Pittsburgh Panthers (4-3) vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (6-1)
October 29, 2022 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -1.5 / Pittsburgh Panthers +1.5; Over/Under: 56.5
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The North Carolina Tar Heels and Pittsburgh Panthers clash Saturday in week 9 ACC college football action at Kenan Stadium. The Pittsburgh Panthers look for a win after splitting their last 6 games. The North Carolina Tar Heels look to build on their 3-game winning streak.
The Pittsburgh Panthers have won 6 of their last 7 road games. Kedon Slovis is completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 1,325 yards, 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Jared Wayne and Konata Mumpfield have combined for 678 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, while Gavin Bartholomew has 16 receptions. The Pittsburgh Panthers ground game is averaging 193.5 yards per contest, and Israel Abanikanda leads the way with 959 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 26.2 points and 337.2 yards per game. SirVocea Dennis leads the Pittsburgh Panthers with 47 tackles, Calijah Kancey has 3 sacks and Erick Hallett II has 3 interceptions.
The North Carolina Tar Heels have won 8 of their last 10 home games. Drake Maye is completing 70.1 percent of his passes for 2,283 yards, 24 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Josh Downs and Antoine Green have combined for 829 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns, while J.J. Jones has 14 receptions. The North Carolina Tar Heels ground game is averaging 179.3 yards per contest, and Maye leads the way with 378 yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, North Carolina is allowing 32.4 points and 476.3 yards per game. Cedric Gray leads the North Carolina Tar Heels with 73 tackles, Noah Taylor has 3.5 sacks and Storm Duck has 1 interception.
The Panthers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Tar Heels are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss. The over is 4-1 in Panthers last 5 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Tar Heels last 7 games on grass. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Pittsburgh Panthers continue to underachieve against quality competition, and their defense struggles to keep up. The North Carolina Tar Heels are quietly the hottest team in the ACC, and they’re led by easily one of the best offenses in the country. Drake Maye is making a case as the best quarterback in college football. You can argue UNC should be a bigger favorite. Pittsburgh isn’t consistent enough to match UNC score for score. I’ll gladly lay the small number with the Tar Heels.