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Tar Heels and Bulldogs Have Not Met Since 1971

Georgia and UNC will begin their 2016 football seasons against each other in this year’s Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game. These two schools have not met on the gridiron in 45 years so the matchup stats mean exactly dick.

SHARK BITES
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of UNC’s last 6 games.
  • Georgia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games that have all gone UNDER.
  • The Bulldogs are on a four-game win streak against the Tar Heels.

The Tar Heels are coming off a very respectable season in which they lost to Clemson, the eventual national championship runners-up, in the ACC championship game. They finished the season 11-3 SU and 8-6 against the spread and had the ninth-highest scoring offense in the nation.

While UNC had one of the best offenses last year, the Bulldogs had one of the best defenses. They finished 2015 10-3 SU and 6-7 ATS while giving up just 16.92 points per game.

This matchup will feature a battle between two elite running backs. Junior Nick Chubb (Georgia) averaged 7.4 yards per carry before a major knee surgery that he is now fully recovered from and Elijah Hood (North Carolina) averaged 6.7 yards per carry last season. With a new quarterback at the helm for the Tar Heels, expect them to lean heavily on their workhorse back.

Georgia is the slight favorite right now but money is pouring in on the Tar Heel points. Our computer agrees with the public on this one, it has UNC edging the Bulldogs by just over a point.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the North Carolina Tar Heels pegged as 3.5-point underdogs in this matchup. The total, meanwhile, had yet to be posted as of writing - check the lines shortly.

A 33-31 result in favor of the Tar Heels is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Georgia Bulldogs vs North Carolina Tar Heels Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

North Carolina will face the 0-0 Georgia Bulldogs, who own a 0-0 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the North Carolina Tar Heels are 0-0 so far this season while the Bulldogs are 0-0. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and North Carolina vs Georgia injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the North Carolina Tar Heels rated this week at No. 15 and the Georgia Bulldogs sitting at No. 46.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the North Carolina Tar Heels No. -ranked offense ( PPG) against a Georgia Bulldogs defense that ranks No. at PPG. The North Carolina Tar Heels passing attack has averaged yards per game, more than the Georgia Bulldogs give up through the air ( YPG on average).

Defensively, the Georgia Bulldogs feature the league's No. 66-rated road run defense, allowing 182.83 yards per game. North Carolina, meanwhile, ranks No. 34 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Malcolm Mitchell hauled in 5 passes for 114 yards against the Penn State defense in the team's last game, leading Georgia over the Nittany Lions 24-17 on Saturday.

Elijah Hood ran through the Baylor defense for 118 yards in North Carolina's last game, but the Tar Heels still lost a 49-38 decision at Florida Citrus Bowl.

Betting Trends
  • Georgia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Georgia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Georgia's last 5 games
  • North Carolina is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of North Carolina's last 6 games

Next Betting Matchups

Georgia home to Nicholls State, Saturday, September 10th
North Carolina at Illinois, Saturday, September 10th

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