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Russell Athletic Bowl - Baylor Bears vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - 12/29/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina Tar Heels (11-2) at Baylor Bears (9-3)

College Football: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm (Florida Citrus Bowl)

The Line: Baylor Bears -3.5 -- Over/Under: 70 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The North Carolina Tar Heels will play the Baylor Bears in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The Baylor Bears were 9-3 this season and finished 4th in the Big 12 standings. The Baylor offense is averaging 48.3 points per game with 304.4 passing yards per game and 300.2 rushing yards per game. Chris Johnson is the quarterback for Baylor who is completing 39.5% of his passes for 220 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Shock Linwood has 1329 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns for Baylor. Johnny Jefferson has 701 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns for the Bears. Corey Coleman has 1363 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns, while KD Cannon has 828 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns for Baylor. The Baylor defense is giving up 27.5 points with 232.7 passing yards per game and 156.3 rushing yards per game. Grant Campbell has 90 tackles, Jamal Palmer has 5.5 sacks, and Xavien Howard has 5 interceptions. Baylor is -1 in turnover margin this season. Coleman and Linwood are questionable with injuries.

Russell Athletic Bowl - Baylor Bears vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - 12/29/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The North Carolina Tar Heels were 11-2 this season and lost to Clemson in the ACC Championship game by a score of 45-37. The North Carolina offense is averaging 40.9 points per game with 264 passing yards per game and 222.9 rushing yards per game. Marquise Williams is the North Carolina quarterback who is completing 61.4% of his passes for 2829 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Williams also has 867 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for North Carolina. Elijah Hood has 1345 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns for the Tar Heels. Mack Hollins has 711 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns, while Ryan Switzer has 668 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns for North Carolina. The North Carolina defense is giving up 22.6 points per game with 216.8 rushing yards per game and 194.5 passing yards per game. Shakeel Rashad has 110 tackles, Mikey Bart has 6.5 sacks, and M.J. Stewart has 4 interceptions for North Carolina. North Carolina is +8 in turnover margin this season.

North Carolina had a great season and won 11 games in a row at one point this season. The North Carolina offense is very powerful, as they are the 11th ranked offense in the nation. North Carolina scored over 35 points in 9 of their games this season. North Carolina’s defense isn’t the best, but their offense has been able to cover up the defense so far this season. Baylor had a good year but injuries to their first two quarterbacks have really slowed down their offense. Baylor did have the best scoring offense in the nation this season, and may be able to have a field day against an averaging North Carolina defense. If their quarterback can be a little more accurate, Baylor will be able to score a lot of points. I expect this game to be a shootout, but I am going to pick North Carolina.

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North Carolina Tar Heels -3

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