North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Stanford Cardinal, Sun Bowl Odds, College Football Betting, Picks and Prediction

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STANFORD CARDINAL NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
9-3 December 30, 2:00 PM | Turf of Sun Bowl 8-4

When: 2:00 PM ET, Friday, December 30, 2016
Where: Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas
TV: 2 p.m. ET, CBS. OPENING BETTING LINE: Stanford -3

Team Spread Money Line Total
North Carolina Tar Heels +1.5 -110 +100 54 -110
Stanford Cardinal -1.5 -110 -120 54 -110

The North Carolina Tar Heels and the Stanford Cardinal will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Sun Bowl.

ABOUT STANFORD (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12): After watching his offense struggle early in the season, Shaw replaced senior quarterback Ryan Burns with sophomore Keller Chryst, who provided an immediate spark and led the Cardinal to five straight wins while throwing nine touchdowns and one interception. Wide receivers JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Trenton Irwin became key late-season factors for the Cardinal, who posted over 500 yards of total offense in each of their last three games. Defensive end Solomon Thomas recorded 55 tackles and seven sacks to lead a unit that allows 20.2 points per game and has been especially tough in the red zone.

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA (8-4, 5-3 ACC): Trubisky has a number of weapons at his disposal, including senior wideout Ryan Switzer, a dangerous punt returner and first-team All-ACC selection who leads the team with 91 receptions for 1,027 yards and five touchdowns. The Tar Heels also boast an effective ground game led by versatile junior Elijah Hood (eight touchdowns) and senior T.J. Logan, who added seven touchdowns on 101 carries. On defense, the Tar Heels are led by linemen Nazair Jones and Malik Carney along with linebacker Andre Smith, who recorded a team-high 110 tackles.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Cardinal listed as 1.5-point favorites versus the Tar Heels, while the game’s total is sitting at 54 according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42.

1. Stanford star running back Christian McCaffrey was a key part of the team’s five-game winning streak to close the regular season, but the junior will not play when the Cardinal face North Carolina in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 30 in El Paso, Texas. McCaffrey, who leads the nation with 2,327 all-purpose yards and has posted 1,603 rushing yards, announced on Twitter that he will sit out the Sun Bowl to focus on his NFL draft preparation. McCaffrey’s early departure creates an opportunity for promising sophomore Bryce Love, who has three rushing touchdowns and averages 7.4 yards per carry.

2. The Sun Bowl may lack its original star power, but North Carolina junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky is an emerging NFL prospect who threw for nearly 3,500 yards and completed 69 percent of his passes with 28 touchdowns against four interceptions. The Tar Heels’ roller-coaster campaign included wins over Florida State, Miami and Pittsburgh as well as disappointing late-season losses to Duke and North Carolina State. “We weren’t able to overcome all the emotions we created for ourselves,” coach Larry Fedora told reporters. “There were a few games down the stretch that we didn’t play up to our capability. We didn’t make the ordinary plays that we needed to make.”

3. North Carolina needs a complete effort against Stanford, which fell out of the Pac-12 race with back-to-back losses to Washington and Washington State but ended the season by winning six of its final seven games. The Tar Heels allowed 235 yards per game on the ground and 28 rushing touchdowns, which doesn’t bode well against a Stanford offense that figures to give Love a heavy workload. If North Carolina’s front seven can bottle up Love, the Cardinal could struggle to keep pace with the Tar Heels’ explosive offense.

Last time out for Stanford, they were a 41-17 winner as they battled Owls at home. Stanford failed to cover in the match as a -34-point favorite, while 58 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Last time out for North Carolina, they were a 28-21 loser as they battled Wolfpack at home. North Carolina failed to cover in the match as a -9.5-point favorite, while 49 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

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North Carolina:
Team record: 8-4 SU,7-5 ATS
North Carolina is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
North Carolina is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of North Carolina’s last 8 games

Stanford:
Team record: 9-3 SU,7-5 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
Stanford is 17-8 ATS in its last 25 games
Stanford is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: North Carolina Tar Heels will cover the spread at +1.5 and the game will stay under 54 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: North Carolina 27, Stanford 23 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
STANFO TEAM UNC
26.4 PTS FOR 33.1
20.2 PTS AGNST 24.9
6.3 DIFF. 8.2
159.1 PASS YDS 294.3
215.0 RUSH YDS 148.2
218.9 PASS D 186.3
146.7 RUSH D 232.2
0.1 TO DIFF -0.1
INJURIES
STANFORD
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
NORTH CAROLINA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
STANFORD
Stanford is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of North Carolina’s last 8 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Stanford’s Overall Scoring vs North Carolina’s Overall Defense 26.4 82 24.9 46
North Carolina’s Overall Scoring vs Stanford’s Overall Defense 33.1 41 20.2 17
POWER STATS
YARDS PER POINT
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
STANFO 14.2 18.1 -4.0
UNC 13.4 16.8 -3.4
YARDS PER PASS
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
STANFO 6.6 6.6 0.0
UNC 8.4 7.2 1.2
YARDS PER RUSH
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
STANFO 5.4 4.2 1.2
UNC 4.9 4.5 0.4

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