The 2014 UNC football season may still be a few months away, but the folks down in Las Vegas couldn’t wait to get some early betting lines out to the public. Here are the early college football season odds from the Golden Nugget.
The lines don’t include every game, just the ones considered intriguing for Vegas betters. For the Tar Heels, the games against Liberty, East Carolina and Georgia Tech didn’t make the cut. But we can assume the Heels would be favored by a pretty large margin in all three games.
|North Carolina||21 points||San Diego State||Sept. 6th/@UNC|
|Clemson||4 points||North Carolina||Sept. 27th/@Clemson|
|North Carolina||10 points||Virginia Tech||Oct. 4th/@UNC|
|Notre Dame||2.5 points||North Carolina||Oct. 11th/@ND|
|North Carolina||14 points||Virginia||Oct. 25th/@UVA|
|Miami||1 point||North Carolina||Nov. 1st/@Miami|
|North Carolina||10 points||Pittsburgh||Nov. 15th/@UNC|
|North Carolina||3 points||Duke||Nov. 20th/@Duke|
|North Carolina||20 points||N.C. State||Nov. 29th/@UNC|
Vegas seems to like the Tar Heels early, as they have them as the favorites in six of the nine toughest games they will play in 2014. The lines that stick out to me the most are those against Clemson and Notre Dame. Both of those two programs are traditional powerhouses in the national landscape, and the fact that Vegas puts UNC on an almost even keel with those two teams says a lot about the potential the Tar Heels have for the upcoming season.
The line also has something to do with the fact that Clemson and the Irish are both facing lots of turnover on both sides of the football. Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins, Troy Niklas and Stephon Tuitt are just a few of the names that left both those teams for the NFL.
The lines that Carolina fans like the most are the ones against N.C. State and Duke. UNC is favored by 20 points against N.C. State and three points against Duke, despite that being a road game. While UNC has had the upper hand against the Wolfpack the last few years, the Blue Devils have been the proverbial thorn in the Tar Heel’s side since 2012. Starting off as favorites in those games are good signs.
I think Vegas respects all the young talent the Tar Heels have. Be it T.J. Logan, Ryan Switzer, Brian Walker or Khris Francis, the Heels have a lot of young guys who made plays last season and who look to build upon that success in 2014.
Also, I think any Tar Heels fan would take nine wins in 2014 with losses against Notre Dame, Clemson and Miami. And if the football bounces the right way for the Heels in any of those games, a 10 win season would be a huge step in the right direction for this program.
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