North Carolina vs. California Early June Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the North Carolina vs. California fearless prediction and game preview … for early June
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2nd
Game Time: 12:20 pm ET
Venue: Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
Network: ACC Network
Welcome to the first look and picks for the opening week games of the 2017 college football season. These quick thoughts are being done in early June, with the real Fearless Prediction and expanded breakdown coming in August.
Early June First Thought: What’s Going To Happen?
North Carolina started out last year dealing with Georgia and its brand new head coach, Kirby Smart. Now it kicks things off against Cal and its new head man, Justin Wilcox.
Cal isn’t going to keep winging it around the yard like it did in the Sonny Dykes era, but it’ll still be dangerous through the air. But what will the Bears’ identity be?
Wilcox is a defensive coach who’d like to bring the toughness that was missing on the Bears throughout the last few seasons. The defensive front couldn’t come up with a stop against anyone’s running game, but now the Cal D is at least a bit more experienced.
The Tar Heels have a big rebuilding job to do in several offensive spots, but the defense should be a strength early on, especially at linebacker.
The spotlight, though, will be on – most likely – new starting quarterback Brandon Harris, to see if he can handle this year’s opener better than did last year’s opener for LSU against Wisconsin.
There’s upside on the Tar Heel offense, but it might take a little bit to get working, There’s upside on the Cal defense, but it might take a little bit to get working.
The North Carolina O will get there a little faster.
North Carolina vs. Cal Early June Prediction
North Carolina 31, California 23
Early June Line
North Carolina -11.5
ATS Confidence: 2
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