ACC College Football Picks: Back North Carolina's Momentum Against Miami

Joe Catalano

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 7:11 PM UTC

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 7:11 PM UTC

The North Carolina Tarheels come into a matchup this Saturday against the Miami Hurricanes after destroying the Duke, let's take a look at the college football odds to come up with our selection.

Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, November 14th, at 3:30 p.m. EST at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. According to 5Dimes,the Heels are a 12.5 betting favorite and the total is currently at 64.5 on the college football odds. Check in up until game time at as the total will become available as we draw closer to game time.


Williams = Wow
North Carolina senior quarterback, Marquise Williams, comes into this game with a boatload of confidence against UNC's hated rivals, the Duke Blue Devils.

In this game, Williams threw for a career high 494 yards and 4 touchdowns. Not only that, it could have been worse, but the Tarheels "called off the dogs" as this is proper ettiquette in sports.of not rubbing it in, so to speak. Williams has has a very good college career, but this is the type of game that might be in the minds of a pro scout, seeking a late draft pick or free agent. Williams might have just made himself some coin.

Now, Williams has to face the Miami Hurricanes and although the Hurricanes have already been embarrassed this season with the worst loss in their history against Clemson, they don't want to let it happen a second time. Williams' job is to leave an impression on the pollsters in hopes of UNC moving up the rankings and somehow making the playoffs if "the stars are all aligned". Nonetheless, I don't expect a 500 yard game from Williams, but he should be loaded with confidence.


Well Balanced Attack
When a team has a well balanced attack, it leaves the opposition guessing and North Carolina has that going for them along with an offense that scores over 40 points a game and a defense which allows under 20 points per game.

Williams is a double threat that can run the ball as his statisitics indicate, but Elijah Hood will be the player for UNC to focus on as he's had an outstanding season. Hood had a 3 touchdown against Duke and overall on the season, has 813 yards and 11 TD's. With Williams, Hood, and an unstoppable North Carolina defense, the Canes are in big trouble in this matchup and I feel that Miami gets respect with odds makers due to their storied history.


Upset in Chapel Hill?
Not in 2015 as Miami has some weapons, but aren't consistent enough on the defensive end and just don't have the talent that North Carolina possesses.

Hurricanes quarterback, Brad Kaaya, has been sharp this season as he's thrown for 2132 yards with 12 TD's and 3 INT's and has been injured for a part of the season. The only poor outing that Kaaya had was the 58-0 loss to Clemson and Kaaya was injured. It will be interesting to see how he will deal with the UNC pass rush. 

One player that always gets overlooked is wide receiver, Stacy Coley. This is a player who is always underpriced in fantasy leagues and usually delivers.

Last week. Coley delivered a 7 reception game for 132 yards and 1 TD. Coley is a big play player and has scored in his last 2 games while being very productive. Expect Kaaya to be using Coley as his safety valve as Miami will need big yardage plays to even be competitive in this game.

In the end, I think North Carolina and their starting quarterback are on a major high. Even Miami won't be able to contend with them and the UNC defense. Look for a UNC cover as the college football pick as they attempt to move up the AP Top 25 Rankings.

College Football Pick: North Carolina -12 at 5Dimes

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