North Carolina Tar Heels at Clemson Tigers CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
North Carolina Tar Heels (2-1) at Clemson Tigers (1-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Clemson Tigers -14.5 -- Over/Under: 67 See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Clemson Tigers meet Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are coming off an embarrassing loss to the East Carolina Pirates, a loss in which they allowed 70 points. Defense hasn’t been a strong point this season for the Tar Heels, as they’re allowing 42 points and 548 yards per game. North Carolina has tried to make up for the lack of stops with 10 turnovers and four sacks. Jeff Schoettmer leads the Tar Heels with 21 tackles and Brian Walker has three interceptions. Offensively, quarterbacks Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky have combined for more than 700 yards and six touchdown passes, while the Tar Heels ground game is averaging four yards per carry. Mack Hollins is a big play threat on the outside for the North Carolina, as he’s racked up 242 yards and two touchdowns on just eight receptions. The North Carolina Tar Heels are a better team than what they showed last week, but their offense isn’t good enough to overcome the lack of defense.
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The Clemson Tigers suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Florida State Seminoles in overtime and will have to put that loss behind them here. Offensively, Clemson continues to switch between senior Cole Stoudt and freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson, as Watson’s athleticism provides a little more spark for the Tigers offense. Whoever plays quarterback for Clemson has their work cut out for them, as the ground game is averaging just three yards per carry, and the Tigers are trying to figure out a solution by giving six different players at least 15 touches. Mike Williams and Artavis Scott have combined for nearly 500 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the Clemson Tigers are allowing 273.3 yards per game and have forced four turnovers and 10 sacks. Stephone Anthony leads Clemson with 20 tackles and Vic Beasley has four sacks.
The Tar Heels are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Tigers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 conference games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
With or without Winston, the Clemson Tigers should have beaten the Florida State Seminoles in FSU. Meanwhile, North Carolina has allowed points left and right this season and just got waxed by East Carolina. Judging by the way these teams have played the last couple of weeks, Clemson should win this game pretty easily.