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Georgia Tech vs UNC Betting Preview

North Carolina steps into ACC play when it visits 2-0 Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon down at Bobby Dodd Stadium (noon ET, ESPN).

As of early this week the 1-1 Heels, who had last week off, were getting six points as road underdogs from the Yellowjackets, who have beaten UNC four times in a row, including last year 68-50, the highest-scoring ACC game ever.

Overall, Georgia Tech owns a 13-2 SU mark against UNC dating to 1998.

View North Carolina vs Georgia Tech Odds and Stats.

Georgia Tech UNC Betting Line: The home team opened as 3.5-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. The over under line was 59 in midweek betting at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction: It's a betting matchup between the No. 4-rated Yellow Jackets and the No. 65-ranked Tar Heels, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 54-29 result in favor of the Yellow Jackets.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Georgia Tech's No. 3-ranked offense (54 PPG) against a Tar Heels defense that ranks No. 56 at 23.5 PPG. The Yellow Jackets passing attack has averaged 157 yards per game, less than the Tar Heels give up through the air (210.5 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Tar Heels feature the league's No. 75-rated road run defense, allowing 228 yards per game. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, ranks No. 7 in rushing offense at home.

North Carolina was a 40-20 winner in their most recent outing at home against Middle Tennessee. They covered the 19.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (60) made winners of UNDER bettors. In North Carolina's last outing, Bryn Renner threw for 339 yards to lead the Tar Heels over Middle Tennessee 40-20 at Kenan Stadium.

Georgia Tech was a 38-14 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Duke. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (52) made winners of UNDER bettors. Duke didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Yellow Jackets as Georgia Tech blasted them 38-14 in Week 3 action.

North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on grass are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 6-4

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing within the conference are 6-4

A few Tar Heels at Yellow Jackets trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of North Carolina's last 6 games when playing on the road against Georgia Tech
North Carolina is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of North Carolina's last 6 games when playing Georgia Tech
North Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against North Carolina
Georgia Tech is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing North Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Georgia Tech's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Georgia Tech's last 6 games when playing at home against North Carolina

Next up:
North Carolina home to East Carolina, Saturday, September 28
Georgia Tech home to Virginia Tech, Thursday, September 26