North Carolina Tar Heels (7-3) at Miami-FL Hurricanes (8-1)
College Football: Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Hard Rock Stadium)
The Line: Miami-FL Hurricanes -4 -- Over/Under: 63.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami Hurricanes face off with the North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday in week 15 ACC college football action from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
North Carolina enters this one at 7-3 so far. The Tar Heels are 1-1 in their last pair, falling to Notre Dame by 14 then drilling Western Carolina over the weekend. As for Miami, they’re rolling along at 8-1 this year. The Hurricanes have won their last five straight games, most recently shutting out Duke last Saturday. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
North Carolina has had a solid year so far against some tough opponents, with relatively few stumbles. The Tar Heels are 3-1 in their last four games, falling to Notre Dame 31-17 while otherwise taking out Duke 56-24, Wake Forest 59-53 and Western Carolina 49-9.
In the win over the Catamounts, North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell posted 287 yards with two touchdowns, and Michael Carter led the rush with 73 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries. Dazz Newsome was the top receiver in that one with 82 yards and a score off six catches.
Over on the Miami side, they’ve had a few scares this season, but still just the Clemson game (42-17) in the loss column. Since then it’s been five straight wins for the Hurricanes: 31-19 over Pittsburgh, 19-14 over Virginia, 44-41 over NC State, 25-24 over Virginia Tech and 48-0 over Duke.
In the win over the Blue Devils, Miami quarterback D’Eriq King managed 248 yards and three touchdowns. Cam’Ron Harris added 15 carries for 96 yards and two touchdowns, and Mike Harley posted 105 yards and a score off two big catches.
The Tar Heels are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 after an ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five overall. North Carolina is 1-4 ATS in their last five on grass and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games versus a team with a winning home record.
Meanwhile, Miami is 7-3 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 in December. The under is 13-3 in the Hurricanes’ last 16 in December and 4-1 in their last five after a straight-up win.
PICK: I’m leaning toward North Carolina here. This one could realistically go either way though, and it should be a great matchup. Miami had a string of close escapes versus three tough teams lately, winning by no more than five points in that stretch. The Tar Heels have notched 49 or more points in each of their last three wins, and I think North Carolina has the offensive gas to keep up here. This should be a great game, so be sure to tune in.