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Belk Bowl betting: Cincinnati Bearcats vs UNC Tar Heels

Cincinnati Bearcats North Carolina Tar Heels
9-2 December 28, 2013, 03:20 | Bank of America Stadium 6-6

Cincinnati will close out its season against North Carolina on December 28 as those two schools battle in the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Cincinnati is just 3-7 ATS past 10 bowl games but has won and covered past two. The Bearcats won the 2013 Belk Bowl and boast a 12-3 SU record in their past 15 games overall.

The OVER is 4-1 past five UNC bowl games, while they are 6-1 ATS in their past seven games overall.

The Tar Heels sport a record of 6-6 and 7-5 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Bearcats sit at 9-2 and 6-5 ATS on the season. The over under records are 4-8 for the Tar Heels and 6-5 for the Bearcats.

View Cincinnati Bearcats vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds and Stats.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 47-rated Tar Heels and the No. 40-rated Bearcats in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 38-32 win for the Bearcats on Saturday.

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In their last action, Cincinnati was a 31-24 loser at home against Louisville. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (55) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Marquise Williams went over the 100-yard mark (104) in his team's latest effort, but Duke still defeated North Carolina by a score of 27-25.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits North Carolina's No. 47-ranked offense, averaging 32.17 PPG, against a Bearcats defense that ranks No. 12 this week at 19.5 PPG. The Tar Heels aerial game is averaging 286.25 yards per game, more than the Bearcats secondary allows through the air, 214.5 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Bearcats own the league's No. 5-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 93.67 yards per game when on the road. North Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 74 this week in generating rushing yards at home.