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The 10th-rankedand 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.
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,.
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- 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
Why North Carolina can cover
The Tar Heels are led by junior quarterback, 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 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, 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 and responded with three catches for 35 yards. He scored his first career receiving touchdown, a 24-yarder, at 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, 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 , 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, 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..
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