Like Florida star quarterback Kyle Trask, North Carolina QB Sam Howell is going to be missing a bunch of his toys in the postseason. Four Tar Heels have decided not to play vs. Texas A&M in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 2 in order to remain healthy and start preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Both of UNC’s star RBs, Javonte Williams and Michael Carter, have opted out of the New Year’s Six game in Miami. In addition, WR Dyami Brown won’t be in uniform, nor will star LB Chazz Surratt.
Carter is fourth in the nation in rushing yards (1,245), ninth in yards-per-carry average (8.0 YPC) and has nine rushing touchdowns. He also has 25 receptions for 267 yards and two TDs.
Williams has 1,140 rushing yards and is second in the country in rushing TDs with 19. He averages 7.3 YPC. Williams also has 25 catches for 305 yards and three TDs.
Brown has 55 receptions for 1,099 yards and eight TDs. He paced the ACC and was sixth in the nation in receiving yards.
Surratt has recorded 91 tackles, six sacks, six QB hurries, three passes broken up, 1.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one interception.
Most spots opened Texas A&M as a six or 6.5-point favorite. However, that number quickly moved to seven and has been at -7.5 since Dec. 26. As of Tuesday afternoon (12/30), the total was down to 65.5 points after opening at 69 in most shops. The Tar Heels were +230 on the money line.
Texas A&M is on a seven-game winning streak and has gone 5-2 ATS during that surge. The Aggies are 3-0 ATS in three games as single-digit favorites.