Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-2) at North Carolina Tar Heels (5-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Kenan Memorial Stadium)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -13 -- Over/Under: 65.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the North Carolina Tar Heels meet in a local rivalry in an ACC college football matchup from Kenan Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will look to build off of their four-game winning streak after a 38-14 win over Syracuse last time out. Sam Hartman has thrown for 1,253 yards and 4 touchdowns on 62% passing while Kenneth Walker leads Wake in rushing with 528 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns and Christian Beal-Smith has 472 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns as well this season. Jaquaril Roberson leads Wake Forest with 33 grabs for 490 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns while Donavon Greene has 290 receiving yards and Taylor Morin has 244 receiving yards this season. A.T. Perry also has 197 receiving yards for the Demon Deacons this year. Defensively, Ja’Cquez Williams leads Wake Forest with 48 total tackles including a team-high 28 solo tackles while Nick Andersen has 3 interceptions and Carlos Basham Jr. has a team-high 5 sacks.
The North Carolina Tar Heels will look to build on a 56-24 rout of Duke on the road last time out to improve to 5-2 this season. Sam Howell has thrown for 17 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 67% passing while Javonte Williams has a team-high 767 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns while Michael Carter has 733 rushing yards and 4 scores. Dyami Brown leads UNC with 37 catches and 666 receiving yards with 6 touchdowns while Dazz Newsome, Beau Corrales and the aforementioned Williams each have 200+ receiving yards. Khafre Brown, the previously mentioned Michael Carter, Emery Simmons and Garett Walston each have 100+ receiving yards as well. Defensively, Chazz Surratt leads UNC with 54 total tackles including 29 solo tackles as well as 4 sacks. Jeremiah Gemmel has 29 solo tackles as well while Tomon Fox has a team-high 4.5 sacks and Tomari Fox has 4 sacks as well this season.
Wake Forest is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. North Carolina is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. The home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and Wake Forest is 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at UNC.
I think you could make a case for either of these teams as Wake Forest is hot right now and is looked really good during their winning streak, but the same could be said for UNC who bounced back big after their loss to Virginia. With that said, both teams have been scoring for fun this season for the most part, with Wake putting up 38 in three of their last five games and UNC scoring 41 or more in four of their last five. UNC’s last two home games have also totalled 186 points. I think we have a high-scoring affair here, so I’ll take the over in this spot.