Syracuse kicks off the season Saturday at 12pm against the Tar Heels

Steven Shoemaker

Despite the Tar Heels being the 22.5 point favorites to win, don't sleep on the Orange to make this a very competitive game. The last time Dino Babers team faced the Tar Heels was in 2018 when the Orange were the favorite and won in double overtime 40-37.

With the Tar Heels being the favorite this time around, the Orange pass rush is going to have to step up and get to Tar Heels quarterback Sam Howell frequently and often. Look for big games on the offensive side out of quarterback Tommy Devito and wide receiver Taj Harris.

Is it reasonable to believe that the Orange will have no problems covering the spread in what is believed to be such a lob sided game?