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How the public is betting North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech in Week 6

Where are the bettors placing their wagers heading into Saturday’s ACC showdown?

North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Sam Howell drops back to pass during the second half against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium. Adam Richins-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels will host the 19th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday in an ACC showdown between a pair of 2-0 teams. North Carolina is coming off a 26-22 win over Boston College, while Virginia Tech beat Duke 38-31 on Saturday.

Where is the money headed going into this game? Are the bettors putting their money in the right spots? Here’s a breakdown of it all.

All odds and info is provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point spread

North Carolina opened as five-point favorites, and the number dropped to 3.5 with the money coming in on the underdogs. The Tar Heels are receiving 51% of the bets, but Virginia Tech is seeing 62% of the handle on its side.

Is the public right? The public is right to be betting on Virginia Tech. While the four-point spread isn’t outrageously high, North Carolina hasn’t done much for all the hype it has received. The Tar Heels are coming off a .500 regular season and didn’t look unbeatable in wins over Boston College and Syracuse this season.

Over/Under

The point total started at 60 before dropping down to 57.5. Fifty-one percent of bets are on the over, but almost all of the money took the under with 91% of the handle.

Is the public right? Wow that’s a lot of money on the under. I typically will side with the under in most scenarios. Virginia Tech has played in a pair of high-scoring games this season, while North Carolina games haven’t come all that close to the current point total.

Moneyline

North Carolina opened with -200 odds on the moneyline with Virginia Tech at +163. Just like in the point spread, the odds have moved into the Hokies’ favor. The Tar Heels’ moneyline odds are now at -175 with Virginia Tech at +143. The public is fairly split on moneyline bets. Fifty-one percent of them are siding with North Carolina, but 54% of the handle is with Virginia Tech.

Is the public right? Virginia Tech is worth the risk to take it on the moneyline. Virginia Tech is a bit of a wildcard with Hendon Hooker likely to return at quarterback, so there is some value on the Hokies.

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