The Texas A&M Aggies and the North Carolina Tar Heels make up the Orange Bowl for 2021. In this matchup, you can expect to see explosive offense and a lot of fast paced action on both sides of the field.
Date: 8:00 PM ET on January 2, 2021
Watch On: ESPN
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Texas A&M (8-1)
The Texas A&M Aggies are riding a seven game winning streak after an early loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide back in October. Looking at the Aggies record, they have a 8-1 straight up against the competition. For betting, they have gone 5-4 against the spread and 4-5 under the total.
The Aggies are ranked 31st in the nation for total offense, averaging 31.9 points per game too. They also rank 14th for total defense and allow 21.1 points per game.
Quarterback Kellen Mond finished the regular season with 19 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. That is a very solid ratio between these two averages. Running back Isaiah Spiller added in 986 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per rush, along with seven touchdowns.
North Carolina (8-3)
North Carolina’s last performance was a blowout victory against a ranked Miami Hurricanes team, at 62-26. This moved the Tar Heels record to 8-3 straight up, along with sports betting stats to 5-6 against the spread and 6-5 above the total.
The Tar Heels rank high as 7th in the nation for total scoring offense and average 43 points per game. In addition, their defense is ranked 60th for points allowed at 28.4 points per game.
Quarterback Sam Howell has put up 27 touchdown passes along with 10.6 yards per pass. His success can also be attributed to star running backs Michael Carter and Javonte Williams, allowing him to keep defenses honest. Those two combined totaled over 1140 rushing yards.
Odds For This Event
The market is calling this one close within a touchdown. For the spread, BetOnline has the odds currently set at:
Texas A&M: -7 (-110)
UNC: +7 (-110)
*odds are subject to changes
Free Betting Pick
For this season, Texas A&M proved to be a standout program that plays football the right way and is efficient on both sides of the ball. Coach Fisher and his team have showcased a strong running, solid play action passing, and solid defense.
This sets up the Aggies well in this matchup, making it a point to try and defend a very good offensive UNC team. Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, they have a few players not participating in this game.
Javonte Williams, in addition to Dyami Brown, Chazz Surratt, and fellow running back mate, Michael Carter have all moved on. Williams recently stated he is opting for the NFL draft.
With this in mind, the Tar Heels will have less star players to turn to, especially with their running game losing both star running backs. Look for the Aggies to take advantage of that and keep this game low scoring. Play the under 66 in this spot.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Under 66