North Carolina vs. James Madison - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
James Madison Dukes (2-0) at North Carolina Tar Heels (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Kenan Stadium)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -25 -- Over/Under: 83 See the Latest Odds
The James Madison Dukes and North Carolina Tar Heels clash Saturday afternoon at Kenan Stadium.
The James Madison Dukes look to improve to 3-0 on the season after outscoring their first two opponents, 136-28. Bryan Schor is completing 78.1 percent of his passes for 314 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Schor must continue to be a difference maker in order for the Dukes to keep winning. Brandon Ravenel and Domo Taylor have combined for 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jonathan Kloosterman has five receptions. The James Madison Dukes ground game is averaging 405 yards per contest, and Cardon Johnson leads the way with 225 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, James Madison is allowing 14 points and 203 yards per game. Brandon Hereford leads the Dukes with 17 tackles, Dimitri Holloway has 1.5 tackles for loss and Raven Greene has one interception.
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The North Carolina Tar Heels hope for their first home victory in order to get a game above a .500 record. Mitch Trubisky is completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 421 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Trubisky has eight touchdown passes on in his last 111 pass attempts. Ryan Switzer and Bug Howard have combined for 195 receiving yards on 17 catches while Mack Hollins has four receptions. The North Carolina Tar Heels ground game is averaging 178 yards per contest, and Elijah Hood leads the way with 160 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, North Carolina is allowing 28 points and 391.5 yards per game. Andre Smith leads the Tar Heels with 21 tackles, Mikey Bart has one sack and Cole Holcomb has one pass deflection.
James Madison is a dangerous team that comes into this game very confident and on a roll. We're talking about a team that's racked up 136 points in two games and no matter what the comp was, that's impressive. However, despite playing a couple of ranked FCS schools, James Madison hasn't played many division 1 big boys recently unless you count SMU last season. The Dukes may be in over their heads here given the amount of talent UNC has.
The Dukes could make this game interesting, but I expect the Tar Heels to come out and play hard given its the first home game of the season.