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North Carolina vs. Louisville - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisville Cardinals (1-0) at North Carolina Tar Heels (0-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Kenan Stadium)

The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

We’ve got a fun college football matchup coming on Saturday, September 9 from Kenan Memorial Stadium as the Louisville Cardinals visit the North Carolina Tar Heels. 

Louisville started out the season on a high note with a 35-28 victory over Purdue. The Cardinals overcame some early mistakes and outscored the Boilermakers 25-14 in the second half after trailing 14-10 at halftime. Lamar Jackson had a great outing in his Week 1 debut, going 30-of-46 for 378 yards and two touchdowns through the air and 21 carries for 107 yards on the ground. Jaylen Smith was the Cardinals’ leading receiver with eight grabs for 117 yards. 

North Carolina vs. Louisville - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Louisville is coming off a 2016 in which they went 9-4 overall and 7-1 in the ACC for an Atlantic Division Co-Championship. The Cardinals come into 2017 with a sour taste in their collective mouth after a 29-9 Citrus Bowl defeat at the hands of LSU. 

Over on the North Carolina side, they fell to California in Week 1 35-30, allowing 363 passing yards and four touchdowns to the Bears’ Ross Bowers. The Tar Heels had some troubles when it came to their own passing game, as starter Brandon Harris posted a pair of interceptions and was pulled in favor of Chazz Surratt, who fared better on 161 yards and one TD. 

North Carolina is coming off an 8-5 season overall and a 5-3 mark in the ACC. The Tar Heels made it to the Sun Bowl, where they recorded a loss 25-23 to Stanford. 

Louisville is 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games in September and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games. The Cardinals are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall and the over is 4-0 in the Cardinals’ last four games in September. 

Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are 5-2 ATS in the last seven games overall and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games in September. The under is 4-0 in the Tar Heels’ last four games overall and 7-1 in the Heels’ last eight games on grass. 

Louisville looked a little shaky in the first half in Week 1, but to their credit they righted the ship and moved on to a victory. As for the Tar Heels, they seem to have more issues than a lot of people thought, starting right off with the QB situation. I do think NC will get it together and hit their stride this season, but for right now the Cardinals are the far superior team. Give me Louisville to cover.

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