The North Carolina Tar Heels will take on the Clemson Tigers on Saturday. While Clemson can’t earn an ACC Championship bid, North Carolina, at 8-2 on the season, can still play for the ACC Championship. They’ll need some things to play out. But more important, the Tar Heels will also need to win out.
After an intriguing overtime win against Duke, the Tar Heels will head into Clemson’s Memorial Stadium for what should be one of the best ACC games on the slate this weekend. Although North Carolina has more wins and has played better overall this season, the Tigers are -6.5 (-115) against North Carolina at home. The total is stuck at 58.5 for this matchup.
Is North Carolina getting disrespected?
Take a look at the UNC vs Clemson betting odds for Saturday’s ACC marquee matchup.
Day/Time: Saturday, November 18, 3:30 p.m. ET, 12:30 p.m. PT
Location: Memorial Stadium
UNC vs Clemson Betting
The North Carolina Tar Heels have covered six of ten games this college football season. However, they’ve failed to cover in three of their last four games, including last week’s win against Duke. North Carolina was a 10-point favorite but only won by two points in double overtime.
Meanwhile, the Tar Heels have hit the Over in five games while hitting the Under in four. They’ve also watched one game push and void with the total this year.
Conversely, Clemson’s gone 4-6 against the spread this season. But they’ve won their last two games against the spread against Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. Clemson was home in both of those games and will be home again on Saturday.
The total has hit the Over and Under in five games each.
Head-to-head, North Carolina only has one win against Clemson. The Tigers won their most recent matchup against North Carolina, with a 39-10 win as seven-point favorites.
How UNC Can Play In The ACC Championship
The North Carolina Tar Heels still can get into the ACC Championship game when looking at the ACC football standings. They’ll need to win their next two games against Clemson and North Carolina State first.
If they can do that, North Carolina would need Louisville to lose its game against Miami this weekend. Beyond that, North Carolina would be rooting against Miami to beat out Louisville and Boston College. They’d also need Georgia Tech to lose to Syracuse.
I know it sounds a bit complicated. But essentially, North Carolina needs to worry about winning its games first. A road game against Clemson won’t be easy. So they can’t think about scenarios yet. It won’t matter if they don’t win their next couple of games.
Could Clemson’s Dabo Swinney Take Texas A&M Job
The Texas A&M Aggies created a buzz earlier this week after firing head coach Jimbo Fisher, which included a $76 million buyout.
Once Fisher was canned, ESPN dropped a list of names Texas A&M could consider for the heading coaching position.
A significant name on the list included Clemson’s Dabo Swinney. Swinney has multiple National Championships and has one of the best records in college football since taking over at Clemson.
Clemson has had its struggles this year. Some fans haven’t been happy with how Swinney has adapted to the new way of college football. Therefore, ESPN figured that Swinney would enjoy a fresh start elsewhere, with higher recruits, in a bigger and better conference.
Swinney didn’t deny his interest in A&M. However, he just waved off the question and moved on. Don’t be surprised if Swinney becomes head coach at Texas A&M next year.
Is Clemson Beatable At Home?
Playing Clemson on the road is never easy. But statistically, North Carolina matches up well.
North Carolina’s Drake Maye has wowed many NFL scouts at quarterback. He’s thrown for 21 touchdowns and six interceptions but has already totaled over 3,140 yards passing this season.
The passing game has earned over 311 yards per game in the air. But while that’s tremendous, the run game has been just as effective with Omarion Hampton. Hampton has earned 206 carries for 1,236 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s averaged six yards per attempt despite all of the volume.
Between Maye and Hampton, the Tar Heels have contributed nearly 200 yards rushing per game this season.
Clemson’s defense is spectacular. They’ve done well holding teams to 109.3 yards on the ground and 148.6 yards in the air. But North Carolina’s offense has more potential in this game.
Clemson’s relying on Cade Klubnik, who has thrown for about 900 yards less than Maye. Klubnik and the passing game have earned only 222.4 yards per game in the air this season. Meanwhile, the run game between Phil Mafah and Will Shipley is excellent. But Clemson will be handcuffed when trying to pass the ball.
Both secondaries are tremendous, but only one quarterback is a projected top-five pick heading into the NFL Draft this year. With a win against the Tigers, the Tar Heels will shoot up the NCAAF rankings this weekend.
If you’re looking for some over under betting tips, think about the Under, knowing Clemson’s offense will struggle in the passing game.
However, our UNC vs Clemson betting tips are to take the Tar Heels at +6.5 (-105).