North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Tech Hokies Prediction, 9/3/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Carolina Tar Heels vs Virginia Tech Hokies
Date: Friday, September 3, 2021
Location: Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Hokies (+5.5)
The North Carolina Tar Heels (8-3 last year) are en route to Lane Stadium on Friday where they will take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (5-6 last season). Virginia Tech opens as 5.5-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is 67.5.
The North Carolina Tar Heels wrapped up their season with a 8-3 record. In their last contest, the Tar Heels stepped onto the field against the Texas A&M Aggies and ended up losing by a score of 41-27. British Brooks led the offense in rushing for the Tar Heels with 15 attempts for 53 yds (3.5 yards per carry). Sam Howell finished 18/31 with 234 yds through the air and 3 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 147.0 and ended the contest with 1 interception. On the ground, the Tar Heels conceded 225 yards on 35 attempts, which is 6.4 yards per run allowed. North Carolina relinquished 16 pass completions on 26 attempts for 232 yds, and a completion percentage of 61.5%. When all was said and done, they ran 65 plays which totaled 324 yds. The North Carolina Tar Heels ended up running the ball 34 times and tallied 90 yards, which is an average of 2.6 yards per carry.
The Tar Heels tallied 6,123 total yards for last season. They turned the football over 12 times. North Carolina earned 28 touchdowns through the air and 35 rushing touchdowns. North Carolina accrued 299 1st downs, and they were flagged for 80 penalties for 776 yds. As a team they averaged 249.1 yds on the ground, which had them sitting 10th in D-1. In terms of scoring, the North Carolina Tar Heels held an average of 43.0 PPG.
The Tar Heels were sitting in 73rd in the country in terms of team defense, allowing 28.4 PPG. Opposing teams ran for an average of 4.1 yards per run and 147.8 rushing yards per game throughout last year. For the season, they conceded 1,626 yards on the ground in 11 games. In terms of yards via the pass, the Tar Heels conceded 2,728 yds which ranked them 123rd in Division 1. Over the course of their 11 games played last season, they conceded 248.0 yards per outing through the air as well as allowing a completion percentage of 58.2%. They gave up 17 passing touchdowns in addition to 20 touchdowns on the ground. They surrendered 395.8 yards/contest which put them 68th in the country.
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The Hokies wrapped up their season having earned a 5-6 mark. The last time they took the field, the Hokies walked away with a victory by a final of 33-15 against the Virginia Cavaliers. Braxton Burmeister (1 TD) ended the contest with 212 yds on 15/22 through the air while his quarterback rate was 164.1. He kept the ball away from the defense with no interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 9.6. Khalil Herbert carried the rock 20 times for 162 yards, finishing the contest with 8.1 yards per attempt for Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech rushed for 5.6 yards per tote, finishing the game with 252 yards on 45 attempts. The Hokies finished the game with 464 yards and they ran 67 plays (6.9 yds per play). The Hokies passing defense allowed a completion rate of 55.3%, relinquishing 267 yds on 26 for 47 through the air. Virginia Tech allowed 21 attempts on the ground for 55 yards (2.6 yards per rush).
When it comes to how much they scored, the Hokies earned a ranking of 44th in D-1 with a maintained average of 31.1 points per outing. Last season, the Hokies had a total of 2,207 yards through the air together with an average of 200.6 throwing yards per game, which had them ranked 91st in D-1. They had an average of 240.1 yards per game via the rush and toted the ball for 2,641 yards for the year. The Virginia Tech Hokies had an average of 440.7 yards per game ranking them 32nd in Division 1. The Virginia Tech offense totaled 517 penalty yds on 58 infractions, which had them sitting 48th in the country in terms of helping out the other team. They gave away 6 picks while letting opponents recover 8 fumbles and they earned 246 1st downs.
The Hokies gave up 32.1 points per game, ranking them 95th in the nation. In total, they gave up 353 points in total. Virginia Tech allowed a total of 1,997 yards rushing (181.5 yards/game) and 24 touchdowns via the rush last year. They gave up 19 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 265.3 yards per contest, ranking them 121st in college football. The Hokies defense took the field for 794 plays, which had them ranked 124th in D-1. They tallied 6 fumbles and 12 interceptions during the previous year.
Who will win tonight's Tar Heels/Hokies college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Tar Heels -5.5
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