Through 3 Quarters

The North Carolina Tar Heels were expected to win this one, and they are just one quarter away from fulfilling that expectation. After three quarters it's looking more and more like their high-powered offense is just too much for the Western Carolina Catamounts as UNC lead 49-3.

The Tar Heels have been relying on RB Michael Carter, who has rushed for three TDs and 73 yards on eight carries, and QB Sam Howell, who has passed for two TDs and 287 yards on 23 attempts in addition to picking up 41 yards on the ground.

RB Donnavan Spencer has led the way so far for Western Carolina, as he has picked up 52 yards on the ground on 13 carries.

UNC's lead is the biggest they have had this year going into the fourth quarter.

Who's Playing

Western Carolina @ North Carolina

Current Records: Western Carolina 0-2; North Carolina 6-3

What to Know

The Western Carolina Catamounts watched the action from their couches last weekend, but are set to take to the field. They are on the road again Saturday and play against the North Carolina Tar Heels at noon ET Dec. 5 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Given that both teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this contest.

Western Carolina found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 49-17 punch to the gut against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, it was all tied up 17-17 at halftime, but UNC was not quite the Notre Dame Fighting Irish's equal in the second half when they met last Friday. The Tar Heels came up short against the Fighting Irish, falling 31-17. That makes it the first time this season UNC has let down their home crowd. No one had a standout game offensively for UNC, but QB Sam Howell led the way with two touchdowns.

Western Carolina have to know they'll be fighting an uphill battle given the 49.50 point spread they are up against. Those betting on them against the spread shouldn't have high expectations for them since the team is 0-2 ATS when expected to lose.

The Catamounts suffered a grim 49-26 defeat to the Tar Heels when the teams previously met two seasons ago. Can Western Carolina avenge their defeat, or is history doomed to repeat itself? We'll soon find out.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 12 p.m. ET
  • Where: Kenan Memorial Stadium -- Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • TV: ACC Network
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App

Odds

The Tar Heels are a big 49.5-point favorite against the Catamounts, according to the latest college football odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Tar Heels as a 48.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -109

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Series History

North Carolina have won both of the games they've played against Western Carolina in the last six years.

  • Nov 17, 2018 - North Carolina 49 vs. Western Carolina 26
  • Nov 18, 2017 - North Carolina 65 vs. Western Carolina 10