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North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech Football Prediction and Preview

North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech Football Prediction and Preview

North Carolina (UNC) vs. Georgia Tech (GT) Prediction and Preview

The Vegas line favored Clemson by 27 points, so no one was expecting a tight game last Saturday in Chapel Hill. But North Carolina more than gave the Tigers a fight, coming a two-point conversion away from taking down the nation's then-top-ranked team. Despite the loss and a 2-3 record, the Tar Heels' win over Miami in Week 2 means that they are 1-0 in ACC Coastal games. Their second division battle comes this week in Atlanta against Georgia Tech.

The Jackets' transition to their new coaching staff has not gone as well as Carolina's shift to Mack Brown. Along with a narrow victory over struggling South Florida, Tech has suffered beatdowns at the hands of Clemson and Temple as well as a devastating loss to FCS member The Citadel. Geoff Collins' team now enters a key stretch of six straight games against Coastal opponents.

Since Brown left Carolina for Texas at the end of the 1997 season, Georgia Tech has owned this series, winning 16 out of 21 games.

North Carolina at Georgia Tech

Kickoff: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. ET

TV: ACC Network

Spread: North Carolina -10

When North Carolina Has the Ball

The Tar Heels' offense has been very consistent so far this year. Not explosive, but consistent. UNC is averaging 154 yards per game on the ground and has produced 144 to 146 rushing yards in three of its five games, including last week against Clemson. Javonte Williams and Michael Carter are each north of 300 rushing yards while getting essentially the same number of carries.