Kenan Memorial Stadium Chapel Hill

Florida A&M Rattlers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Pick & Prediction AUGUST 27th 2022

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The Florida A&M Rattlers are a football program from the FCS in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

They will be going on the road, taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels in their first game of the regular season on Saturday, August 27th, with kickoff set for 8:15 p.m. ET time at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The Tar Heels are from the ACC conference, and this game will be nothing more than a money maker for Florida A&M and a warm up game for North Carolina for what's to come in 2022. There have been a few upsets in the FCS vs. FBS matchups, but it doesn't happen that often and is news when it does.

Florida A&M Rattlers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Odds

TV: ACC Network




Florida A&M vs. North Carolina Preview for CFB Week 0

Florida A&M in the FCS finished with a 9-3 record and a 7-1 conference record a season ago. Redshirt senior quarterback Rasean McKay returns for them this season. He only completed 57.9% of his passes for 2,497 yards, 22 touchdowns, and five touchdowns last season.

Graduate student Xavier Smith returns as their top wide receiver with 64 receptions for 713 yards receiving and three touchdowns. He averaged 11.3 yards per catch.

North Carolina in the FBS finished with a 6-7 record overall and a 4-5 ACC record in the conference last season. Sophomore Jacolby Criswell (61.9%, 179 yards) or redshirt freshman Drake Maye (70.0%, 89 yards) will be named the starting quarterback, and it seems to be unknown at this time who replaces Sam Howell.

Each threw for one touchdown pass last season. Junior wide receiver Josh Downs caught 101 passes for 1,335 yards (13.2 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns last season.

Florida A&M vs. North Carolina Pick

North Carolina has by far a much better roster than the Florida A&M Rattlers. This game is probably going to get out of hand early and often. North Carolina can split time at the quarterback position with Jacolby Criswell and Drake Maye.

They will have their starters out early in the game, and North Carolina was only 5-8 record-wise against the spread last season. Florida A&M booster club will be happy to get its paycheck from the North Carolina Tar Heels.

We should be in for an exciting bout, but it is hard to look past the Tar Heels here. They have the better roster all around and should win this game and cover the spread! North Carolina will win this game over Florida A&M.

Final Score: North Carolina 45 - Florida A&M 7


1. Senior Running Back for Florida A&M Terrell Jennings rushed for 517 yards on 105 carries and four touchdowns last season (4.9 yards per carry).

2. North Carolina had the third-ranked offense last season in the ACC at 35.2 PPG.

3. North Carolina had the third-worst defense last season in the ACC at 32.1 PPG.

Best Bet: North Carolina Will Win Big

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