The ESPN Gameday analysts picked North Carolina unanimously over the Miami football team on Saturday morning before their 7:30 ET kickoff on ABC. North Carolina is a 2.5-point favorite on Saturday with the spread trending to Miami. North Carolina opened as a 3.5-point favorite over Miami per the FanDuel Sportsbook.
Miami has lost four straight games to North Carolina. The Hurricanes have not won in Chapel Hill since 2018. Quarterbacks Drake Maye of North Carolina and Tyler Van Dyke of Miami will be the focus on Saturday night. Van Dyke outdueled Maye last season, but Miami lost 27-24 at Hard Rock Stadium.
The biggest question on Saturday will be if Miami can recover from the late-game loss to Georgia Tech last week. Miami has a huge test on Saturday in Chapel Hill. How the Miami football team responds to the loss to Georgia Tech could determine how the remainder of the season plays out.
Miami at North Carolina is one of four games and the only one in the ACC on Saturday between ranked teams. Notre Dame and USC, Oregon and Washington and Oregon State and UCLA are the other three. Miami enters Saturday as the 25th-ranked team in the Associated Press Top 25. North Carolina is 12th in both polls.
"Desmond Howard said “Too much North Carolina offense, too much Drake Maye, UNC wins by a field goal.Actor Joel McHale, a Washington alum who was the celebrity guest picker said “I have UNC beating Miami.”Lee Corso: “Defense helps UNC win this by a TD.”Kirk Herbstreit “This is the type of game NC has lost in the past. I don’t think they will do that today 11 different receivers spread it out a week ago, I think UNC is challenged but they win."
Pat McAfee also picked North Carolina on ESPN Gameday. Miami proved ESPN Gameday wrong earlier this season when the Hurricanes defeated Texas A&M as a road underdog. Corso was the only ESPN Gameday analyst to pick Miami over Texas A&M. The Hurricanes defeated the Aggies 48-33.
Miami will almost assuredly be one of the featured games next Saturday when they host Clemson. The Tigers who are off this week are 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the ACC. If Miami loses, the Hurricanes and Tigers matching up with each having two ACC losses would not have been a trend anyone would have predicted to begin the season.