Free College Football Picks Today: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 11/19/22

Free College Football Picks Today: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 11/19/22
Sat 19th November 2022

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-6, 3-4 ACC) head to face the No. 13 University of North Carolina Tar Heels (9-1, 6-0 ACC), who will be out to add to their winning run, at Kenan Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Tar Heels are 21-point favorites, and the total is 63. Georgia Tech is coming off a tough 35-14 loss against No. 25 Miami (FL) at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field last Saturday.

Zach Gibson threw for 120 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Zach Pyron ran eight times for 66 yards. Nate McCollum caught eight passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. North Carolina won for the sixth straight game last Saturday, beating Wake Forest 36-34 at Truist Field.

Drake Maye was 31 of 49 for 448 yards and three touchdowns. He added 71 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Josh Downs added three touchdowns of his own. He hauled in 11 receptions for 154 yards.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Yellow Jackets won the only game between the teams last season, a 45-22 victory in September. Jeff Sims threw for one touchdown and ran for another three for Georgia Tech. Sam Howell tossed two touchdowns for North Carolina.

TALE OF THE TAPE

The Yellow Jackets are averaging 17.1 points per game for the season, 125th in FBS, and they are facing a Tar Heels defense that has surrendered 31.3 PPG (110th). Meanwhile, North Carolina has scored 40.1 points a game this season, 10th in the country, and Georgia Tech is allowing 28.7 PPG (86th).

The Yellow Jackets rank as one of the country’s worst teams in passing yards per game (190.4, 112th), while they are 85th in rushing yards (138.0). They may find their best opportunities through the air, as the Tar Heels are 122nd in the country in passing yards allowed per game (281.8).

Against the run, North Carolina is 101st (179.1). North Carolina has been one of the country’s top passing teams, averaging 341.6 passing yards per game (3rd), while ranking 56th in rushing yards (163.9). The Yellow Jackets are allowing 220.4 passing yards (58th) and 184.3 rushing yards per game (109th).

TOP PERFORMERS

Through seven games, Jeff Sims has thrown for five touchdowns (3 INT) and 159.3 yards per game to lead Georgia Tech in passing. In two away games this season, he has two TDs and an average of 208.0 yards passing. Hassan Hall leads the team in rushing with an average of 47.3 yards a game over 10 games.

Nate McCollum is the Yellow Jackets’ leading receiver with 59.0 yards a game and three TDs. Drake Maye has 34 passing touchdowns (3 INT) with 341.2 yards per game through 10 games to lead North Carolina. In four home games this season, he has thrown for 18 TDs and an average of 336.5 yards.

Drake Maye also leads the team in rushing with an average of 58.4 yards per game. He has five touchdowns on the ground. Josh Downs has been a workhorse in the Tar Heels’ aerial attack. He has 11 touchdowns and a 105.9 yard per game average through eight appearances.

SportsTips’ College Foottball Pick:

UNC -21 (-110)

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