Free Week 9 Prediction: Tar Heels vs Panthers Odds
Week 9 College football betting sees the North Carolina Tar Heels taking on the Pittsburgh Panthers Thursday October 29th at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
North Carolina Tar Heels (6-1) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (6-1)
Venue:Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NCAA Football Spread: North Carolina -3
NCAA Betting Total: 54.5
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A pair of 6-1 ACC teams clash Thursday night as both teams try to grab a much needed win in the ACC.
Pittsburgh comes in fresh off a win against Syracuse 23-20, which marked their 4th victory in a row.
The Tar Heels have rattled off 6 straight wins since dropping their opener to South Carolina and come in after a 26-13 win over Virginia.
Kick off is set for 7:00 PM EST on ESPN.
The Tar Heels could just as easily be 7-0 right now and be a Top 25 team, but a slip up in their opening game of the season to SEC participant South Carolina has put them at 6-1 as they set their sights on grabbing a huge ACC win.
Behind Marquise Williams, the Tar Heels took out the Virginia Cavaliers 26-13 in what ended up being one of the best defensive games the Tar Heels played all year.
Williams finished 21 of 26 for 226 yards and threw for an interception in the game. While Williams didn’t throw for a touchdown, he continued to make big play after big play and keep the offense on the field on third downs.
The dual threat QB also rushed for 71 yards on 12 attempts.
RB Elijah Hood was the main offensive threat for North Carolina as he finished with 101 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win. The Tar Heels offense will have a tough time against a Panthers’ defense that allows just 309 yards per contest.
The Panthers are equally as hot as the Tar Heels right now. Winners of 4 in a row, the Panthers have indeed cracked the Top 25 as they sit at #24 in the country.
Pittsburgh comes in after a 23-20 gritty win over Syracuse as they were led by RB Qadree Ollison.
Ollison rumbled for 103 yards on 23 carries while finding the end zone 2 times. He leads the Panthers offense that is averaging 4.2 yards per rush.
QB Nathan Peterman had a sub par game to his standards as he finished with just 189 yards on 19 of 25 passing. Peterman threw neither a touchdown or interception.
On the defensive side of the ball, both Lafayette Pitts and Matt Galambos had interceptions to their credit. Pittsburgh’s secondary is allowing 6.0 pass yards per attempt on the season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Tar Heels are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games.
- Tar Heels are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Panthers are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Panthers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Prediction
This is a low key exciting matchup. Currently Pittsburgh sits at 4-0 in the Coastal division, with Duke and this Tar Heels team at 3-0 with them. The winner of this game will be set in terms of the tie breaker.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Pittsburgh ATS
With the home crowd under the lights, the Panthers get the job done as outright winners.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: Pittsburgh 30- North Carolina 23
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