Free Week 5 Prediction: Tar Heels vs. Eagles Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 5
(1-0) North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Boston College Eagles (2-0)
Date: Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
NCAA Football Spread: Tar Heels -13.5
NCAA Betting Total: O/U 54
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We got an ACC matchup on our hands with North Carolina coming to Massachusetts to face the Boston Eagles. The Tar Heels are 1-0 coming into this game while the Eagles are 2-0.
The last time the Tar Heels took the field was three weeks ago against Syracuse. The Eagles played a game just a week ago against Texas State and got the win over the Bobcats.
North Carolina Tar Heels
North Carolina has had a lot of time to prepare for this game after struggling out the gate against Syracuse. The Heels offense was held to under ten points in the first half against the Orange before an offensive explosion in the second half.
Sam Howell was one of the best true freshmen in the country last season after throwing for over 3500 yards and 38 touchdowns. Howell so far this year has complete 25 of 34 passes for 295 yards to go along with his one touchdown and two interceptions.
Defensively, the Tar Heels held their own in the first game of the season and were a big part of the win. Carolina limited the Orange offense to just six points for the entire game and didn’t allow a single touchdown. The team caused constant pressure and the line racked up four sacks in the contest.
Boston College Eagles
The Boston College Eagles will try to move to 3-0 on the year with an upset over the Tar Heels.
Transfer Phil Jurkovec will have the first challenge of his college career as the Heels are in town. Jurkovec hasn’t looked too bad in his first two starts under center for Jeff Hafley’s squad. He has completed 43 of 61 passes for 510 yards to go with his three touchdowns and two interceptions. The interceptions are going to hopefully go down as he learns this offense over the next few weeks.
The Eagles are going to need their defense to play at the top of their game against this powerful Tar Heels offense. BC as a team is giving up 13.5 points per game which is good for 13th in the FBS. If they can keep up that kind of production they should find themselves right in the thick of this game.
All together the Eagles have forced six turnovers in two games which is good for the second-best total in the ACC.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- North Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
- North Carolina is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
- North Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Boston College
- Boston College is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston College’s last 5 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston College’s last 7 games at home.
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Pick:
I think Tar Heels are the more complete team in this matchup and should be able to edge out the Eagles in a high scoring game. The Tar Heels defense was top notch in their first performance against Syracuse and with three weeks to prepare for BC they should have the advantage. I’m going to lay the -13.5 with the Heels and hope that their defense can force a couple of turnovers.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: North Carolina -13.5
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