Virginia Cavaliers vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Virginia Cavaliers vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Tar Heels (-8.5)
The Virginia Cavaliers (2-0) are headed to Kenan Stadium on Saturday where they will go up against the North Carolina Tar Heels (1-1). Virginia opens this matchup as 8.5-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The betting total is set at 64.
The Virginia Cavaliers come into this game with a record of 2-0 for this year. In their last game, the Cavaliers took on the Illinois Fighting Illini and notched a win by a score of 42-14. Brennan Armstrong went 27/36 with 405 yds passing and 5 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 209.8 and ended the contest with 1 interception. Wayne Taulapapa was the rushing leader for the Cavaliers with 10 carries for 35 yards (3.5 yds per carry). Overall, they tallied 72 plays for 558 yards. The Virginia Cavaliers ended up rushing 32 different times and compiled 135 yds, which is an average of 4.2 yards per tote. On the ground, the Cavaliers conceded 116 yards on 27 tries, which calculates to 4.3 yards per rush allowed. Virginia relinquished 24 completions on 45 attempts for a total of 221 yards, and a completion percentage of 53.3%.
When talking about scoring points, the Virginia Cavaliers are sitting at 42.5 points per game. As a team they are averaging 170.5 yards on the ground which ranks them 52nd in the country. The Cavaliers have earned 1,103 total yards for the season. In terms of getting in the endzone, Virginia has compiled 7 passing touchdowns and 4 rushing touchdowns. Virginia has accrued 53 first downs offensively, and they have been called for 10 infractions for 96 yds.
In terms of passing yardage, the Cavaliers have allowed 310 yards which has them sitting in 56th in Division 1. They have given up 155.0 yards per contest through the air and giving up a completion percentage of 55.7%. Over the course of this year, they are giving up 260.0 yards/outing which has them ranked 51st in D-1. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.3 yards per rush and 105.0 rushing yards per game on the year. Over the course of this year, they have given up 210 running yards through 2 games. The Cavaliers are ranked 16th in D-1 when it comes to team defense, allowing 7.0 points per game.
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The Tar Heels step onto the field holding a record of 1-1 this season. In their last game, the Tar Heels walked away with a victory by a final of 59-17 when they faced the Georgia State Panthers. Sam Howell (3 touchdowns) ended the game with 352 yards on 21/29 passing while his QB rating was 208.5. He didn't throw any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 12.1. Ty Chandler carried the rock 15 times for 58 yards, finishing the contest with 3.9 yards per attempt for North Carolina. The Tar Heels finished the game with a total of 607 yards while they ran 71 plays (8.5 yards per play). North Carolina rushed for 5.0 yards per attempt, finishing the contest with 201 yards on 40 carries. North Carolina relinquished 45 rush attempts for 181 yards (4.0 yards per carry). The Tar Heels pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 46.7%, surrendering 90 yards on 14 out of 30 through the air.
When looking at their ability to score points, the Tar Heels sit 48th in Division 1 with 34.5 points per game. During the season to this point, the Tar Heels have thrown for a total of 614 passing yards as well as an average of 307.0 passing yards per game, which has them ranked 16th in D-1. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 480.5 yards per outing, which has them ranked 23rd in the nation. The North Carolina offense has 79 yards of penalties on 8 infractions, which ranks them 92nd in D-1 in terms of helping out the opposition.
The Tar Heels are relinquishing 17.0 points per game, which puts them 54th in college football. North Carolina has allowed a total of 308 rushing yards (154.0 yards/game) in addition to 3 touchdowns via the rush on the year. This season, they have given up 34 points. They have given up 1 touchdown through the air as well as 129.5 yards per game, which has them in 40th in the nation. The Tar Heels defense has been on the field for 137 plays, which has them ranked 98th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Tar Heels college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cavaliers +8.5
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