Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Saturday, September 25, 2021
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Where to Watch: ACC Network
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: UNC -12.5, GT +12.5; Over/Under: 63 points
Bet365: Point Spread: UNC -12.5, GT +12.5; Over/Under: 63.5 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: UNC -13, GT +13; Over/Under: 63.5 points
North Carolina Tar Heels: 2-1 (2nd place, ACC Coastal)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: 1-2 (7th place, ACC Coastal)
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North Carolina Tar Heels vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Preview and Analysis
North Carolina Tar Heels: won at home on Sep.18 against the Virginia Cavaliers 59-39.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: lost on the road on Sep. 18 against the Clemson Tigers 14-8.
North Carolina Tar Heels Analysis
UNC is coming into this game with a 2-1 record overall and they are 1-1 in their conference games this season. This will be another conference matchup but they are also 0-1 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. It is not technically a road game though as it will be played on a neutral field. They lost their first game of the season against the Virginia Tech Hokies. They followed that one up with 2 wins against the Georgia State Panthers and the Virginia Cavaliers in their last game. Sam Howell played well in that game as he completed 14/21 passes for 307 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Their run game had a big day in that one with Ty Chandler leading the way for the. He had 198 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries while Sam Howell was right behind him with 112 rushing yards on 15 carries. Josh Downs had a massive day for the receiving corps as he had 203 yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 receptions. Khafre Brown also had a good day with 75 receiving yards and 1 TD on 1 reception. Cedric Gray led the defense with 5 solo tackles and 1 assisted one while Jeremiah Gemmel had 5 solo tackles himself. Kaimon Rucker led the team in sacks with 2 while Tomon Fox also recorded 1 in that game. It was Ja'Qurious Conley who had the only interception in that game for his team. They have scored 128 points in their first 3 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 73 points against them. Their offense is averaging 553.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 380.3 YPG.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Analysis
Georgia Tech is coming into this game with a 1-2 record overall and is 0-1 when playing in their conference games. This game will be another conference matchup for them on a neutral site this time. Their 1 win came against the Kennesaw State Owls while their 2 losses came against the Northern Illinois Huskies in their season opener and the Clemson Tigers in their last game. Jordan Yates had a pretty good game in that one as he completed 20/33 passes for 203 yards. They did not have much of a run game though as he also led the team in rushing with 32 yards on 6 carries. Jahmyr Gibbs was right behind him with 30 rushing yards on 11 carries. Kyric McGowan led the receivers with 82 yards on 4 receptions. Tariq Carpenter led the defense with 9 solo tackles and 4 assisted ones in that game. No one on the defense was able to record a sack or an interception in that one though. They have scored 74 points in their first 3 games and they have allowed their opponents to score 53 points against them. Their offense is averaging 383.3 YPG while their defense is allowing 285.7 YPG.
North Carolina vs Georgia Tech Prediction
The GT Yellow Jackets have not looked too good on offense this season especially up against the FBS teams they have played. They have not allowed too many points either but they are struggling to score in those games. UNC has finally let their offense out, almost putting up 60 points in back to back games. Ever since they lost their first game they have responded with 2 wins of more than 20 points in each. Georgia Tech does not even get the home advantage here even though it will be in their state still. UNC is likely going to crush them here as they will not want to lose another conference game with the 1 loss already. Their offense will score enough points in this game to cover the spread, that is the best bet to make here.
North Carolina Georgia Tech Prediction: Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, September 25, 2021 (7:30 pm ET start time) is UNC 45 GT 17.
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NCAAF Betting Trends
North Carolina Tar Heels: 13-30 ATS after allowing 325 or more passing yards in their last game. 10-25 ATS after gaining 275 or more rushing yards last game.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: 9-14 ATS in all games. 9-13 ATS after scoring and allowing 17 or less points.
North Carolina Tar Heels: T. Hopper (LB) Out Sat - Undisclosed injury. B. Brooks (RB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. D. Jones (RB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: J. Sims (QB) Ques Sat - Arm injury. L. Blackburn (WR) out for season - Knee injury.
Players to Watch
North Carolina Tar Heels: Josh Downs is one player to watch in this game. He leads his team in receiving yards and in touchdowns. He played a big part in last week’s win so look for him to keep up that good play and carry it into this game as they look for another conference win.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Kyric McGowan is one player to watch here. He leads his team in receiving yards and in touchdowns. He will need to play well here if he wants his team to win in this game so look for him to get a lot of balls thrown his way.
"It was fun to watch them and both of them put on an absolute show, and Sam just had more help with the running game." - Mack Brown after a big win against UVA.
“I apologize for taking a little longer than normal (to arrive to the news conference), but that one hurt. There’s a lot of guys that played really, really hard in that locker room and I owe it to them to make sure I’m around them, make sure (they know) how much we appreciate them, love them and appreciate how hard they fought and how hard they played. Hats off to Northern Illinois. Played a really good football game and beat us.” - Geoff Collins after losing a close one to NIU.
North Carolina Tar Heels
WR Simmons, Emery
WR Green, Antoine
WR Downs, Josh
TE Walston, Garrett
QB Howell, Sam
RB Chandler, Ty
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
WR Carter, Malachi
WR Sanders, Adonicas
WR McGowan, Kyric
TE Leonard, Dylan
QB Yates, Jordan
RB Mason, Jordan
North Carolina Tar Heels
Passing: S. Howell (867)
Rushing: T. Chandler (322)
Receiving: J. Downs (399)
Touchdowns: J. Downs (4)
Sacks: K. Rucker (2.5)
Tackles: J. Conley (14)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Passing: J. Yates (592)
Rushing: J. Gibbs (185)
Receiving: K. McGowan (195)
Touchdowns: K. McGowan (3)
Sacks: J. Domineck (1)
Tackles: A. Eley (16)
North Carolina Tar Heels: (Mack Brown 3rd season)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Geoff Collins (3rd season)
73 degrees F mostly sunny, 60% humidity, 0% chance of rain, up to 7 mph wind speeds NW.