College Football Betting – Tar Heels Strong Up Front, But Quarterback, Defense Are Question Marks


College football betting players had to be surprised to see North Carolina finish 8-5 after everything that happened last offseason (NCAA violations, crucial players getting suspended), and their double-overtime win over Tennessee was one of the best games of the season. The Tar Heels are still feeling the heat of the NCAA, but they have talent on both sides of the ball. The question is, can quarterback T.J. Yates be replaced?

college -football-betting-north-carolinaSix starters are back on offense for coach Butch Davis, but he has to fill the void left by Yates, who had a surprisingly remarkable season in 2010. Right now, it appears as though Bryn Renner is going to take over the reins, but the sophomore has big shoes to fill. The top two receivers from last year, Dwight Jones and Erik Highsmith, are back for the Tar Heels, but tight end is a questionable area as well. Shaun Draughn should be the workhorse in the backfield, and he’ll be running behind what should be the best line that the Tar Heels have had in a while. Those watching NFL betting lines know how important a good offensive line is, and it’ll be more important as Renner finds his feet as a starting quarterback.

There are also six starters back on defense, and it was a unit that was surprising good without the suspended Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin (who were both still NFL picks), but it allowed linebacker Bruce Carter to show what he could do, and he is also now in the NFL, along with Quan Sturdivant (in total, nine Tar Heels were drafted). The unit will have to be carried by the front seven as the entire secondary has to be replaced. At least cornerback Jabari Price got some action last year, starting the last four games, but a number of the candidates were suspended all of last season.

Sports betting odds have the Tar Heels listed at +200 to win the Coastal Division, and +400 to win a tight ACC, and while they manage to miss Florida State, North Carolina still has to face Miami at home, while and they have to visit Clemson, North Carolina State and a visit to Virginia Tech in the middle of November that may decide the division. Davis did one of the great coaching jobs in recent history last year, keeping the program on track in the midst of a storm, and the offense should be in position to make some happen as they have a number of players around Renner. The defense is the question because they lost a lot of talent on that side of the ball, and if the secondary can’t hold up, it’s going to be a long year in Chapel Hill. Still, the Tar Heels are worth a small sports betting wager to win the ACC.


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