Virginia Tech at North Carolina: 10/10/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Virginia Tech Hokies (2-0) at North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Kenan Memorial Stadium)
The Line: North Carolina Tar Heels -5.5 -- Over/Under: 60 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 19th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies will travel to Kenan Stadium to take on the 8th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The 19th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies improved to 2-0 (2-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the Duke Blue Devils, 38-31, this past Saturday. Virginia Tech was outstanding offensively agianst the Blue Devils and was able to pull away for the victory after a 60-yard TD run by Khalil Herbert gave the Hokies a 38-28 lead with 2:20 left in the 4th quarter. Virginia Tech outgained Duke by a 487-410 margin, however, did lose the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Hokies was RB Khalil Herbert who had 208 rushing yards and 2 TD’s on 20 carries.
On the season, Virginia Tech is averaging 41.5 ppg on 491.0 total yards per game (172.0 passing yds/g; 319.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Hokies have been led by RB Khalil Herbert who had 312 yards & 3 TD’s on 26 att. Also, in the backfield with Herbert has been Raheem Blackshear who had 75 yards and a TD on 21 att. QB Braxton Burmeister has completed 44.4% of his passes for 269 yards, 1 TD, & 1 INT while also adding 100 yards & 2 TD’s on the ground. The top receivers for the Hokies have been Tayvion Robinson (6 rec, 125 yards, TD), James Mitchell (6 rec, 91 yards, 2 TD), and Tre Turner (4 rec, 63 yards).
Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing their opponents to average 27.5 ppg on 398.0 total yards per game (259.0 passing yds/g; 139.0 rushing yds/g).
The 8th ranked North Carolina Tar Heels improved to 2-0 (2-0 ACC) on the season after defeating the Boston College Eagles, 26-22, this past Saturday. North Carolina led for the majority of the game and was able to hang on late for the victory after stopping Boston College’s two-point attempt that would have tied the game with just :45 seconds left in regulation. North Carolina outgained Boston College by a 401-353 margin, however, did not force a turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Tar Heels was RB Michael Carter who had 121 rushing yards on 16 carries.
On the season, North Carolina is averaging 28.5 ppg on 432.0 total yards per game (264.0 passing yds/g; 168.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, North Carolina has been led by QB Sam Howell who has completed 65.0% of his passes for 520 yards, 3 TD, & 3 INT. The Tar Hells backfield has been led by RB Michael Carter (23 att, 199 yards) and Javonte Williams (25 att, 114 yards, 4 TD; 3 rec, 78 yards, TD). Leading the way for the receivers in the North Carolina passing game has been Dyami Brown (10 rec, 154 yards), Beau Corrales (7 rec, 82 yards), and Khafre Brown (5 rec, 70 yards).
Defensively, North Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 14.0 ppg on 277.5 total yards per game (223.5 passing yds/g; 54.0 rushing yds/g).
The Tar Heels are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games agianst North Carolina. The Tar Heels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games played on Saturday home games.
North Carolina is a good football team, but I think a bit overrated and not yet a top-10 team in the country. I have been more impressed what I have seen from Virginia Tech this season, especially after seeing the same NC State team they defeated by a 45-24 margin, upset a good Pittsburgh team last week. Virginia Tech has an outstanding running game which I think will help keep the ball out of Sam Howell’s hands and between the fact that Virginia Tech has had recent success in this series and that I think this game is going to come down to the wire, I'm going to take the Hokies and the points. Good Luck!