Virginia Tech vs. N. Carolina Prediction
Can No. 17 North Carolina build off last week’s win over FSU when it hosts No. 25 Virginia Tech at 3:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, North Carolina is favored at home in this game, as the Tar Heels are getting odds of -1.5 points against Virginia Tech. The over/under total for the contest has been listed at 58 points. These two have split their last four meetings, but Virginia Tech has covered the spread in three straight against UNC.
Virginia Tech is coming off a 54-17 win over ECU two weeks ago. The Hokies are now 3-1 on the season and 2-2 against the spread. New coach Justin Fuente has the Tech offense looking pretty solid this year. The offense is averaging 40.3 points and 449 yards per game, including nearly 200 rushing yards per contest. The Hokies are using a lot of different backs, but Travon McMillian and Jerod Evans have combined for 421 rushing yards to lead the way. Evans has thrown for 970 yards and an impressive 13 touchdowns as well. Defensively, Tech is holding opponents to just 18.8 points and 264.3 yards per game, including only 150.8 passing yards per contest.
North Carolina is coming off a big 37-35 win at Florida State last week to improve to 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in the ACC. The Tar Heels are also 3-2 against the spread in 2016. UNC is averaging 40.4 points and 484.2 yards per game on offense, including 348.2 yards per game through the air. Mitch Trubisky has thrown for 1,711 yards and 13 touchdowns without an interception this season to lead the offense while Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan have combined for 596 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. The great offensive numbers are making up for a poor UNC defense, which is giving up 31 points and 458.8 yards per game. UNC hasn’t stopped the run at all, allowing 236.8 yards per game.
North Carolina has to be feeling pretty good after a win over Florida State last week. While the Heels should feel good, I can also see them living off that win a little too long this week. The Hokies are still a proud franchise that know how to grind out wins with physicality. Rain is in the forecast for this one, so the aerial assault that UNC is accustomed to may not quite go as planned. If they can’t air it out, running the ball may not be easy. I like Virginia Tech to get the minor upset in this one.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 6 PREDICTION: VIRGINIA TECH +1.5