Georgia Vs UNC Spread & ATS PickNoah Williams
Two teams that both recorded double-digit victories a year ago will be looking to take the next step toward reaching the four-team CFB Playoff when the Georgia Bulldogs kick off the Kirby Smart era with a huge home date against ACC powerhouse North Carolina.
Kirby Smart has announced that UGA running back Nick Chubb will play against UNC & will not be limited on carries. pic.twitter.com/6v8KSkFcEw
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) August 29, 2016
The college football week 1 betting spread favors Georgia by 2.5-points. The game total is 56. The public is 66% on the Georgia Bulldogs to cover the spread. The point spread opened at UGA -3.5. The line movement indicates more money is being placed on the side of the North Carolina Tar Heels to cover.
Now, let’s find out which one of these teams is the right pick to bring home the ATS bacon!
Georgia Bulldogs Vs North Carolina Tar Heels Spread & ATS Pick
What: No.18 Georgia Bulldogs (0-0) vs No. 22 North Carolina Tar Heels (0-0)
When: Saturday, September 3, 2016
Start Time: 5:30 PM ET
Where: Atlanta, GA
Stadium: Georgia Dome
Spread: Georgia -2.5
Moneyline: Georgia -145 vs North Carolina +125
Game Total: 56
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Georgia vs North Carolina
Bet The Georgia Bulldogs at -3.5 Because…
The Bulldogs are playing at home against a comparable opponent they match up well against.
Georgia (10-3 SU, 6-7 ATS) is heading in a new direction in 2016 under the direction of former Alabama assistant Kirby Smart after longtime head coach Mark Richt ‘bounced’ to return to his beloved alma mater, Miami.
On offense, Smart has eight returning starters from last season’s squad, including quarterback in Greyson Lambert. Unfortunately, Georgia ranked a dismal 104th in passing last season and that just won’t cut it in 2016.
Greyson will find life a lot easier if gifted running back Nick Chubb returns to form after recovering from a serious knee injury he suffered against Tennessee early last season. Chubb rushed for over 1,800 yards as a freshman two years ago and his return to health could make the Dogs a dangerous bunch on offense.
Georgia lost both starting tackles on the offensive line and starting wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, so Smart and new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, clearly have some questions to answer on offense.
The Bulldogs finished 2015 ranked a stellar seventh in total defense while leading the nation in pass defense by limiting the opposition to just 156.4 passing yards per contest. The Dogs have an inexperienced front seven that will need to grow up in a hurry, but they also look like they’re going to have another stellar defensive backfield in 2016.
Bet The North Carolina Tar Heels at +3.5 Because…
North Carolina (11-3 SU, 8-6 ATS) will likely have another elite defense in 2016 after routinely shutting down the opposition a year ago.
The Tar Heels need to replace longtime starting quarterback Marquise Williams and that will be no small task, but the good news is that Carolina has eight returning starters on offense to help ease the transition to new starter Mitch Trubisky.
North Carolina led the nation in yards per play last season and could do so again as Trubisky hands off early and often to running backs Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan. The Heels also have four returning starters on the offensive line and an experienced group of receivers led by senior wideouts Mack Hollins, Ryan Switzer and Bug Howard.
Defensively, UNC has seven returning starters from a unit that ranked a solid 42nd nationally in points allowed (24.5 ppg). The defensive line will need some time to come together as they break in at least five players that will be getting increased playing time in 2016.
Similarly, the linebacker unit will have to replace graduated starters Shakeel Rashad and Jeff Schottmer, but the secondary looks set very solid with three returning starters including gifted cornerbacks M.J. Stewart and Des Lawrence.
Georgia Vs UNC ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
North Carolina closed out the 2015 regular season by going 1-3 ATS over its final four games and 1-2 ATS as an underdog last season. I know Georgia’s 6-7 ATS mark a year ago isn’t very impressive, but the Bulldogs did go 6-6 ATS as a favorite and I belie Kirby Smart will be a hug upgrade over former head coach Mark Richt.
I like North Carolina a lot heading into 2016, but I’m going with Georgia to get the big road win in Kirby Smart’s debut as Carolina breaks in a new starting signal-caller.
Georgia wins and narrowly covers the college football betting line.