North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech Odds: UNC Given 66.7% Chance to Beat Va Tech
For the last 5-10 years the ACC hasn't really been up for grabs, it's been Clemson's conference to dominate. Now, I'm not saying that Clemson won't win the ACC this year. On the contrary, they almost certainly will. But, with Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne and a whole host of other NFL prospects gone, now is a good time for other teams to try and step in.
One of those teams looking to fill the shoes that Lawrence and the rest of the Clemson stars left is North Carolina. UNC is the 10th-ranked team in the country and returns Heisman hopeful Sam Howell at quarterback. Head coach Mack Brown has UNC back before his former school Texas managed to put together a national contender.
But, if UNC is going to become an ACC, and national title, contender, it starts Friday against conference rival Virginia Tech. North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech odds give the distinct advantage to the Tar Heels, but we won't know for sure until the two teams meet in Blacksburg.
While North Carolina is indeed the favorite, Virginia Tech leads the lifetime series between these two teams with a 24-12-6 record.
But, UNC did snap a four-year losing streak to the Hokies last year in a 56-43 thriller. How should you bet on North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech odds? Let's break it all down.
North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech
Date: Friday, September 3
Time: 6:00 PM ET
Location: Lane Stadium (Blacksburg, VA)
North Carolina Record: 0-0 (0-0 ACC)
Virginia Tech Record: 0-0 (0-0 ACC)
North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech Preview
The North Carolina hype train is all centered around the fact that they have one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Sam Howell.
Howell threw for 3,586 yards, good for 4th in the nation, 30 touchdowns and just seven interceptions while completing 68.1% of his passes. He is awesome and will get tons of NFL hype, but think about all the production they lost.
Wide receivers Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome were huge difference makers for UNC last year, but they're both off to the NFL this year. That leaves Khafre Brown as the No. 1 option for Howell.
As for the running game, it's going to be missing a ton of production. Michael Carter and Javonte Williams are also in the League now, meaning it's up to Tennessee transfer Ty Chandler to carry the load.
Virginia Tech's offense is led by quarterback and Oregon transfer Braxton Burmeister. Burmeister looks to come in and give Justin Fuente another top-tier offense, but with less reliance on the ground game.
Both Khalil Herbert and Hendon Hooker are gone, so Burmeister will be expected to air it out more and rely on a solid group of wide receivers to make plays.
North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech odds giving Va Tech 5.5 points at home, in front of a crazy crowd, may be a little too generous for Mack Brown and his squad.
North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech Odds
There is tons of hype around this year's North Carolina team, so it makes sense why they are No. 10 in the country. But, the line coming to us from the North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech odds kind of shocked me, especially when considering all the success Va Tech has had at home.
Since 2010, UNC has won just one single game in Blacksburg and it came in 2015. The Hokies getting 5.5 points at home, against a team they historically handle well, seems a little fishy.
I get it, UNC and the Sam Howell hype train is in full effect, but they lost a ton of good production from last year's team.
The latest North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech odds give Virginia Tech 5.5 points and put them at +180 on the Moneyline. As for North Carolina, their moneyline odds sit at -200.
-200 implies North Carolina has a 66.7% chance to win. At +180, oddsmakers are giving Virginia Tech just a 35.7% shot.
North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech Betting
The betting public seems to agree with oddsmakers when it comes to North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech odds. Since betting opened for this game, the majority of bettors have picked the Tar Heels to beat the Hokies on Friday.
In that time period, 58.93% of bets have been on North Carolina to win while 41.07% have backed Va Tech.
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