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The North Carolina Tar Heels have lost each of their last two bowl games by double digits and are just 2-6 SU in their last eight postseason appearances overall. The Tar Heels are hoping that talented gunslinger Mitch Trubisky can help turn North Carolina's postseason luck around in the Sun Bowl against the Stanford Cardinal.

Kickoff: Friday, December 30 @ 2 p.m. ET
Location: Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
Additional Read: North Carolina vs Stanford Betting

2016 Sun Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
North Carolina+3.5

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
North CarolinaACC8-47-54-8

Sun Bowl Matchup

Junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky had some big shoes to fill this season in his first year as a starter after two seasons of backing up Marquise Williams. Trubisky rose to the challenge, finishing in the top 10 nationally in completion percentage (68.9), total passing yards (3,468), and passer rating (161.0). With 28 touchdown passes and just four interceptions, Trubisky was consistently strong for a Tar Heels offense that averaged 33.1 points per game this season.

North Carolina looked sharp through its first nine games with a 7-2 SU and 6-3 ATS record that included outright upsets on the road over Florida State and Miami. The Tar Heels faded a bit down the stretch, however, going 1-2 SU and ATS in their last three games with losses as 11.5-point favorites to Duke and as 9.5-point favorites to North Carolina State.

Stanford finished its season off on a high note, reeling off five straight double-digit wins, including three road victories over a 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS run. But the damage was already done on Stanford's season over an uncharacteristic 1-3 SU and ATS slump in which the offense averaged a dismal 11 points per game. The Cardinal have averaged 39.6 points per game over their last nine games.

Having announced his intentions to go pro this offseason, this will be the last chance college football fans have to see Christian McCaffrey in action. Even in a season hampered by injuries, the electrifying running back racked up 1,603 yards on 253 carries with 13 touchdowns while adding another 310 yards and three touchdowns in the receiving game.

The Cardinal are 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six bowl appearances. The offense struggled with inconsistency this season, but a well-rested McCaffrey and time for head coach David Shaw to prepare will make this a very difficult matchup for the Tar Heels.

Sun Bowl Betting Trends
  • Stanford is 7-1 SU in its last eight games on Friday.
  • Stanford is 6-1 ATS in its last seven games in the postseason.
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Stanford's last 14 games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of North Carolina's last 11 games against teams with winning records.
  • North Carolina is 2-7 SU in its last nine games in December.
  • North Carolina is 3-1 ATS in its last four games against the Pac-12.

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Sun Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Sun BowlIowa38Washington18-5IOWAIOWA
1996Sun BowlStanford38Michigan State0-8STANFOSTANFO
1997Sun BowlArizona State17Iowa7-7.5ARIZSTARIZST
1998Sun BowlSouthern Cal19TCU28+17.5TCUTCU
1999Sun BowlMinnesota20Oregon24+2OREGOREG
2000Sun BowlUCLA20Wisconsin21-4.5UCLAWISCSN
2001Sun BowlPurdue27Washington State33-6PushWSHST
2002Sun BowlPurdue34Washington24-2PURDUEPURDUE
2003Sun BowlOregon30Minnesota31-5.5OREGMINN
2004Sun BowlArizona State27Purdue23-7.5ARIZSTARIZST
2005Sun BowlNorthwestern38UCLA50-3UCLAUCLA
2006Sun BowlMissouri38Oregon State39-3.5MIZZOUOREGST
2007Sun BowlOregon56South Florida21-5.5OREGOREG
2008Sun BowlPittsburgh0Oregon State3-1.5OREGSTOREGST
2009Sun BowlStanford27Oklahoma31-10.5STANFOOKLA
2010Sun BowlNotre Dame33Miami17-2.5NOTRDNOTRD
2011Sun BowlUtah30Georgia Tech27-1.5UTAHUTAH
2012Sun BowlGeorgia Tech21USC7-9.5GATECHGATECH
2013Sun BowlVirginia Tech12UCLA42-7UCLAUCLA
2014Sun BowlDuke31Arizona State36-7.5DukeArizona State
2015Sun BowlMiami14Washington State20-3Washington StateWashington State
2016Sun BowlNorth Carolina-Stanford--3.5  
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