California Golden Bears vs. North Carolina Tar Heels picks, preview, & Predictions

California Golden Bears vs. North Carolina Tar Heels picks, preview, & Predictions

North Carolina Tar Heels (0-0) vs California Golden Bears (0-0)

Date : 09/01/2018
Time : 4:00 PM ET
Location : California Memorial Stadium

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

North Carolina Tar Heels vs California Golden Bears

The Tar Heels will kick off their 2018 campaign by visiting the California Bears. The Tar Heels finished with the worst record in the ACC last season to end up at the bottom of the ACC Coastal Division. They finished with a record of 3-9.  California defeated the Tar Heels in the first game of last year’s season by a score of 35-30.

North Carolina Tar Heels 's Latest Performance :

The Tar Heels will be looking to improve after a horrible season last year. They are facing 13 suspensions. 13 players were caught for selling issued shoes and will be out for four games. The Tar Heels offense wasn’t the best last season averaging 19.3 points a game this ranked them last in the ACC. Nathan Eillot will be starting for the Tar Heels to start the season. He finished last season by putting up 925 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions in those three starts and two more appearances. The Tar Heel offensive line will struggle this season since their four starters have already graduated. It will take some time for the new offensive line to develop team chemistry. They allowed an average of 31.3 points per game that is way too much for the offensive line to handle. They will have to do all they can to avoid what happened to them last season.

California Golden Bears's Latest Performance :

The Bears are ready to show their full potential despite ending last season with a losing record they were still able to take losses against quality teams. It will be Justin Wilcox second season coaching the Bears and he will be looking to kick the season off on the right foot. It is going to be interesting to see what Wilcox can do with a healthy team. Ross Bowers takes the starting duties for the Bears this season he will have a lot more offensive options to choose from compared to last season. He will be joined with running back Patrick Laird and four wide receivers with 1,000-yard potential. Patrick Laird will look to build on a breakout season he rushed for 1,127 yards and caught 45 passes for 322 yards as a great target out of the backfield. He will be looking to improve his catching game since he scored only one touchdown from a pass last season while scoring eight on the ground. All starting lineman is set to return this season for the Bears.

How North Carolina Tar Heels & California Golden Bears Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Golden Bears are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Tar Heels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

Against The Spread Selection: California Golden Bears -7.5

My reason for the pick :

The Bears should be able to beat the Tar Heels in their season opener. The Tar Heels offense will continue to struggle as the Bears will take full advantage. It is going to be even harder for the Tar Heels to generate offense since the team is missing 13 players because of the shoe incident. The Bears did well playing at home last season, I expect them to come out with a win at home. It will be too early to judge this Tar Heels team since they are missing some of their key players.

Betting trends for North Carolina Tar Heels :

  • Tar Heels are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games.

Betting trends for California Golden Bears:

  • Golden Bears are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games.