Stanford vs. North Carolina: Sun Bowl - 12/30/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Stanford vs. North Carolina: Sun Bowl - 12/30/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina Tar Heels (8-4) at Stanford Cardinal (9-3)

College Football: Friday, December 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Sun Bowl)

The Line: Stanford Cardinal -2.5 -- Over/Under: 54 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Stanford Cardinal will play the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on December 30th.

The North Carolina Tar Heels are 8-4 (5-3) this season after losing to NC State by a score of 28-21 in their last game. North Carolina lost 2 of their last 3 games to end the season and finished tied for 2nd in the ACC Coastal Division. North Carolina has wins against The Citadel, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Miami, Florida State, Pittsburgh, James Madison, and Illinois this season. The North Carolina offense is averaging 33.1 points per game with 148.2 rushing yards and 294.2 passing yards per game. Mitch Trubisky is completing 68.9% of his passes for 3468 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions for North Carolina. Elijah Hood (OUT) has rushed for 858 yards and 8 touchdowns, while T.J. Logan has added 578 yards and 7 scores for the Tar Heels. Ryan Switzer is the leading receiver for UNC with 91 catches for 1027 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Bug Howard has added 48 catches for 768 yards and 7 touchdowns. The Tar Heels defense is giving up 24.9 points per game with 235.5 rushing yards and 183 passing yards per game. Andre Smith has led the North Carolina defense with 110 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Cole Holcomb has added 105 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Nick Weiler has gone 14-19 on field goals, with a long of 54 yards.

The Stanford Cardinal are 9-3 (6-3) this season after beating Rice by a score of 41-17 in their last game. Stanford won their last 5 games to end the season and was able to finish 3rd in the PAC-12 North standings. Stanford has also beaten California, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, and Kansas State this year. The Stanford offense is averaging 26.4 points per game with 215.6 rushing yards and 158.5 passing yards per game. Keller Chryst is completing 56.9% of his passes for 837 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Stanford. Christian McCaffrey (OUT) has ran for 1603 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Bryce Love has added 664 yards and 3 touchdowns for Stanford. Trenton Irwin has caught 36 passes for 437 yards and 1 touchdown, while Michael Rector has added 31 catches for 355 yards and 3 scores for the Cardinal. Stanford’s defense is giving up 20.2 points per game with 146.7 rushing yards and 218.9 passing yards per game. Dallas Lloyd has led the Stanford defense with 55 tackles and 3 interceptions, while Solomon Thomas has added 55 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks. Conrad Ukropina has gone 18-22 on field goals, with a long of 52 yards.

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Stanford is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 December games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 bowl games. The over is 4-0 in Stanford’s last 4 neutral site games. North Carolina is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. The over is 4-0 in North Carolina’s last 4 games against the PAC-12.

This will be yet another exciting bowl game during bowl season between two very good teams. North Carolina has a good passing attack, but will be up against a strong defense. With McCaffrey sitting this game out, I like North Carolina against a mediocre offense. 

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’s Pick North Carolina Tar Heels +2.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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