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North Carolina vs. South Carolina,
09/03/2015 18:00 EDT
Point Spread: +3/-110 North Carolina
Thursday NCAA – Battle of the Carolina’s
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So. Carolina vs No. Carolina
The College Football Season opens up Thursday Night with an ACC / SEC Tilt in Charlotte, NC on a neutral field as North Carolina takes on the Gamecocks in what lines out to be a pretty even matchup. Now many will think an SEC team pitted up against an ACC team is a mismatch in 80% of the cases that might be true, but UNC returns 10 players on offense including dual threat QB Marquis Williams who threw for over 3000 yards last year and ran for 788, and he has a full complement of weapons returning as well. It was the North Carolina defense that was their demise last year, ranked near the bottom of the NCAA. They brought in Gene Chizik to overhaul one of the worst stop units in 2014 in the NCAA, and I think it will pay some dividends.
Steve Spurrier’s team in 2014 just flat out found ways to lose ballgames and they start an unproven QB whose offense returns just 4 starters overall from last year’s disappointing team, and the Gamecocks will be lucky to get to 7 wins again this year based on speculation of a weak offense, turnover issues with a new QB, and their schedule, and this opener is no cakewalk.
At days end playing in the state of North Carolina is a small advantage, and the offense should be in favor of the Tarheels here with a veteran unit. North Carolina is a 2.5 to 3 point underdog and I feel they have the better chance in this game to put up points versus a South Carolina team trying to get a new offense up to speed. This line is based on public perception in my opinion and Larry Fedora, North Carolina’s head coach is no slouch in big games, as evidenced by his success at Southern Miss previously.
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