Free Week 9 Prediction: Blue Devils vs. Tar Heels Odds
Looking for Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels free picks? Week 9 betting sees the Blue Devils taking on the Tar Heels Saturday October 26 at Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Blue Devils Tar Heels Week 9 free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(4-3) Duke Blue Devils vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (3-4)
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: North Carolina -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: O54
The Duke Blue Devils hit the road to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels for a Saturday afternoon showdown. North Carolina is a 3.5 point favorite in the game with the total set at 54 points.
North Carolina is led by Sam Howell who has 1,892 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. Duke’s offense is led by Quentin Harris who has 1,271 passing yards and 12 touchdowns.
Can Harris lead the Blue Devils to a huge road win or will the Tar Heels take care of business at home? Find out below as we preview this rivalry.
Duke Blue Devils
The Duke Blue Devils were embarrassed in a 48-14 loss to the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday. The primary reason for their loss was five turnovers committed. Quentin Harris had a game to forget.
The signal-caller had 88 passing yards, a touchdown, and two picks.
Harris also added 37 rushing yards but he lost a fumble as well. Deon Jackson struggled going for 35 yards on 12 carries.
Scott Bracey led Duke with 43 receiving yards and a touchdown, and Eli Pancol added 33 yards and a touchdown. Leonard Johnson had a big game with an interception and six tackles on defense.
North Carolina Tar Heels
The North Carolina Tar Heels are coming off a 43-41 loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies in six overtimes on Saturday. Quincy Patterson converted a two-point conversion to beat the Tar Heels.
North Carolina blew plenty of opportunities including a 35-yard field goal in overtime. Sam Howell went for 348 passing yards and five touchdowns in the game. He was nearly perfect as he didn’t even commit a turnover in the long contest.
Michael Carter led the ground game with 91 yards on 13 carries for UNC. Dazz Newsome had a big game with 112 yards and two touchdowns on nine catches. Antoine Green had a 68 yard touchdown reception in the loss.
The Tar Heels did a great job with their pass defense but their rush defense had some issues. Virginia Tech rushed for 254 yards on the day.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Blue Devils are 1-4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Blue Devils are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
- Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game.
- Tar Heels are 23-7 ATS in their last 30 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Tar Heels are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Pick
In what should be a close matchup between two teams who can’t stand each other, the difference will be Howell.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick:
I expect Sam Howell to have another big game to lead the Tar Heels to victory.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: Tar Heels 27 – Blue Devils 21
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