North Carolina Tar Heels (5-4) vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (7-2)
November 11, 2021 7:30 p.m. EDT
The line: Pittsburgh Panthers -6 / North Carolina Tar Heels +6; Over / Under: -75
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The North Carolina Tar Heels and Pittsburgh Panthers meet Thursday in Week 11 of ACC college football action at Heinz Field. The North Carolina Tar Heels are looking for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The Pittsburgh Panthers are looking for a win after winning five of their last six games.
The North Carolina Tar Heels have lost both of their road games this season. Sam Howell completes 63.1% of his passes for 2,408 yards, 20 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Josh Downs and Antoine Green totaled 1,433 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, while Emery Simmons had 11 receptions. The North Carolina Tar Heels’ rushing game is averaging 219.4 yards per game, and Ty Chandler is leading the way with 884 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, North Carolina is allowing 33.4 points and 421.4 yards per game. Cedric Gray leads the North Carolina Tar Heels with 58 tackles, Tomon Fox has 4.5 sacks and Cam’Ron Kelly has 4 interceptions.
The Pittsburgh Panthers have shared their last four home games. Kenny Pickett completes 68.7% of his passes for 3,171 yards, 29 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Jordan Addison and Jared Wayne totaled 1,482 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, while Taysir Mack had 27 receptions. The Pittsburgh Panthers’ rushing game is averaging 167.2 yards per game, and Israel Abanikanda is leading the way with 498 yards and 5 touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 22.7 points and 345 yards per game. SirVocea Dennis leads the Pittsburgh Panthers with 51 tackles, Habakkuk Baldonado has 6.5 sacks and John Petrishen has 3 interceptions.
The Tar Heels are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog. The Panthers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games in November and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The upper hand is 6-2 at Tar Heels in the last 8 games combined. The upper hand is 7-1 in the Panthers’ last 8 home games. The Tar Heels are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
The Pittsburgh Panthers are clearly the most consistent team this season, and they have a clear advantage on the defensive end of the ball. However, we do get a free touchdown with an explosive offensive team from the North Carolina Tar Heels. UNC just beat a top 10 team at Wake Forest, took Notre Dame down the phone the week before and is ninth in total offense and 12th in offense. It should be a back-and-forth contest. Give me the free touch.
Randy Chambers Free Pick:
North Carolina Tar Heels +6