North Carolina vs. Western Carolina - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Carolina Catamounts (7-4) at North Carolina Tar Heels (2-8)
College Football: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Kenan Stadium)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -21.5 -- Over/Under: 61 See the Latest Odds
Over in Chapel Hill at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Saturday, the Western Carolina Catamounts and the North Carolina Tar Heels will be matching up in college football activity.
Western Carolina comes into this game with a 7-4 record overall. The Catamounts are 1-2 in their last three games, beating the Citadel and falling to Furman and Mercer in that time.
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In that Mercer game, Western Carolina QB Tyrie Adams put up a 35-of-47 line for 378 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Detrez Newsome posted 19 carries for 60 yards and a TD, and Terryon Robinson was the top Catamounts receiver with nine catches for 119 yards and a score.
Over on the North Carolina side, they’re sitting at 2-8 on the year. The Tar Heels had a six-game losing streak going but did win their last appearance against Pittsburgh. In that Panthers game, North Carolina QB Nathan Elliott put up 235 yards and two TDs.
This year, Elliott has put up 408 yards with three TDs and three INTs, and Jordon Brown tops out the Tar Heels rushers with 529 yards and three TDs from 119 carries. Anthony Ratliff-Williams has 411 yards and four TDs off 25 catches to lead the Tar Heels in receiving.
The Catamounts are 4-0 ATS in their last four games in November and the over is 7-1 in their last eight games after posting less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game. The over is also 6-1 in Western Carolina’s last seven games after putting up less than 275 yards in their previous game.
Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are 0-5 ATS in their last five games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and the under is 4-0 in their last four home games. The under is also 8-1 in North Carolina’s last nine games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
The Catamounts have had a little defensive difficulty over their last two losses, giving up a total of 63 points in those. The good news for Western Carolina is that they’ve scored at least 31 in each of their last two outings. As for North Carolina, they hadn’t scored more than 19 points in any game during that losing streak but posted 34 on Pitt. The Tar Heels have given up at least 20 points in every game this year, though. I like Western Carolina to hang in here and cover, but this should be a sloppy game.