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Free College Football Pick from Linebacker: North Carolina vs Syracuse

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North Carolina Tar Heels @ Syracuse Orange (SYR -8.5, O/U 67)

The 1-4 Tar Heels head north to face the Syracuse Orange on Saturday. The Orange are listed as 8.5-point favorites at home, and Linebacker expects them to cover the spread with a projected final score of 41.8 - 29.1. Linebacker suggests a $170 wager on Syracuse for an average $100 bettor.

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Why will Syracuse cover the spread?

  • Dino Babers’ club leads the ACC in scoring, averaging 43.0 points per game. UNC has surrendered 33.8 points per game, which ranks 103rd among 129 FBS teams.
  • Syracuse ranks 25th in the country averaging 225 rushing yards per game. UNC’s defense has been soft against the run, sitting 102nd in the country with 198.2 rushing yards allowed per game.
  • The Tar Heels have lost the turnover battle all season, ranking third-worst among FBS teams with a -1.6 turnover margin per game. Syracuse ranks seventh among FBS teams with +1.33 turnovers gained per game.
  • Syracuse ranks seventh in the nation with 3.33 sacks per game. North Carolina will need to air it out to play catch-up, which will be difficult with its inefficient passing game.
  • UNC ranks last in the ACC in passing yards per attempt, passer rating and passing touchdowns.

North Carolina @ Syracuse: How to bet the total

This game currently features an OVER/UNDER of 67. Linebacker’s projected score totals 70.9 points (41.8 - 29.1), so we have a slight play on the OVER. Linebacker suggests a wager of $48 for an average $100 bettor.

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