plays. Davis is ready to carry the load in Ebron’s absence, along with sophomore slot receiver and punt return sensation Ryan Switzer. Defensively, only one full time starter on the line returns in DT Ethan Farmer. While there is plenty of experience waiting in the wings, few of the potential starters possess the requisite girth to clog up the line, and two who did, Shawn Underwood and Greg Webb, have left the program. The Tar Heels will be tested on Saturday and cannot afford to take San Diego State lightly.
This game should be a high scoring affair, as San Diego State will have success running the ball against a weak defensive front at North Carolina. The Tar Heels should have no problem moving the ball against the Aztecs and turnovers may play a huge part in this game. San Diego State has a long way to travel and I believe they will struggle early and often. I’m going to lay the points and take the Tar Heels to win by 20 in this one.