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North Carolina Tar Heels vs. California Golden Bears Early Betting Odds & Picks

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. California Golden Bears Football Helmets - NCAA bettingpreview

The 2018 college football betting season is right around the corner. One team sports betting players might be interested in following this upcoming season is Cal. Although they’re coming off a disappointing season, the Golden Bears have a rather large following. And come September, they’ll be kicking their season off with the North Carolina Tar Heels vs. California Golden Bears matchup. Let’s check on what kind of sportsbook odds both sides are facing.

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. California Golden Bears – Sat., Sept. 1st            

When: 4:00 pm ET

Where: Memorial Stadium, Berkley, California

TV: Fox

Stream: Fox Sports Go

College Football Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
North Carolina +6½ (-110) +210
California -6½ (-110) -250
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North Carolina Tar Heels  

The Tar Heels are coming off a rather disappointing 3-9 season that saw the program post a 1-7 record in ACC play. Naturally, this lead to a weak ranking in the Coastal Division. In fact, UNC ended up ranked last in the division. Although the Tar Heels aren’t known for their strength on the gridiron, last season was still a huge disappointment. After all, they didn’t make the conference championship, didn’t make any bowl games, and lost their annual rivalry against NC State. Moving forward, Larry Fedora will be vying for better results in his 7th season at the helm.

Players to Watch: Chazz Surratt (1,342 passing yards, 8 TD, 3 INT), Jordon Brown (613 rushing yards, 4 TD, 4.4 AVG), and Anthony Ratliff-Williams (630 receiving yards, 6 TD, 35 REC).

California Golden Bears

Although the Golden Bears had a slightly more successful season than North Carolina, their 5-7 record was still a massive letdown. Furthermore, their 2-7 record in Pac-12 failed to make any sort of splash in the conference. Instead, the Golden Bears found themselves ranked penultimate in the North Division. Subsequently, they found themselves missing out on the Pac-12 championship game. They did however, get an invite to the Rose Bowl. Unfortunately, it didn’t amount to much as UCLA beat Cal 30-27.

Players to Watch: Ross Bowers (3,039 passing yards, 18 TD, 12 INT), Patrick Laird (1,127 rushing yards, 8 TD, 5.9 AVG), and Vic Wharton III (871 receiving yards, 5 TD, 67 REC).

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. California Golden Bears Predictions

Trends

  • UNC posted a 2-3 record SU on the road last season
  • UNC posted a 3-2 record ATS on the road last season
  • The TOTAL went OVER in 3 of UNC’s 5 away games last season
  • California posted a 4-2 record SU at home last season
  • California posted a 5-1 ATS record at home last season
  • The TOTAL went UNDER in 3 of California’s 5 home games last season
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. California Golden Bears Betting Picks

So which side should players learning how to bet college football online take in this North Carolina Tar Heels vs. California Golden Bears matchup? All in all, it’s probably better to stick with the Golden Bears here. They’re coming off a rough season but they had better numbers than UNC last year. They’ll also be playing at home. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 31-21 California.

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