Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. North Carolina Tar Heels: College Football Week 8 Odds and Predictions

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
Saturday, 10/18/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Georgia Tech -1.5
Current Betting Line:  Georgia Tech PK
Opening Total:  69
Current Total:  68.5
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in this series
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings in this series

Georgia Tech had its five-game win streak to open the season snapped last time out, as it dropped a 31-25 decision to the Duke Blue Devils as 3.5-point home favorites, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.   The Yellow Jackets are one of 10 teams nationally with at least seven different players registering an interception, which can’t be ignored when making your college football predictions, as their eight players with a pick is tied for second overall.  Georgia Tech is 6-6 SUATS on the road the last two-plus seasons.

The Yellow Jacket are seventh in the country in averaging 294.7 rushing yards per game, which is important to consider when looking over the college football odds page, as head coach Paul Johnson tries to make his seventh bowl appearance in as many seasons in Atlanta.  Redshirt sophomore Justin Thomas is the main player to handicap in this matchup, as he ranks second among FBS signal-callers in averaging 98.2 rushing yards per game.

North Carolina has dropped four consecutive games, including a 50-43 defeat to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as 16.5-point road underdogs in Week 7, but it did win the statistical battle by two yards.  The Tar Heels rank third in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 26th nationally in averaging 37.2 points per game, which has been made possible by running 78 plays a contest.  It’s important to point out that five players on the roster have thrown a touchdown this season.  North Carolina is 2-3 SUATS when the betting line is between +3 to -3 since 2012, with the OVER going 3-2 in those five opportunities.

The Tar Heels have dropped 14 of their last 16 games against the Yellow Jackets, as they try to snap a five-game losing streak in the rivalry.  North Carolina has scored on 25 of 27 red zone possessions this season—hitting pay dirt 20 times and kicking five field goals in that situation.

Sports bettors will likely back the Yellow Jackets due to their 5-0 ATS run in this ACC series.

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