Welcome to the border wars. The 2.5-point underdog North Carolina Tar Heels face South Carolina Gamecocks in their season opener. Where is The Donald?
The Battle of the Carolinas dates back to 1903 and is a great way to kick off the 2015 college football betting season. Gamecocks’ head coach Steve Spurrier has never lost to the rival team from the north. This year the Tar Heels are talented enough to pull of the upset.
North Carolina Tar Heels vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Thursday, September 3, 2015
Start Time: 6:00 PM ET
Location: Charlotte, NC
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium
Odds: South Carolina -2.5
Game Total: 64
Radio: North Carolina vs South Carolina
TV Info: ESPN
The South Carolina Gamecocks (7-6 SU, 7-6 ATS) will look to bounce back from their first six-loss season since 2009 when they host the North Carolina Tar Heels (6-7 SU, 5-8 ATS) in an interstate rivalry on September 3, but I’m going on record right now to say that I like the big upset in this opener.
North Carolina returns a whopping 10 starters on offense, including underrated quarterback Marquise Williams. The Tar Heels averaged a stellar 33.2 points per game last season and can score the ball with any team in the country.
Unfortunately, they also allowed a whopping 39.0 points per game defensively under offensive-minded head coach Larry Fedora.
— Carolina Football (@TarHeelFootball) August 31, 2015
After recording a whopping 42 victories between 2010 and 2013, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has several areas he needs to address starting with the question of who will be the team’s new starting quarterback in 2015.
Sophomore Connor Mitch (6-3, 210) is slated to start right now, but he’s thrown just six career passes. Recruits, Perry Orth (6-1, 212) and Michael Scarnecchia (6-4, 201) will both have a shot to unseat Mitch this spring, but the fact of the matter is that no one knows right now how good any of the three signal-callers will actually be this coming season. The Gamecocks return 15 total starters in both sides of the ball.
— ESPN (@espn) August 31, 2015
I like the odds of North Carolina Tar Heels beating the South Carolina Gamecocks straight up. South Carolina averaged 26.9 points pr game a year ago while allowing 28.8 per game defensively. Marquise Williams is the best quarterback playing in this contest and he should be the difference in this contest.
North Carolina is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on grass while South Carolina has gone 1-6 ATS in their last seven games in the month of September.