North Carolina battles Baylor in one of the more highly anticipated bowl games of the season. The Russell Athletic Bowl takes place on Dec. 29 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Kick-off is at 5:30 pm ET.
A major blow to Baylor’s bowl season hopes came on Saturday when Bears’ coach Art Briles announced Saturday that receiver Corey Coleman will undergo hernia surgery and running back Shock Linwood had surgery for a Jones fracture in his foot. Can Baylor win with it’s leading receiver and rusher against North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The North Carolina Tar Heels Vs Baylor Bears Russell Athletic Bowl Spread
The college football Russell Athletic Bowl spread favors Baylor by a 1.5-points to beat North Carolina after opening at 3. The quick slide due to the Bears’ offensive injuries. If you are betting this bowl game straight up, North Carolina pays out even money and Baylor pays out 100 on 120. The game total is 69.5 for your over/under bets.
What: Russell Athletic Bowl
Who: No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels (11-2) at No. 17 Baylor Bears (9-3)
When: Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Kickoff: 5:30 PM ET
Where: Orlando, FL
Stadium: Florida Citrus Bowl
Spread: Baylor -1.5
Moneyline: North Carolina +100 vs Baylor -120
Game Total: 69.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: North Carolina vs Baylor
Bet The No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels +1.5 Because…
North Carolina plays a down Baylor offense. Up until the last 3 games of the season, North Carolina’s defense had been spectacular. The Tar Heels didn’t allow 21 points or more in 8 out of their 13 games. In the last 3 games, North Carolina’s D gave up 27 points to Virginia Tech, 34 points to North Carolina State and 45 points to Clemson in the ACC Championship. Luckily for the Heels they get to play against Baylor’s third string QB, Chris Johnson, in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Baylor scored only 21 points and 17 points in its last 2 regular season games, both losses to TCU and Texas.
Bet The No. 17 Baylor Bears -1.5 Because…
Baylor’s defense is finally healthy. Throughout the regular season the 2 stars on Baylor’s defense, linebacker Shawn Oakman and defensive tackle Andrew Billings, have been playing with nagging injuries. Both guys could end up as first round draft picks in the NFL after the combine. That tells football handicappers how talented the pair is. For the first time this season, both Oakman and Billings should be fully healthy. What it means is that the Baylor defense, which did come on in the latter half of the regular season, could control North Carolina’s exceptional offense.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Poor Baylor. As soon as the defense gets healthy, the offense turns into mush. Baylor’s offense has been nothing short of a disaster in the final month of the season. Without QB Seth Russell and back-up Jarrett Stidham, the Bears have had to turn to converted WR Chris Johnson. He isn’t a bad player but he doesn’t have the arm to get the ball to WR Chris Coleman. North Carolina’s defense should have no trouble stopping Johnson after having to play Clemson QB DeShaun Watson. North Carolina could win this one going away.