College Football Picks: Miami vs. North Carolina Preview

Jeff Grant

Monday, October 14, 2013 1:14 PM GMT

The Miami Hurricanes and the North Carolina Tar Heels should both be able to move the football Thursday night, when the two teams meet up in a primetime affair.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this Week 8 matchup at Kenan Memorial Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. What does the sports betting for this game look like this early in the week?

In search of perfection

Miami is 5-0 SUATS through five games this season, as it was last seen picking up a 45-30 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as six-point home favorites on October 5th, while going ‘Over’ the betting total for a third consecutive contest.

The Hurricanes have compiled a 15-3 SU all-time record in ESPN Thursday night games, which includes a 5-2 mark on the road.

Try to turn things around

North Carolina is hoping to turn things around after compiling a 1-4 SUATS record heading into this affair, with the ‘Under’ cashing in four of those affairs.

The Tar Heels are hoping that quarterback Bryn Renner can return from a foot injury, as he missed the team’s 27-17 loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies as eight-point road underdogs on October 5th.

Renner ranks 20th nationally, averaging 279.3 passing yards per game, as he prepares to make his 30th start for the program.

Turnover margin

College football handicappers need to be aware that the Hurricanes possess a plus-six turnover margin, which is much better than the Tar Heels minus-three mark in that all-important category.

It’s important to point out that the statistic may be skewed a bit, considering Miami has played just a single road game, while North Carolina has played three of its five contests away from home.

Taking on ranked opponents

The early line movement in terms of the point spread suggests that the Tar Heels may be dangerous home underdogs in this spot, but they’ve dropped their last six games versus ranked opponents.

In the last nine meetings in this series, the underdog has compiled a 7-1-1 ATS record, while the ‘Over’ is 4-0 in the last four games played in North Carolina.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that, for their college football picks, readers play the total in this encounter as the ‘Over’ is 3-0 in Miami’s three games as a road favorite since 2011.

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NCAA FB Pick: Bet the Miami/NorthCarolina game to go OVER 60 points

(Most sportsbooks do not have the total for this match yet, so make sure you shop around when they release numbers later in the week)

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