Against the Spread Pick
Both teams played to a win in week two and enter this ACC matchup 2-0 on the year. The Tar Heels defeated Miami 28-25 and Wake Forest took care of Rice 41-21. North Carolina have already surprised a ton of people by winning their first two games and it has started with their freshman quarterback, Sam Howell. Howell threw for 274 yards against the Hurricanes, and had two touchdowns with zero interceptions. The Wake Forest quarterback, Jamie Newman, threw for 312 yards against Rice, had three touchdowns and also no interceptions. The only problem with Newman is that he has not been tested so far this season and I think he could take a huge step back against an opponent that is proving to be a tough out. UNC is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games versus an opponent with a winning record, while the Demon Deacons are 3-7 ATS in the same category. What Mack Brown is doing so far calls for some attention, and therefore I like the Tar Heels to win this game as a small underdog or at the very least, cover the spread.
Over Under Pick
The total is very high in this game, sitting at 66.5 at most shops. Both defenses are allowing an average of 28 points or less, and with this being a conference game, I like the under as the play. That said, this is a game I would bet very small or not at all because both teams have shown the ability to score in bunches. Wake Forest did not exactly open their season with two great opponents, so I believe their offense will be slowed down.