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Duke Blue Devils vs North Carolina Tar Heels 10/2/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Duke Blue Devils (3-1) will battle the 21st ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (2-2) in week 5 of the college football competition at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at noon ET. Duke will try to continue their success after winning their recent battle against Kansas on Saturday. The Blue Devils occupied 4th place in the ACC Coastal Division with a 3-1 overall standing after losing one road match this season. Duke won three games in a row after shutting down the Kansas Jayhawks at 52-33 in their recent stint on Saturday. The Blue Devils posted a total of 607 offensive yards after controlling the offense through the air for 328 passing and on the ground for 279 rushing yards on 7.5 yards per play in that win. Duke marked 27 first downs, 63% 3rd down, and 100% 4th down efficiency with a total of 81 plays.

 

Starting QB Gunnar Holmberg completed 22 of his 29 attempted passes for 328 yards and scored one touchdown with one interception while adding 4 touchdowns in rushing for 88 yards on 17 carries. RB Mataeo Durant led the rushing offense for 124 yards on 21 carries and landed one touchdown while WR Jake Bobo hauled down 7 passes for 105 yards in leading the receiving corps. LB Shaka Heyward controlled the backfield for the Blue Devils with 4 solos and 5 assisted tackles while adding one interception in triumph.

 

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Duke Blue Devils vs North Carolina Tar Heels Predictions 10/2/2021

 

The 21st ranking North Carolina Tar Heels will be hosting week 5 of college football action facing the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday. North Carolina is in 6th place in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division with a 1-2 conference and 2-2 overall standing after winning two outings at home. The Tar Heels snapped a two-game winning streak after losing their recent stint versus the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at 22-45 on Saturday. North Carolina dominated the offense through the air for 306 yards but struggled in their rushing offense with just 63 yards for a total of 369 offensive yards in the loss. The Tar Heels posted 18 first downs, 43% 3rd down, and 33% 4th down efficiency after completing 74 total plays on 5.0 yards per play.

 

QB Sam Howell ruled the passing offense after connecting 25 of his 39 pass attempts for 306 yards with 2 touchdowns and zero interceptions while adding one touchdown in rushing for 8 yards on 16 carries. In leading the running game, RB Ty Chandler attempted 17 rushes for 48 yards while WR Emery Simmons led the receiving group with three receptions for 110 yards in the losing effort. On defense, LB Jeremiah Gemmel contained the ball with 5 solos and 3 assisted tackles in augmenting the backfield for North Carolina.       

 

Duke Blue Devils vs. #21 North Carolina Tar Heels. The NCAAF Pick for this game is North Carolina -19. After splitting their first four contests this season, the Tar Heels are still the stronger team here with their superior passing offense led by QB Sam Howell. The UNC starting quarterback already recorded 11 touchdown passes after four games played this season. The prediction: The North Carolina Tar Heels will win at 48-27.

 

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Duke Blue Devils vs North Carolina Tar Heels 10/2/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAF Starting Time: 12:00 noon ET

 

Location: Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC

 

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021

 

TV: ESPN2

 

NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina Tar Heels -19

 

NCAAF Totals: 73.5

 

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