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Sport Notre Dame vs. North Carolina odds, spread: 2021 college football picks, Week 9 predictions from proven model

02:16  31 october  2021
02:16  31 october  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish, ranked 11th nationally, face the North Carolina Tar Heels in a nonconference showdown on Saturday in South Bend, Ind. This will be the 22nd meeting between the schools since the series began in 1949. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 19-2 with both North Carolina victories occurring in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Fighting Irish (6-1) have been ranked 14 times in the previous 21 meetings. The Tar Heels (4-3) are looking for their first victory in the series since a 29-24 win in 2008. Notre Dame won last year's meeting 31-17 in Chapel Hill.

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Kickoff from Notre Dame Stadium is at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Fighting Irish are favored by 3.5 points in the latest Notre Dame vs. UNC odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 62.5. Before making any North Carolina vs. Notre Dame picks, make sure you check out the college football predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,900 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters Week 9 of the 2021 season on a 26-11 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

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Now, the model has set its sights on North Carolina vs. Notre Dame and just locked in its picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see all of the model's CFB picks. Now, here are several college football betting lines and trends for Notre Dame vs. UNC:

  • Notre Dame vs. UNC spread: Notre Dame -3.5
  • Notre Dame vs. UNC over-under: 62.5 points
  • Notre Dame vs. UNC money line: North Carolina +155, Notre Dame -180
  • UNC: The Tar Heels are 14-6 against the spread in their last 20 games following an ATS loss
  • ND: The Fighting Irish are 5-1 ATS in their last six games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game
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Why Notre Dame can cover

Sophomore tight end Michael Mayer is a major weapon for the Fighting Irish and returned from a leg injury last week. He leads the team in receptions with 37 for 414 yards (11.2 average) and three touchdowns. Last Saturday against USC, Mayer had five catches for 54 yards. He has totaled five or more catches in five of six games, including a nine-catch, 120-yard and one touchdown performance at Florida State on Sept. 5. He had seven receptions for 81 yards and two scores against Toledo on Sept. 11.

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Sophomore running back Kyren Williams is also putting together an impressive season. He leads the team with 508 yards rushing on 121 carries (4.2 average) and six touchdowns. Williams was clutch in last week's win over USC, carrying 25 times for 138 yards and two scores. He has rushed for at least 78 yards in three games this season and has registered a rushing touchdown in five of seven games.

Why North Carolina can cover

Despite that, the Fighting Irish are not a lock to cover the UNC vs. Notre Dame spread. That's because the Tar Heels are averaging 36 points per game over their last three games. When North Carolina is close entering the fourth quarter, there is a good chance it will finish strong. The Tar Heels have a plus-24 scoring margin in the final quarter this season, and led the nation in fourth-quarter scoring margin in 2019 and 2020 at plus-116 during that span.

Junior quarterback Sam Howell is a dual-threat on offense. He leads the team in passing and is second in rushing. Howell has completed 129-of-211 passes (61.1 percent) for 1,851 yards and 18 touchdowns with six interceptions and a rating of 157.3. He has also carried the ball 96 times for 494 yards (5.1 average) and five scores. In the win over Miami (FL) two weeks ago, Howell threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more.

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How to make North Carolina vs. Notre Dame picks

SportsLine's model is leaning under on the point total, projecting 60 combined points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's Notre Dame vs. North Carolina pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Notre Dame vs. UNC? And which side of the spread cashes in over 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the North Carolina vs. Notre Dame spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that finished the past five-plus years up nearly $3,900 on its FBS college football picks, and find out.

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