Syracuse at. North Carolina - Game Day College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Syracuse at. North Carolina - Game Day College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina vs. Syracuse

College Football: Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Kenan Memorial Stadium)

The Line: North Carolina -15 -- Over/Under: 60 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The North Carolina Tar Heels and Syracuse Orange face off on Saturday in an ACC showdown at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The last time these two teams faced off was in 2018 with Syracuse coming away with a 40-37 victory. 

The North Carolina Tar Heels look like they could be a team on the rise with Mack Brown now calling the shots. North Carolina finished last year with a 7-6 record including beating Temple 55-13 in the Military Bowl. The Tar Heels offense was one of the best in the Nation and a big reason was because of quarterback Sam Howell who was a standout last season. Howell finished last season throwing for 3,641 yards, 38 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Outside of Howell, the team also brings back nine other starters on that side of the ball. 

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The Tar Heels offense got all the attention last year, but the defense was also decent. North Carolina gave up 23.7 points per game which ranked them 44th in the country. North Carolina gave up 229.6 yards through the air and 143.8 yards per game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Syracuse Orange who will look to bounce back after having some struggles during the 2019 season finishing with only five wins. There was a lot of talk about quarterback Tommy Devito when he came to Syracuse, but he hasn’t lived up to those expectations. Last season Devito finished throwing for 2,360 yards, 19 touchdowns, and five interceptions. Syracuse did bring in two new coordinators and there are some playmakers on defense, and in this game the defense is going to need to step up. 

The under is 7-2 in Syracuse’s last nine games on grass. The Orange are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games overall. North Carolina is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight home games. The over is 9-4-1 in North Carolina’s last 14 conference games. 

North Carolina is the more talented team but I see a big season from Devito for Syracuse and he is going to have a big game in this one. It might not be enough to come away with a victory, but Syracuse will cover the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Syracuse +15

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