College Football

Week 2: Georgia State vs North Carolina 9/10/22 College Football Picks, Predictions, Odds

North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0) vs. Georgia State Panthers (0-1)
September 10, 2022 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: Georgia State Panthers +9 / North Carolina Tar Heels -9; Over/Under: +68
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The Georgia State Panthers and North Carolina Tar Heels clash Saturday night in week 2 college football action at Center Parc Stadium. The North Carolina Tar Heels look for a 3-0 start for the second time in the last 3 years. The Georgia State Panthers need a win after losing their opener to South Carolina.

The North Carolina Tar Heels have lost 4 of their last 5 road games. Drake Maye is completing 73.6 percent of his passes for 646 yards, 9 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Bryson Nesbit and JJ Jones have combined for 200 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Kobe Paysour has 9 receptions. The North Carolina Tar Heels ground game is averaging 264.5 yards per contest, and Maye leads the way with 131 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, North Carolina is allowing 42.5 points and 492 yards per game. Cedric Gray leads the North Carolina Tar Heels with 19 tackles, Kaimon Rucker has 1.5 sacks and Storm Duck has 1 interception.

The Georgia State Panthers have won their last 3 home games. Darren Grainger is completing 24.1 percent of his passes for 111 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Jamari Thrash and Jamyest Williams have combined for 94 receiving yards on 6 catches, while Robert Lewis has 1 reception. The Georgia State Panthers ground game is averaging 200 yards per contest, and Williams leads the way with 76 yards on 13 carries. Defensively, Georgia State is allowing 35 points and 306 yards per game. Jordan Veneziale leads the Georgia State Panthers with 8 tackles, Blake Carroll has 1 sack and Quavian White has 2 interceptions.

Will update with trends once they’re released.

The North Carolina Tar Heels are the more talented team and should win the game, but their defensive effort through 2 games isn’t all that encouraging. UNC allowed 40 points in the fourth quarter last week to App State and even allowed over 300 yards and 24 points to Florida A&M. Those sorts of efforts don’t excite me to lay decent sized chalk on the road. It just doesn’t. Yes, the Georgia State Panthers didn’t look good against South Carolina, but maybe things pick up at home. Either way, I don’t like how UNC has looked defensively. It’s the points or pass for me.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick:
Georgia State Panthers +9
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