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UNC Succeeding After Failing To Cover

North Carolina NCAA

North Carolina comes into their bowl game off a loss in the ACC Championship game to Clemson, but the Tar Heels are 4-0 SU and ATS in their past four games following a failure to cover to spread. UNC and Baylor will meet in the Russell Athletic Bowl, which has shootout written all over it.

Shark Bites
  • Baylor is 1-5 ATS in their past six games.
  • UNC is 2-6 SU in their last eight games in December.
  • Baylor receiver Corey Coleman has been held off the scoresheet in four consecutive games.

Quarterback Marquise Williams has put up some impressive numbers for the UNC offense this season with the senior throwing for 21 touchdowns and adding 11 more with his feet. Williams has 12 passing touchdowns, six rushing touchdowns and only two interceptions in the Tar Heels’ past six games.

Baylor limps into the Russell Athletic Bowl having lost three of their final four, which was capped off to a loss to the 5-7 Texas Longhorns. The quarterback situation is looking bleak for the Bears with the team turning to third-string Chris Johnson in this game. Johnson has made appearances in the past three games and completed just 39 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and two interceptions. 

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Baylor Bears in this one found them as -3.5-point favorites at Bovada. The over under number was slated to open a short time later.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 49-38 result in favor of the Bears. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs Baylor Bears Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Betting fans of the Baylor Bears have seen them go 9-3 and 5-7 ATS so far this season, while the North Carolina Tar Heels are at 11-2 and 8-5 ATS. In over under totals betting, the North Carolina Tar Heels are 7-6, while the Baylor Bears are 7-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Baylor vs North Carolina injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Baylor Bears at No. 7 and the North Carolina Tar Heels at No. 13 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Baylor's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 48 PPG, against a North Carolina defense that ranks No. 35 this week at 22.62 PPG. The Baylor aerial game is averaging 304.42 yards per game, more than the North Carolina Tar Heels secondary allows through the air, 194.08 YPG per game.

Defensively, the North Carolina Tar Heels feature the league's No. 98-rated road run defense, allowing 220 yards per game. Baylor, meanwhile, ranks No. 5 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Tar Heels were Week 14 losers coming out on the wrong end of 45-37 score against Clemson.

Johnny Jefferson ran through the Texas defense for 158 yards in Baylor's last game, but the Bears still lost a 23-17 decision at McLane Stadium.

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