Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (1-3) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Bobby Dodd Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down in Atlanta at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be meeting up in college football action.
The Tar Heels enter this game at 1-3 on the year, following a win over Old Dominion on September 16 and three losses versus Cal, Louisville and Duke. In that Blue Devils game, North Carolina QB Chazz Surratt finished 17-of-32 for 259 yards, a TD and one pick, while also leading the team in rushing with 77 yards and a score on 17 carries. Anthony Ratliff-Williams had a big day for the Tar Heels with five catches for 125 yards and a score.
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On the season, Surratt has 847 yards, five scores and the pick; Jordan Brown is the top North Carolina rusher with 46 carries for 228 yards and two scores. Austin Proehl is the Tar Heels’ leading receiver with 16 catches for 270 yards and a TD.
Over on the Georgia Tech side, they’re currently 2-1 following a 2OT loss to Tennessee, a win over Jacksonville State, a canceled game versus UCF and a 35-17 win over Pitt in their last outing. During that Panthers game, Georgia Tech QB TaQuon Marshall threw just seven passes, completing four for 48 yards. Marshall also rushed for 112 yards and two scores, but KirVonte Benson was the leading Jacket on the ground with 29 carries, 196 yards and two touchdowns.
Through three games so far, Marshall has 280 yards and three touchdowns through the air while also leading Georgia Tech in rushing with 75 carries for 386 yards and eight scores. Ricky Jeune is the leading Yellow Jacket in receiving with six grabs for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
North Carolina is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up loss. The Tar Heels are also 5-2 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games in September.
Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 5-0 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. Georgia Tech is also 7-0 ATS in their last seven games overall and 4-1-1 AS in their last six games in September.
There’s really no debate on what Georgia Tech is going to do here. The Jackets will run, run and run some more, considering they have just 14 completions through three games compared to 202 rushing attempts and 1181 yards as a team. North Carolina is a little more balanced on offense, but there is admittedly some question as far as whether they’ll be able to keep up with Georgia Tech in the small amount of possession time the Tar Heels are likely to have. I’m going to say no, and go with Georgia Tech to cover here. The under doesn’t seem like a bad play, either, as long as it's not a crazy number.