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Sport North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech odds, line: 2021 college football picks, predictions from model on 57-37 run

16:25  03 september  2021
16:25  03 september  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

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The 10th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels and Virginia Tech Hokies kick off their 2021 season on Friday in a key ACC matchup. The Hokies have won four of the past five meetings against the Tar Heels, including two straight at Blacksburg, Va. The teams are meeting for the 18th consecutive season with Virginia Tech owning a 6-3 home record against North Carolina. The Tar Heels' last win in Blacksburg was a 30-27 overtime triumph in 2015 that clinched the Coastal Division championship.

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The game from Lane Stadium is slated to start at 6 p.m. ET. North Carolina finished ninth in the nation in scoring last season, averaging 41.7 points per game, while Virginia Tech was 43rd at 31.1. The Tar Heels are favored by 5.5 points in the latest North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 63.5. Before making any Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of more than $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It also enters Week 1 of the 2021 season on a 57-37 run on all top-rated college football picks. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

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Now, the model has set its sights on UNC vs. Virginia Tech. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds and trends for Virginia Tech vs. UNC:

  • North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech spread: North Carolina -5.5
  • North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech over-under: 63.5 points
  • North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech money line: North Carolina -230, Virginia Tech +190
  • UNC: The Tar Heels are 84-42-4 in season-opening games, including a 37-31 mark since the ACC was formed in 1953
  • VT: The Hokies are averaging 40.6 ppg in five meetings against North Carolina under coach Justin Fuente
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Why North Carolina can cover

The Tar Heels are led by junior quarterback Sam Howell, who finished with 30 touchdown passes in 2020. That was the most in the ACC and ranked sixth nationally. Howell set North Carolina single-game records with 550 passing yards, six passing touchdowns and seven total TDs against Wake Forest on Nov. 14. Howell has thrown a touchdown pass in all 25 games he's played as a Tar Heel, the longest active streak in the nation. He has also thrown multiple TD passes in 21 of the 25 games.

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Another returning weapon is sophomore wide receiver Khafre Brown, who appeared in all 12 games a year ago, making two starts. He caught 15 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns, averaging a team-leading 22.5 yards per reception. He made his first career start in the season opener against Syracuse and responded with three catches for 35 yards. He scored his first career receiving touchdown, a 24-yarder, at Boston College on Oct. 3.

Why Virginia Tech can cover

Despite that, the Tar Heels are not a lock to cover the North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech spread. That's because the Hokies return a big portion of their offense from a year ago. Among those is junior quarterback Braxton Burmeister, who led Virginia Tech to a 3-1 record in games he started in 2020. He completed 48 of 84 passes (57.1 percent) for 687 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a 131.3 rating. In the regular-season finale against Virginia, he completed 15 of 22 passes (68.2 percent) for 212 yards and one touchdown. He also carried seven times for 36 yards.

All five of the Hokies' top receivers are also back, including sophomore Tayvion Robinson, who led the team with 38 receptions for 592 yards (15.6 average) and three touchdowns. He also rushed five times for 48 yards (9.6 average). In last year's loss to the Tar Heels, Robinson caught four passes for 45 yards and a score. He had his best game against Virginia, when he caught five passes for 98 yards (19.6 average) and one touchdown.

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How to make Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina picks

SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 69 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins UNC vs. Virginia Tech? And which side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college football picks, and find out.

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