The North Carolina Tar Heels can’t win the ACC Coastal Division championship in 2012. The Miami Hurricanes can… for now. How will these teams deal with a unique set of situations?
North Carolina Tar Heels @ Miami Hurricanes – Saturday, October 13
College football betting line: North Carolina -7
Why North Carolina Will Win
Any credible college football online sports book expert worth his keep would tell you that this game is going to be hard to predict. When people make claims about this game, they have to be studied carefully; they would prefer to stay away from games such as this one. That said, there’s a definite case to be made for the Tar Heels here, as they go to South Florida for a season-defining divisional duel. North Carolina can’t win the ACC Coastal Division championship this season, due to NCAA sanctions imposed on the program. Miami will likely elude the NCAA hammer in 2012, but there’s an outside chance the college sports governing body could hit the team with fresh penalties before the end of the season. That’s a cloud of distractions that’s hovering over the Miami program. North Carolina, under new head coach Larry Fedora, has viewed this season as a chance to start fresh. The team has psychologically transformed itself and put the past in storage, removed from present-day consciousness. There’s a certain chip on the Tar Heels’ shoulders. They know that they can’t win their league this year, and instead of making them slump their shoulders, the unusual situation has given an angry edge, a determined dimension, to North Carolina’s roster of players. The coaching staff is feeding off the hunger it sees from these 19- and 20-year-old kids. The ACC wouldn’t be comfortable with either team winning the division, but it would be particularly humiliating for the league if North Carolina wins the division, only to not make the ACC Championship Game. Online football betting gurus might surmise that North Carolina is being inspired by that possibility, so it can symbolically “flip the bird” at the ACC and revel in being a troublemaker… a troublemaker on the field, it should be pointed out.
Why Miami Will Win
When you go over your next play at any of the best online betting sites in the country, you should be able to come to the conclusion that the Hurricanes will be very confident when this game begins. Miami is 3-0 in the ACC and playing with far more grit and gumption than a lot of national college football pundits were intellectually prepared to accept when the season began a month and a half ago. Miami also received an education at the hands of Notre Dame in its most recent game. Facing the dominant defense of the Fighting Irish should make North Carolina’s defense very exploitable and vulnerable for Miami’s offense and quarterback Stephen Morris. The Hurricanes’ offense should flourish in this contest.
Who Will Win?
North Carolina is a solid favorite, and the Tar Heels’ ability to run the ball should really help them out. However, Miami will score enough points to cover the spread.
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College Football Betting Pick: Miami +7