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2021 Duke’s Mayo Bowl prediction, odds: UNC vs. South Carolina picks, best bets from model on 43-30 run

Since going on a five-game winning streak from 1995-2001 to even their all-time record in bowl games at 12-12, the North Carolina Tar Heels have not enjoyed much success in postseason play. UNC has lost eight of its last 11 bowl appearances, including a 41-27 setback against Texas A&M in last year’s Orange Bowl. North Carolina (6-6) seeks its second win in six bowl games when it faces the South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday in the 2021 Duke’s Mayo Bowl.

Kickoff from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., is set for 11:30 a.m. ET. The Tar Heels are 9.5-point favorites in the latest North Carolina vs. South Carolina odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 57. Before making any South Carolina vs. North Carolina picks and Duke’s Mayo Bowl 2021 predictions, be sure to check out the betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model. 

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of almost $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters the third week of the 2021-22 college football bowl season on a 43-30 run on all top-rated college football side picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on North Carolina vs. South Carolina and locked in its Duke’s Mayo Bowl 2021 picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are the college football odds and betting trends for South Carolina vs. North Carolina: 

  • North Carolina vs. South Carolina spread: UNC -9.5
  • North Carolina vs. South Carolina over-under: 57 points
  • North Carolina vs. South Carolina money line: Tar Heels -350, Gamecocks +280
  • UNC: The Tar Heels are are 1-8 against the spread in their last nine games following an ATS win
  • SC: The Gamecocks are 4-0 ATS in their last four bowl games as underdogs

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Why North Carolina can cover

Moving the ball shouldn’t be an issue for the Tar Heels, who are one of the top offensive teams in the country as they rank ninth in total yardage (479.7). They are especially dangerous on the ground, where they are 11th nationally with an average of 219.8 yards per game. Ty Chandler leads the rushing attack with 1,063 yards, while junior quarterback Sam Howell has gained 825.

Chandler leads North Carolina with 13 rushing touchdowns after registering the same amount in 45 games with Tennessee over the previous four seasons. The graduate transfer, who ran for four TDs in 10 contests with the Volunteers last year, matched that total in the Tar Heels’ 58-55 victory over Wake Forest on Nov. 6.

Why South Carolina can cover

The Gamecocks will have graduate transfer Zeb Noland under center as Luke Doty remains out following foot surgery and Jason Brown entered the transfer portal. Noland hasn’t seen a ton of action with South Carolina but produced a few solid performances earlier this year. He threw four touchdown passes en route to a 46-0 victory over Eastern Illinois in his season debut on Sept. 4 and followed with a 225-yard passing performance in a 20-17 triumph at East Carolina a week later.

Noland’s top target will be wideout Josh Vann, who leads the Gamecocks in receptions (43), yards (679) and touchdown catches (five). The senior receiver hauled in a scoring pass in three consecutive contests before South Carolina was blanked 30-0 by Clemson in its final game of the regular season. Vann has a good chance to find the end zone on Thursday as he faces a North Carolina defense that allows nearly 32 points per outing.

How to make South Carolina vs. North Carolina picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 58 points. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only get the model’s Duke’s Mayo Bowl picks at SportsLine.

So who wins North Carolina vs. South Carolina in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl 2021? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to back, all from the computer model that is up almost $3,600 on its top-rated college football spread picks, and find out.

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