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Hokies vs Tar Heels Betting Matchup Report

North Carolina Tar Heels Virginia Tech Hokies
1-3 October 05, 2013, 12:30 | Lane Stadium 4-1

 

The Hokies will do battle with the visiting North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.

The Hokies are 4-1 so far on the season, and 1-2-2 ATS vs. the number. The Tar Heels, meanwhile, are 1-3 and 1-3 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Virginia Tech go 2-3 and the Tar Heels go 1-3 on the totals.

View North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Tech Hokies Odds and Stats.

The Tar Heels were listed as 7-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. The total was 45.5 at BetOnline midweek.

The Hokies sit at No. 70 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Tar Heels are at No. 57 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Hokies will win this game 29-16.

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In their last action, North Carolina was a 55-31 loser at home against East Carolina. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (86) was profitable news for OVER bettors. In their last game, the Hokies were Week 5 winners, coming out on top of the Yellow Jackets by a score of 17-10.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Virginia Tech's No. 93-ranked offense (23.2 PPG) against a Tar Heels defense that ranks No. 94 at 32.5 PPG. The Hokies passing attack has averaged 188.8 yards per game, less than the Tar Heels give up through the air (225.25 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Tar Heels own the league's No. 17-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 87.5 yards per game when on the road. Virginia Tech, on the other hand, rates No. 62 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Tar Heels at Hokies trends to consider:
North Carolina is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Virginia Tech
North Carolina is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Virginia Tech
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina's last 6 games when playing Virginia Tech
North Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 1-2-2 ATS in its last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia Tech's last 7 games
Virginia Tech is 1-2-2 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
North Carolina at Miami, Thursday, October 17th
Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh, Saturday, October 12th