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How and what to watch for No. 15 North Carolina vs. Virginia

In a battle of two non-traditionally good ACC teams, this game shouldn’t be close.

Michael Carter and Sam Howell of the North Carolina Tar Heels take the field for their game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Kenan Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

On Saturday night the 4-1 North Carolina Tar Heels head north to take on the 1-4 Virginia Cavaliers in a game that shows how far the ‘Hoos have fallen from last season’s ACC title game appearance.

The Cavs are struggling having lost four in a row. Last week was promising though, only falling by five points to the No 11 Miami Hurricanes. Quarterback Brennan Armstrong has just seven scores and six picks through the air, but the ground attack is promising, racking up close to 200 yards per game. It’s lead by Wayne Taulapapa, who averages nearly five yards per run and has three scores as well.

Those numbers are measly next to the Tar Heels offensive unit however. UNC averages 531 yards each game and UVA’s defense gives up over 400 each week on average. North Carolina Running back Michael Carter averages 7.9 yards per carry and has three scores. He should have a huge day against a Cavaliers defense that has given up close to 500 yards on the ground over the last three weeks.

Overall this season they’ve also had a tough time stopping the pass too, allowing nine scores overall and more than 600 yards in just the last two weeks. QB Sam Howell has been having a good year, and could have a big game on Saturday.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch No. 15 North Carolina vs. Virginia on Saturday, October 31st at 8:00 p.m. ET on the ACC Network, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: North Carolina (-7.5) vs Virginia
Point Total: 61.5
Money line: UNC (-250), UVA (+200)

  • UNC is 6-2 ATS in its last eight games
  • UNC is 1-4 ATS in its last five against UVA
  • UVA is 6-3 ATS in its last nine
  • The total has gone under in 11 of the last 15 times these teams have met.

The Best Bet

UVA has struggled scoring, and they’ve given up a ton of yards and points. The Tar Heels can simply just score, averaging close to 40 points each game. This could be a rout.

Pick: UNC -7.5

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