Prediction: North Carolina vs Western Carolina 12/5/20 College Football Picks, Odds

Prediction: North Carolina vs Western Carolina 12/5/20 College Football Picks, Odds Photo by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Western Carolina Catamounts (0-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (6-3)

College Football: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Kenan Memorial Stadium)

The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -45.5 -- Over/Under: 72.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The North Carolina Tar Heels host the Western Carolina Catamounts for their meeting Saturday in college football action from Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill. 

Western Carolina stands at 0-2 so far this year. The Catamounts have recorded losses to Liberty and Eastern Kentucky in their first pair of games. As for North Carolina, they’re 6-3 this season. The Tar Heels had consecutive wins going, but fell to Notre Dame by 14 in their last appearance. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place. 

Western Carolina hasn’t gotten great results on the field so far, to say the least. The Catamounts have had trouble scoring and they’ve been hemorrhaging points on defense as well. The two Western Carolina losses have come 58-14 to Liberty and 49-17 to Eastern Kentucky. 

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In the loss to the Colonels, Western Carolina quarterback Will Jones put up 127 yards with one TD and one interception, and Donnavan Spencer led the rush on 56 yards from 13 carries. Tops in receiving was Clayton Bardall with his 40-yard catch. 

Over on the North Carolina side, they’ve been pretty solid overall outside of a few slip-ups against the tougher teams on the schedule. The Tar Heels had consecutive wins versus Duke 56-24 and Wake Forest 59-53, but dropped one to a great Notre Dame team 31-17 in their last game. 

In the loss to the Irish, Tar Heels quarterback Sam Howell managed 211 yards with one TD, and Michael Carter added 57 rush yards on eight carries. Dynami Brown was the lead North Carolina receiver on four catches and 84 yards. 

The Catamounts are 5-2 ATS in the last seven road games versus a team with a winning home record and the over is 5-2 in their last seven after a straight-up loss. The over is 11-5 in Western Carolina’s  last 16 overall and 11-5 in their last 16 road games. 

Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in the last five versus the SoCon and 5-2 ATS versus a team with a losing record. North Carolina is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and the over is 4-1 in their last five overall. 

PICK: I’m sticking with the Tar Heels, even though that line is borderline outrageous. Generally speaking, North Carolina is a great offensive team this year, and they post points in bunches outside of those tougher matchups. This certainly isn’t a tough matchup on paper, as the Catamounts have just 31 combined points over two games, as opposed to 107 points allowed in that time. The Tar Heels should have a relatively great opportunity for a cover here, but it's a HUGE spread to accommodate. Probably best to stay away from this one. 

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Andrew’s Pick North Carolina Tar Heels -45.5

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

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