North Carolina Vs. Virginia Tech: College Football Betting Lines, Odds and Trends – September 3, 2021

Written By Staff on September 4, 2021

The No. 10 North Carolina Tar Heels (0-0, 0-0 ACC) and the Virginia Tech Hokies (0-0, 0-0 ACC) meet in matchup between ACC rivals. The Hokies (+175 moneyline odds to win) will welcome the Tar Heels (-5.5) on September 3, 2021 at 6:00 PM ET on ESPN. The point total for the game is set at 66.5 points.

Before you place a bet on this game, check out this article for the best available odds and everything else you need to know about the matchup — from key metrics and player stats to betting trends and more.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of August 24, 2021, 12:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

North Carolina Vs. Virginia Tech Betting Odds

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North Carolina Offense Vs. Virginia Tech Defense (2020)

North Carolina Offense Stats (Rank) Virginia Tech Defense
41.7 (9) Points/Gm 32.1 (82)
537.3 (5) Yards/Gm 446.7 (101)
301.4 (18) Pass Yards/Gm 265.3 (106)
235.8 (11) Rush Yards/Gm 181.5 (85)
10.1 (6) Yards/Pass 7.5 (68)
5.8 (5) Yards/Rush 4.9 (93)
45.4% (27) 3rd Down % 40.3% (64)
13 (66) Turnovers 17 (31)
32 (120) Sacks 36 (5)

Virginia Tech Offense Vs. North Carolina Defense (2020)

Virginia Tech Offense Stats (Rank) North Carolina Defense
31.1 (43) Points/Gm 29.4 (64)
440.7 (31) Yards/Gm 400.9 (58)
200.6 (89) Pass Yards/Gm 246.7 (87)
240.1 (10) Rush Yards/Gm 154.3 (50)
8.7 (14) Yards/Pass 7.5 (68)
5.6 (9) Yards/Rush 4.3 (63)
37.8% (79) 3rd Down % 37.7% (42)
14 (72) Turnovers 11 (74)
22 (82) Sacks 32 (9)

When North Carolina Has The Ball

  • The Tar Heels allowed 32 sacks last year (eighth-most in college football), and the Hokies’ defense had the fifth-most with 36.
  • Virginia Tech’s defense ranked 101st in yards conceded per game last year (446.7), while North Carolina’s offense was fifth in college football at 537.3 yards per game.
  • The Tar Heels were fifth with 5.8 yards per carry last year, compared to the 4.9 per rush the Hokies allowed (93rd in the FBS).
  • North Carolina had one of college football’s best passing offenses last season, an 18th-ranked unit that picked up 301.4 yards per game. It will be up against the No. 106 defense in that category from a year ago, owned by Virginia Tech (265.3).

When Virginia Tech Has The Ball

  • The Hokies were 82nd-ranked in college football in sacks allowed last season (22), and are playing the team ranked ninth in bringing down opposing quarterbacks, the Tar Heels (32).
  • Virginia Tech averaged 5.6 yards per rushing attempt last year (ninth in the FBS), while North Carolina gave up 4.3 per carry (63rd in college football).
  • The Hokies averaged 8.7 yards per pass attempt last season (14th in the FBS), and the Tar Heels allowed 7.5 per pass (68th).
  • Virginia Tech’s running game ranked 10th in the FBS last season (240.1 yards per game), while North Carolina allowed 154.3 per game (50th-ranked run defense).

North Carolina Betting Trends And Insights

  • North Carolina went 5-6-0 ATS last season.
  • The Tar Heels covered the spread three times last season (3-5 ATS) when playing as at least 5.5-point favorites.
  • Last season, the combined scoring went over the point total six times in North Carolina’s games.
  • North Carolina and its opponents went over 66.5 combined points in six of 11 games last season.
  • The Tar Heels won 75% of the games last season they were the moneyline favorite (6-2).

Virginia Tech Betting Trends And Insights

  • Virginia Tech put together a 3-7-1 record against the spread last year.
  • The Hokies did not cover the spread when an underdog by 5.5 points or more last year (in one opportunity).
  • A total of six of Virginia Tech’s games last season hit the over.
  • In six games last season, North Carolina and its opponents scored more than 66.5 total points.
  • The Hokies lost both games they played as underdogs last season.

North Carolina Players To Watch

  • Sam Howell recorded 3,586 passing yards (298.8 yards per game) with a 68.1% completion percentage last year (237-of-348), while throwing 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also tacked on 146 rushing yards on 92 carries with five touchdowns, averaging 12.2 yards per game.
  • A season ago, Michael Carter racked up 1,245 rushing yards (113.2 yards per game) and scored nine touchdowns. He tacked on 25 catches for 267 yards (24.3 receiving yards per game) with two receiving touchdowns.
  • Last season Javonte Williams ran for 1,140 yards on 157 carries (103.6 ypg), with 19 rushing touchdowns. Williams also helped out in the passing game, catching 25 passes for 305 yards (27.7 ypg) and three touchdowns.
  • Dyami Brown grabbed 55 passes for 1,099 yards last season while scoring eight touchdowns. He averaged 99.9 yards per game.
  • Dazz Newsome added 684 yards on 54 grabs and six touchdowns. He put up 57.0 receiving yards per game last year.
  • Khafre Brown collected 337 yards on 15 catches with two touchdowns last year, averaging 37.4 yards per game.

Virginia Tech Players To Watch

  • Hendon Hooker threw for 1,339 yards while completing 65.3% of his passes (98-of-150), with nine touchdowns and five interceptions last year (167.4 yards per game). He also carried the ball 120 times for 620 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 77.5 yards per game.
  • Khalil Herbert took 155 carries for 1,183 rushing yards a season ago (107.5 yards per game) while scoring eight touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 179 yards (16.3 receiving yards per game) with one touchdown through the air.
  • Last season Tayvion Robinson notched 38 catches for 592 yards (53.8 ypg) while scoring three touchdowns.
  • Tre Turner’s stat line last year showed 34 catches for 529 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 52.9 receiving yards per game.
  • Last season James Mitchell caught 26 passes for 435 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 48.3 receiving yards per game.

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