North Carolina vs. Miami fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, September 27
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
North Carolina (1-2) vs. Miami (3-1) Game Preview
One Reason Why North Carolina Will Win
Now that’s the North Carolina passing game we all know and love.
Nathan Elliott struggled over his first two games – with one touchdown pass and four interceptions – and then came what might be the season-saver against Pitt. When the team needed him the most, Elliott came through with a 313-yard day with two touchdowns in the 38-35 win.
The Miami secondary might be great so far, but Elliott has to do it all again, but if he can’t Chazz Surratt is back from his suspension and can potentially step in if there’s a meltdown.
Elliott wasn’t alone against the Panthers. Antonio Williams followed up a 96-yard day against East Carolina with 114 rushing yards and two scores – the Tar Heels have to be balanced.
The Miami pass rush might be among the best in college football, but North Carolina’s offensive line has been outstanding so far in pass protection. It’s about to deal with a whole other thing now, though.
One Reason Why Miami Will Win
Do the Hurricanes have their guy? There’s no question the defense will be strong all season long, but to be a true threat for the ACC title, they’re going to need the offense to be far more dangerous.
Enter N’Kosi Perry, who stepped in for Malik Rosier against FIU and threw for 224 yards and three scores with one pick. The former super-recruit has the mobility, the passing skills, and the upside to be the main man for the Miami offense for the next few seasons, and now he needs to light up an okay UNC secondary.
And if he struggles, that’s what the running game is for.
The Tar Heels have allowed over 220 rushing yards in each of the last two games with seven touchdowns, and the Cane running game has been red hot after getting stuffed in the opener against LSU. The deep backfield will help out Perry, who’ll do some running of his own.
What’s Going To Happen
North Carolina might have come up with a big performance against Pitt when it needed something to get past the miserable East Carolina loss, but now it’s about to run into a wall.
Miami’s defense will turn up the heat right away, the secondary will do its part with two picks, and Perry will overcome two turnovers with a decent performance to keep the offense moving. The Cane running game will take over in the second half.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Miami 38, North Carolina 17
Line: Miami -18, o/u: 55
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2.5
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