The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Check out our college football odds series for our Georgia Tech North Carolina predictions and picks.
The North Carolina Tar Heels have emerged as one of college football’s most pleasantly surprising teams in 2022. In 2021, North Carolina was the favorite for the ACC Coastal Division championship but was planted in the face quite spectacularly, ending with a losing record and being smashed in a bowl game. This year’s team entered the season with very little publicity or enthusiasm, flying well under the radar while Mario Cristobal and Miami received the lion’s share of attention among the ACC Coastal programs. Virginia returned quarterback Brennan Armstrong and envisioned having a big offense. Coach Tony Elliott failed to use Armstrong’s talents in a brutal crash-and-burn season for the Cavaliers. Pittsburgh, the defending ACC Coastal champion, has encountered many problems with its 2021 quarterback, offensive coordinator and star receiver leaving the program for other goals.
Stepping into the vacuum left by these three failed teams, North Carolina has penned an impressive season. The Tar Heels have only lost one game, and that went to a non-ACC opponent, Notre Dame. North Carolina has passed every ACC test so far, and there’s an obvious reason for the Tar Heels’ remarkable success in 2022.
Drake Maye has become the elite quarterback that many people thought Sam Howell would be last year. Maye has found the ability to make big plays in big situations. This is something that cannot be taught; Players either face the situation or they don’t. Maye has been extremely reliable under pressure all season. He won that tight shootout against Appalachian State in early September. He prevailed in close matches against Miami and Duke. He was an early deficit against Pitt but calmly led his team to a strong comeback and a multi-points win. Last week he was late in delivering the goods against Wake Forest. He’s a Heisman Trophy contender, and he should be.
Georgia Tech has endured a miserable season and a difficult fall under interim coach Brent Key after former head coach Geoff Collins was fired. Key has earned the respect and trust of his players, but the offense just didn’t have enough talent to give this team what it takes to be a Bowl-worthy team. The new head coach needs to come in and update the squad immediately through the transfer portal. It’s that simple for the Yellow Jackets as they prepare for the offseason.
Here are Georgia Tech-North Carolina NCAA football odds, courtesy of FanDuel.
College Football Odds: Georgia Tech-North Carolina Odds
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: +21.5 (-115)
North Carolina Tar Sales: -21.5 (-105)
Over: 62.5 (-112)
Below: 62.5 (-108)
Why Georgia Tech could cover the spread
The Tar Heels could be caught looking ahead to their expected game against North Carolina State next week. It’s definitely a trap game for North Carolina. Georgia Tech could take advantage of this fact.
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Why North Carolina could cover the spread
Drake Maye is the current quarterback for North Carolina. He transformed this team in a short time. North Carolina has a lawful high-value offense. Playing at home, UNC should be able to score more than enough to outrun a Georgia Tech team that can’t score in heaps.
Final Georgia Tech-North Carolina Prediction & Pick
Drake Maye is great, but North Carolina will indeed be looking at NC State and playing a mediocre game, allowing Georgia Tech to stay close and under cover.
Georgia Tech-North Carolina Final Prediction & Pick: Georgia Tech +21.5