Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels
Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels 9/9/23 – Week two of the college football season is set to feature an electrifying match-up between the Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-0) and the North Carolina Tar Heels (1-0). On September 9, 2023, at 5:15 PM ET, all eyes will be glued to Kenan Memorial Stadium, with live coverage on ACCN.
The Mountaineers commenced their season with an undefeated record. In their arsenal, running back Nate Noel seems to be the powerhouse. With 24 attempts, he’s amassed 115 yards, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and has found the end zone once. Wide receiver Kaedin Robinson is another threat on the field, having secured 4 receptions for a total of 64 yards and one touchdown in their opening match.
The Tar Heels, competing on their home turf, also boast an undefeated record early in the season. Their running back British Brooks showcases explosive speed and agility, racking up 103 rushing yards on 15 attempts, averaging a strong 6.9 yards per carry. Wideout Kobe Paysour further supplements their offensive capabilities with 7 receptions, 66 receiving yards, and a touchdown. Check out our free daily football picks for more insights.
Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023, 5:15 PM ET|
|Where:||Kenan Memorial Stadium|
Joey Aguilar QB vs. Drake Maye QB
This game presents an enticing quarterback match-up. Joey Aguilar of the Mountaineers is showing remarkable promise with an 84.6% completion rate, having completed 11 of his 13 attempts, throwing for 174 yards. He’s also thrown for 4 touchdowns without any interceptions, which results in a remarkable passer rating of 298.6.
On the other side of the field, Drake Maye, North Carolina’s quarterback, is more of a volume passer. He completed 24 of 32 attempts, accumulating 269 passing yards. While he has thrown 2 touchdowns, he’s been intercepted twice, leading to a passer rating of 153.7. Both quarterbacks have been sack-free, indicating strong offensive line performances so far.
In a head-to-head comparison, while Aguilar’s stats shine brighter with a higher completion rate and passer rating, Maye’s capability to air the ball more and rack up a higher yardage can’t be overlooked.
Odds/Point Spread: North Carolina Tar Heels -1000, Total Odds: 58
Bettors will have a challenging decision to make given the current odds. The Mountaineers are at a Spread of +18.5 (-110), a Moneyline of +660, and a total over-under set at 58 o (-115). Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are favorites with a Spread of -18.5 (-110), a Moneyline of -1000, and an under at 58 u (-105).
Appalachian State Mountaineers Betting Trends
Recent betting trends might be concerning for Mountaineers supporters. Appalachian State has struggled lately with a 0-6 record ATS in their last six games. Their woes continue on the road, with a 1-5 ATS record in their last 6 away matches. The Mountaineers’ recent history against Atlantic Coast conference opponents is particularly bleak, reflected by a 1-8 SU record. Their overall September performance is also lackluster with a 1-6 ATS. However, there’s a glimmer of hope, given their 6-1 SU record in their last 7 games played in week 2 and the fact that the total has gone OVER in 8 of their last 12 Saturday games.
North Carolina Tar Heels Betting Trends
The Tar Heels paint a more mixed picture when it comes to betting trends. They’ve been struggling recently with a 1-4 SU record in their last 5 games. However, home seems to be where their strength is, boasting a 15-5 SU record in their last 20 home games. Betting the UNDER seems the right choice with North Carolina, as the total has gone UNDER in 6 of their last 7 games, and particularly in 5 of their last 5 Saturday matches. Their performance in September looks strong, with 5 of the last 7 games going OVER, and a week 2 record of 8-2 SU.
Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels 9/9/23 Betting Picks
Considering the team analyses, quarterback performances, and betting trends, North Carolina appears to be the safer bet, especially playing at home. Appalachian State’s Joey Aguilar shows promise, but the overall team’s recent history against ACC opponents is disconcerting. Drake Maye’s higher volume of passes and North Carolina’s impressive home record points towards a Tar Heels victory. Given the data, the Tar Heels have the edge and are predicted to not only win but also cover the spread. The Mountaineers will put up a fight, but the Tar Heels’ home advantage and superior trends are likely to be decisive. For more insights, check out our free sports picks today.
Free Pick and Prediction: North Carolina Tar Heels will win 38-19.