|ESPN Thursday Night College Football Odds: North Carolina vs. Virginia|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:30|
North Carolina vs. Virginia Odds
North Carolina is 6-4 on the season, 3-3 in the ACC and 1-3 on the road. Virginia is 4-6 on the season, 2-4 in the ACC and 3-3 at home. The Tar Heels are 5-5 against the spread this season while the Cavaliers are 1-8-1 ATS. North Carolina has won and covered in two straight against Virginia.
Trends show that North Carolina is 3-11 against the spread in its last 14 games against Virginia and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 trips to Virginia. These two teams have hit the under in 5 of their last 7 meetings.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, North Carolina is a slight favorite on the road in this game, as the Tar Heels have odds of -3 points at Virginia on Thursday night. The over/under total has been set at 61.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had North Carolina favored by 4 points. The spread never got higher than that and is currently at its low of UNC -3.
North Carolina is coming off a 68-50 loss to Georgia Tech last week. The Tar Heels have lost two of their last three games. On the season, North Carolina is averaging 40.5 points per game on offense, which ranks ninth in the country. Defensively, UNC is allowing 25.7 points per game. Quarterback Brynn Renner has thrown for 2,736 yards and 20 touchdowns this season to lead the team while running back Giovani Bernard, who has rushed for 1,008 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Virginia is coming off a 41-40 win over Miami last week. The Cavaliers have won two straight coming into this game. On the year, Virginia is allowing 24.6 points per game on offense while the defense is giving up 29.3 points per contest. Quarterback Michael Rocco is leading this team with 1,585 yards and 12 touchdowns.
In terms of Injuries, Virginia receiver Brian Pomper is questionable with a lower body injury while defensive end Diamonte Bailey is questionable with an illness. North Carolina defensive end Tim Jackson is questionable with a leg injury while kicker Casey Barth is questionable with a leg injury.
The Public Bets for this game are backing North Carolina. The Tar Heels are getting 56% of the wagers with odds of -3 points at Virginia on Thursday.