Tar Heels home to Hokies in NCAAF betting action
Virginia Tech Hokies vs North Carolina Tar Heels Odds
The Tar Heels will do battle with the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.
This season the Tar Heels are 3-2 overall and 3-2 ATS against the number, while the Hokies are 3-2 and 1-4 ATS. As for the totals, North Carolina is 3-1 on the OU, and Virginia Tech is 2-2.
Betting Line: On the opening line for this matchup, the Tar Heels sat as 1.5-point favorites, according to 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.
Power Rankings / Prediction: It's a betting matchup between the No. 29-rated Tar Heels and the No. 99-ranked Hokies, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 54-37 result in favor of the Tar Heels.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up North Carolina's No. 12-ranked offense (43.2 PPG) against a Hokies defense that ranks No. 27 at 17.2 PPG. The Tar Heels passing attack has averaged 304.8 yards per game, more than the Hokies give up through the air (193.2 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Hokies feature the league's No. 106-rated road run defense, allowing 254 yards per game. North Carolina, meanwhile, ranks No. 36 in rushing offense at home.
Virginia Tech lost its last outing, a 27-24 result against Cincinnati on September 29. Virginia Tech failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point favorite, while the 51 combined points took the game OVER the total. In Cincinnati's last outing, Munchie Legaux threw for 376 yards to lead the Bearcats over Virginia Tech 27-24 at FedExField.
North Carolina was a 66-0 winner in its last match at home against Idaho. They covered the 27-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 66 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Idaho didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Tar Heels as North Carolina blasted them 66-0 in Week 5 action.
Virginia Tech Hokies Trends:
When playing in October are 8-2
When playing on grass are 7-3
After being outgained are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 8-2
North Carolina Tar Heels Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 4-6
A few Hokies at Tar Heels trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Virginia Tech's last 5 games when playing North Carolina
Virginia Tech is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing North Carolina
Virginia Tech is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Virginia Tech is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against North Carolina
North Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of North Carolina's last 5 games when playing Virginia Tech
North Carolina is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Virginia Tech
North Carolina is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech home to Duke, Saturday, October 13
North Carolina at Miami, Saturday, October 13