The Panthers come into this game at 9-3 and off a tough loss against Cincinnati while North Carolina is 8-4. Pittsburgh is a three-point favorite in college football betting with a total of 44.5.
Meineke Car Care Bowl betting might be all about motivation in this game. The Panthers were so close to winning the Big East and playing in the Sugar Bowl. Now they have to find reason to want to play in a lower tiered bowl game. What also doesn’t help Pittsburgh in Meineke Car Care Bowl betting is that the game is in Charlotte, North Carolina which means a big home crowd edge for the Tar Heels.
This is not a good matchup for Pittsburgh in Meineke Car Care Bowl betting. The strength of the Panthers is running the ball with freshman Dion Lewis. The problem with running against the Tar Heels is that they are 9th in the country against the run. Pittsburgh will probably have to throw to win in Meineke Car Care Bowl betting and that means it falls into the hands of Bill Stull. He played well early in the season but did not play well down the stretch.
North Carolina won four of its last five games and defense is the reason why. The Tar Heels are sixth in the country in overall defense as college football betting stats show. This is likely to be a low scoring Meineke Car Care Bowl betting game considering North Carolina’s offense is weak.
North Carolina has been a very good underdog in college football betting and that gives them a good a good chance here in Meineke Car Care Bowl betting. They are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog. The Tar Heels are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
The Panthers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite but they are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. the ACC. The Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 bowl games.
Eight of the last eleven North Carolina games versus the Big East have gone over the college football betting total. Four of the last five Pittsburgh games versus the ACC have gone over.