Virginia Tech visits North Carolina this weekend after losing in a blowout to West Virginia last week. North Carolina is going to try and rebound too after losing to Notre Dame in a game that looked closer than it actually was. These two teams have a chance to right the ship with a win here. Let’s take a look at the odds, and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina Odds
North Carolina is a 9-point favorite at home against Virginia Tech and is at -325 on the money line. The over/under is set at 51.5 too. North Carolina being favored by that much makes sense because they’ve been the better team so far up to this point between the two. The Tar Heels are also the home team, which factors in as well. The total seems about right, but it’ll be interesting to see because these offenses are very different, with North Carolina being able to score a lot easier than Virginia Tech. These numbers will probably stay where they are at, but keep an eye on if anything changes, like the total.
Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina Prediction & Pick
The pick: North Carolina -9
Virginia Tech has been inconsistent, and has struggled at certain times this year, and this seems like a bad spot for them. First, it’s a road game, which doesn’t help at all. They’ve struggled on offense in particular, and through four games are only averaging 20 points and 330 total yards a game. They are facing a Tar Heel defense that has not been good either in their own right, which could help the offense get some signs of life. The defense has given up an average of 39 points and 495 total yards a game through four games. However, the difference in this game will be the North Carolina offense, which is easily the best unit here. They are averaging 46 points and 502 yards a game, which is good for a top-20 offense in the entire country. Drake Maye has been a very good quarterback for the Tar Heels too, and is ranked 10th in the country in passing yards. He has 1,231 passing yards and also has 16 touchdown passes to just one interception. The Tar Heel passing offense is too good for the Hokies to try and contain. The Virginia Tech defense has been better than expected and has been the strength of the team. They are allowing 17 points and 256 total yards a game. However, bet on the Tar Heels in this spot, due to the offense being as inconsistent as its been, its difficult seeing Virginia Tech being able to keep up with the Tar Heels on offense.
Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina Key Matchups
Can Grant Wells step up and take advantage of a lackluster North Carolina defense?
Grant Wells vs the North Carolina Passing Defense
Grant Wells has been inconsistent to start the year for the Hokies, to say the least. On the year, he has 844 passing yards and also has five touchdowns to five interceptions. He also has a completion percentage of 60% up to this point. Wells has only eclipsed 300 passing yards once up to this point in the season, and it was against an FCS foe. His next closed passing yardage was against Old Dominion in the first game of the year, when he threw for 197 yards. He also threw four interceptions in that game too. He hasn’t been smart with the ball either in their losses, with all five interceptions on the year coming either against Old Dominion or West Virginia, two games they lost.
Despite all that, the North Carolina defense could be a good matchup for him in this game. The passing defense has given up an average of 279 passing yards a game. This matchup could decide the game because he’s going to need his team to score to keep pace with the Tar Heels offense.
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