Wilson’s Miami vs. UNC Betting Preview & Odds: Can Tar Heels Pull Off Another Upset?

Wilson’s Miami vs. UNC Betting Preview & Odds: Can Tar Heels Pull Off Another Upset? article feature image

Jeremy Brevard, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Mack Brown

  • The Miami Hurricanes take on the North Carolina Tar Heels, who are fresh off a big upset of South Carolina, on Saturday night in Chapel Hill.
  • Miami opened as a 6-point favorite but lots of love for UNC has pushed this line down.

Miami @ UNC Betting Odds & Pick

  • Odds: Miami -4.5
  • Over/Under: 47.5
  • Moneylines: Miami -200; UNC +170
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV: ACC Network

All odds as of Friday afternoon and from PointsBet.

How good is North Carolina? A victory over South Carolina ended with multiple interceptions against Jake Bentley, while freshman quarterback Sam Howell threw two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

UNC offensive coordinator Phil Longo, previously of Ole Miss, is no stranger to big plays as the Rebels ranked No. 7 in IsoPPP last season with Longo as the play-caller.

That immediately benefitted the Heels in the upset over South Carolina, with three different running backs and four different receivers combing for 10 plays of more than 20 yards.

The Tar Heels also brought Jay Bateman as defensive coordinator, the same role held at Army. The Gamecocks had just 270 total yards and went 3 for 13 on third down.

But while the coordinators have already made a difference, it’s the unspoken rivalry between Mack Brown and Manny Diaz that deserves attention.

Miami Hurricanes linebacker Michael Pinckney (56) celebrates with the turn over chain after intercepting a pass during the second half against the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium.
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Miami Hurricanes linebacker Michael Pinckney

Brown, serving as the Texas head coach in 2013, fired Diaz as his defensive coordinator after the second game of the season. While the coaches have said nothing but good things this week, Diaz will look for revenge in Chapel Hill.

The Miami defense held Florida in check during Week 0, but all the post game chatter centered around freshman quarterback Jarren Williams. Offensive coordinator Dan Enos critiqued Williams’ performance, but the conservative play selection did not help the Hurricanes get a victory.

Longo has spent a career scheming around top defenses after service time in the SEC, so the Tar Heels should be able to get points on the Canes defense, while play calling will continue to be a problem with Dan Enos as offensive coordinator.

Take the Heels and the points and save a little extra for the moneyline.

Pick: UNC +5

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