North Carolina at Virginia Tech 9/3/21 College Football Picks and Predictions
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Virginia Tech Hokies (0-0) vs North Carolina Tar Heels (0-0)
Game Info: Friday, September 3, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Lane Stadium/Worsham Field)
Betting Odds: Virginia Tech Hokies +5.5 -- Over/Under: 64 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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North Carolina faces Virginia Tech on Friday, September 3rd at Lane Stadium for a Week 1 college football matchup.
North Carolina enters the season as the #10 ranked team in FBS college football. North Carolina had a successful regular season under head coach Mack Brown, as the Tar Heels finished with an 8-3 record. North Carolina winded up losing to Texas A&M in the Orange Bowl 41-27. North Carolina is an experienced team once again as it returns eight starters on offense including starting quarterback, Sam Howell. Howell threw for 3,586 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 2020. North Carolina scored 41.5 points per game last season and should have one of the better offenses in college football yet again. North Carolina returns 10 starters defensively this season as well. Overall, this North Carolina team looks sharp on paper and is the favorite to win the coastal side of the ACC opposite side Clemson in the Atlantic.
Virginia Tech did not have the best year in the ACC last year, ending the season with a 5-6 overall record and a 5-5 record in ACC play. Virginia Tech had some notable wins over teams like NC State and Virginia, but also took losses it wishes it would not have taken against teams like Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, and Liberty. Virginia Tech returns eight starters on offense from last season but that does not include starting quarterback, Hendon Hooker, who transferred to Tennessee. Braxton Burmeister does return at QB for the Hokies and he is coming off a season in which he threw for 687 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and one interception. Virginia Tech returns seven starters on defense and is near the bottom of the ACC in total returning starters, so expect a new-look Virginia Tech team in 2021.
North Carolina is a 5.5-point favorite and the total is set at 64. It is never easy making a trip to Lane Stadium, especially in the first game of the season. There is a reason this spread is a lot lower than most would think, as Virginia Tech is not an easy atmosphere to play in. I think North Carolina's experience will overcome any road-team adversity that the Tar Heels may face. I trust UNC's offense to do enough damage in this one to win and cover.