Saturday, October 8, 2016
Kenan Memorial Stadium
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The Virginia Tech Hokies take on the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The opening line for this game has North Carolina as 5.5 point favorites. This season the Hokies are 2-2-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 3-1-0. The Tar Heels have an over/under record of 3-2-0 and they are 3-2-0 against the spread.
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Jerod Evans finished with 253 yards through the air for Virginia Tech last week. He completed 16 passes out of 23 attempts for a 70% completion percentage. The Hokies were led in rushing by Marshawn Williams, who finished with 81 yards on 15 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 5 yards per carry. Isaiah Ford was the team leader in receiving with a total of 91 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 23 yards per reception. As a team in that game Virginia Tech got a total of 25 first downs. Of those first downs, 12 came on the ground while 10 came through the air. They ran 77 total plays for 476 yards for the game. The Hokies ran for 223 yards on 50 attempts.
Mitch Trubisky finished with 405 yards passing for North Carolina last week. He went 31 for 38, resulting in a 82% completion percentage. The Tar Heels were led on the ground by T.J. Logan, who finished with 77 yards on 10 carries. He ended the game with an average of 8 yards per rush. Ryan Switzer led the team in receiving with 158 yards and 14 catches. He finished the game with an average of 11 yards per reception. North Carolina had 28 first downs total. 8 came from running the ball and 18 came from a pass. They ran 70 total plays for 538 yards for the contest. The Tar Heels ran for 133 yards on 32 carries as a team.
Virginia Tech scores 40.8 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 26th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 19 passes on 29.8 attempts for a 63.9 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 253.5 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 51st in college football. The Hokies run for an average of 195.5 yards per game on 47 attempts for an average of 4.2 yards per carry. That ranks them 49th in the nation. They also run 76.8 plays per contest and average 5.9 yards per play for an average of 449 yards per game, ranking their offense 48th overall this season. The Hokies average 22 first downs per game which ranks them 58th in the country. They accumulate 54.3 penalty yards per game via 5.8 penalties, which ranks 66th in the nation.
Virginia Tech allows 150.8 passing yards per game, ranking 10th in D-1, and they allow 18.8 points per contest on defense, which ranks 26th. They give up 11.3 completions on 27.3 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 41.3. The Hokies allow 113.5 rushing yards per game on 36 carries for an average of 3.2 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 25th in the country. Virginia Tech allows 264.3 total yards per game including 4.2 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 9th in terms of yards per game. They force 2 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 9 penalties for 67.8 yards per game, ranking them 108th among D-1 teams.
North Carolina averages 40.4 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 27th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 27.6 passes per game on 36.4 attempts for a 75.8 percent completion percentage. They throw for 348.2 yards through the air per game, ranking them 12th in Division 1. The Tar Heels run for an average of 136 yards per game on 28.4 attempts for an average of 4.8 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 101st on the ground. They also run 64.8 plays per game and average 7.5 yards per play for a total of 484.2 yards per game, ranking them 31st in the country on offense. The Tar Heels get an average of 23.4 first downs per game, which ranks 45th in the nation. They average 69.4 penalty yards per game via 8 penalties, ranking them 25th in college football.
North Carolina allows an average of 222 passing yards per game, which ranks 59th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 31 points per contest, which has them ranked 90th in the nation. They give up 17.2 completions on 28.2 attempts for a completion percentage of 61 per game. The Tar Heels allow 236.8 rushing yards per contest on 47.2 carries for a 5 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 116th in the country. North Carolina allows 458.8 total yards per game for an average of 6.1 yards per play, which ranks 105th in D-1. They force 0.6 turnovers per contest and 9.2 penalties for 76.8 yards in each contest, ranking 122nd in the nation.
Virginia Tech Betting Trends
Virginia Tech is 3-1-0 against the over/under this season
Virginia Tech has an ATS record of 2-2-0 this season
North Carolina Betting Trends
North Carolina is 3-2-0 against the over/under this season
North Carolina has an ATS record of 3-2-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
10/02/16 OL Parker Osterloh Lower Body "?" Saturday vs. North Carolina
09/17/16 RB Deshawn McClease Lower Body out for season
09/12/16 LB Trent Young Knee out for season
09/22/16 DE Tomon Fox Leg out indefinitely
09/14/16 LB Allen Artis Suspension out indefinitely
09/13/16 OT John Ferranto Pectoral out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Virginia Tech
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