North Carolina vs. South Carolina Duke’s Mayo Bowl Expert Picks and Odds Preview

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Sam Howell #7 of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Grant Halverson/Getty Images/AFP

The most oddly-named bowl of this year’s postseason promises to have the weirdest postgame celebration as well. The Duke’s Mayo Bowl has offered $10,000 to the winning coach’s charity of choice if he agrees to forgo the traditional Gatorade bath after the game and instead has a bucket of mayonnaise dumped on him.

The coaches for South Carolina and North Carolina have both said that they’re in. Keep reading to check the college football odds, get some expert betting advice, and cash out at the top-rated books!

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

Thursday, December 30, 2021 – 11:30 AM EST at Bank of America Stadium

South Carolina coach Shane Beamer was quick to accept the offer. So, if his 6-6 Gamecocks get the win, he’ll be getting the mayo dump. A few days later, Hall of Fame UNC coach Mack Brown also agreed to it, saying, in typical Mack Brown fashion, “If it means getting the win, you could hit me in the face with a frying pan for all I care.” So we’ll get the dump if the 6-6 Tar Heels win as well.

Down Year for Tar Heels

UNC is no stranger to the home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, where the bowl game will be played. The Tar Heels will be playing in the Charlotte bowl for the fifth time and under the fourth different named sponsor. North Carolina is 1-3 in previous trips to the Belk, Meineke Car Care, and Continental Tire Bowl.

The Tar Heels have also played South Carolina in the stadium on two occasions, opening the 2015 and 2019 seasons against the Gamecocks and splitting the two games. At the start of the season, the Heels had their sites set higher than ending the year in their second home in Charlotte.

UNC opening the season in the top 10, coming off an Orange Bowl berth and with a Heisman candidate in quarterback Sam Howell. The Tar Heels dropped the opener, on the road at Virginia Tech, and also suffered upset losses at Georgia Tech and home against FSU.

The Tar Heels got some good news when Howell announced that he would play in the bowl game. UNC had four of their top players opt out of last season’s Orange Bowl, and the top quarterback in program history seems likely to depart for the NFL after the season, so there was a concern he’d sit out the game this time around.

Stiff Defense

South Carolina is making its second trip to the bowl game in Charlotte and looking to score its first points. The Gamecocks were shut out by Virginia, 28-0, in 2018. That was the last time South Carolina made a bowl game before Beamer, in his first year as head coach, led them back to the postseason. Beamer is also seeking a win to give USC a winning season for the first time since 2018.

Unlike UNC, South Carolina has been hit hard by player attrition as the Gamecocks prepare for the bowl. Leading rusher ZaQuandre White and pass rusher Kingsley Enagbare have both decided to opt out of the bowl in order to prepare for the NFL draft.

Starting quarterback Jason Brown also reacted to the team landing Oklahoma transfer Spencer Rattler for next season, announcing his intention to transfer elsewhere immediately. Backup Luke Doty is recovering from foot surgery, leaving just two scholarship quarterbacks available for the game. Zeb Noland, who started the first four games before being replaced, will return to the QB1 role for the bowl game.

The Pick

Keep in mind for your college football picks Howell’s decision to play in the game helps the Tar Heels on the field, of course, but it also delivers an emotional message to the team that this game matters.

That’s especially meaningful after the demoralizing decisions made by four key players prior to last season’s Orange Bowl. Look for the Heels to be motivated against a South Carolina team missing several important pieces.

NCAAF Pick: North Carolina -9 (-115) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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