North Carolina Betting Odds Preview
One of these years the North Carolina Tar Heels are going to break loose and become monsters. “Experts” have been saying something similar for several seasons now, but for one reason or another it hasn't happened yet. But this year, now that they're eligible to play in the postseason, the Tar Heels might just be good enough, hungry enough, and lucky enough to live up to those lofty expectations.
Last year North Carolina was ineligible for the postseason, which in the end was too bad because the Heels would have represented the Coastal Division in the ACC championship game for the first time. UNC started 1-2 last season, with a one-point loss to Wake Forest and a five-point loss to Louisville, but then won four in a row, topping, among others, Virginia Tech and Miami. Carolina then got upset at home by Duke, beat NC State, but then suffered a total defensive meltdown in a 68-50 loss to Georgia Tech.
The Heels then dusted themselves off and beat Virginia and Maryland to finish at 8-4 overall, 5-3 in conference play. So that's five straight winning seasons for Carolina, but very little to show for it. UNC also went 6-6 ATS last year, 5-2 ATS at home, but 1-4 ATS on the road. This year the Heels return six starters on an offense that averaged almost 41 PPG last year, including senior QB Bryn Renner (28/7 TD/INT ratio last year) and last year's top two receivers, and seven starters are back on defense, including the entire secondary. But they'll have to replace 1,200-yard rusher Giovani Bernard, three starters on the offensive line, and four of the defensive front seven.
The Heels begin this season with an interesting border-battle road game at South Carolina, later have to play at Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, NC State, and Pitt, but get Miami and Virginia at home and miss the top four contenders from the Atlantic Division – Florida State, Clemson, Maryland, and Wake Forest - at least until a possible conference championship game matchup.
ACC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of July 30
Florida State +240
Virginia Tech +775
North Carolina +850
Georgia Tech +1050
NC State +7000
Boston College +8500
Wake Forest +15000