Stanford Vs UNC Hyundai Sun Bowl Spread & ATS PickJosh Bailey
The streaking 16th-ranked Stanford Cardinal will look to cap off their season in style when they take on the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl. The annual Hyundai Sun Bowl will get underway on Friday, December 30, at 2:00 PM ET, live from Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas while airing live on CBS.
Now, let’s find out if Stanford can cover the college football Hyundai Sun Bowl spread as a slight 3-point favorite.
No. 16 Stanford Cardinal Vs North Carolina Tar Heels Hyundai Sun Bowl Spread & ATS Pick
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Who: No.18 Stanford Cardinal (9-3) vs North Carolina Tar Heels (8-4)
When: Friday, December 30, 2016
Start Time: 2:00 PM ET
Where: El Paso, TX
Stadium: Sun Bowl
Spread: Stanford -3
Moneyline: Stanford -175 vs North Carolina +155
Game Total: 54
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Stanford vs North Carolina
Why Bet The North Carolina Tar Heels To Beat the Cardinal
North Carolina (8-4 SU, 7-5 ATS) lost two of their final three games and come into this contest off a heartbreaking 28-21 loss to in-state rival NC State in their regular season finale. The Tar Heels have recorded wins against The Citadel, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Miami, Florida State, Pittsburgh, James Madison, and Illinois this season.
The North Carolina offense is averaging 33.0 points per game to rank a solid 40th in scoring nationally as gifted quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed an incendiary 68.9 percent of his passes for 3,468 yards with 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
Running back Elijah Hood rushed for a team-high 858 yards and eight touchdowns while fellow back T.J. Logan added 578 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Wide receiver Ryan Switzer hauled in a whopping 91 passes for a team-high 1,027 yards and five touchdowns while fellow wideout Bug Howard added 48 catches for 768 yards and seven scores.
Defensively, North Carolina gave up 24.9 points per game to rank a respectable 46th nationally in points allowed. Andre Smith has led the North Carolina defense with 110 tackles and one sack.
Why Bet The Stanford Cardinals To Beat The Tar Heels
Stanford (9-3 SU, 7-6 ATS) won their final five games of the season and rolled all over Rice in their regular season finale 41-17. This season, Stanford has also beaten California, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, and Kansas State.
The Cardinal are averaging 26.4 points per game to rank a mediocre 82nd nationally in scoring as quarterback Keller Chryst has completed just 56.9 percent of his passes for 837 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions.
Superstar running back Christian McCaffrey has rushed or a team-high 1,603 yards and 13 touchdowns while wide receiver Trenton Irwin has caught 36 passes for a team-high 437 yards and one touchdown.
Stanford’s defense has been rock-solid in limiting the opposition to just 20.1 points per game to rank a stellar 17th in points allowed nationally. Dallas Lloyd has led the Stanford defense with 55 tackles and 3 interceptions.
Stanford Vs UNC Hyundai Sun Bowl ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
55 percent of public bettors like Stanford to get the win and cover the spread and so do I, although I have to admit that it will be more difficult with Christian McCaffery deciding not to play in this affair.
Still, Stanford has the far better defense and should be able to get it done by limiting the inconsistent Tar Heels offense while putting their fair share of points on the board themselves.
Stanford has gone 7-0 ATS in their last seven games in the month of December and 6-1 ATS in their last seven bowl games.
North Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, but the Tar Heels are also 0-5 ATS in their last five neutral site games.
Stanford will control the clock and limit the gifted Mitch Trubisky en route to the narrow SU win and ATS cover!