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Old Dominion vs. North Carolina - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina Tar Heels (0-2) at Old Dominion Monarchs (2-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Foreman Field)

The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs +7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Out at Foreman Field in Norfolk on Saturday, September 16, the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Old Dominion Monarchs will be meeting up in Week 3 college football action. 

North Carolina is sitting at 0-2 so far this year, falling to Cal 35-30 in the opener, and then 47-35 to Louisville this past Saturday. In that game, Tar Heels QBs Brandon Harris and Chazz Surratt combined for 384 yards and three touchdowns, while Austin Proehl put up eight catches for 120 yards to lead the receivers. 

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Old Dominion vs. North Carolina - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Through the two games so far, Surratt and Harris have combined for 605 yards and four scores with two picks, and Michael Carter leads the Tar Heels with 19 carries for 109 yards and three scores. Proehl is tops among receivers with 12 catches for 175 yards. 

Over on the Old Dominion side, they’re sitting at 2-0 on the year so far after a win 31-17 over Albany in Week 1 and a 17-7 win over UMass in Week 2. In that UMass game, Old Dominion QB Blake LaRussa went 10-of-22 for 129 yards and a TD, while fellow QB Jordan Hoy bagged a rush TD and 43 yards on the ground. 

On the Monarchs season so far, LaRussa has 290 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, while Jeremy Cox leads the rushers on 39 carries and 119 yards. Jonathan Duhart is tops in the Old Dominion receiving game with seven catches for 121 yards and two TDs. 

The Tar Heels are 6-1 ATS in their last seven versus Conference USA and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss. North Carolina is also 4-1 ATS in their last five versus a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games. 

Meanwhile, Old Dominion is 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win, and 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 versus a team with a losing record. The Monarchs are also 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 home games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. 

UNC is sitting at 0-2 for the first time since 2010 and have a lot of unknowns moving forward. The Tar Heels’ offensive line has already been beat up and is stretching itself very thin, which doesn’t  bode well for their scoring capabilities. Old Dominion, meanwhile, has looked fairly impressive in their two games thus far but this will be their biggest test of the year up to now. I like the Monarchs to hang around here and get a cover.

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